The Q&A Archives: Container Vegetable Garden

Question: I live in a second floor apartment and would like to start a container vegetable garden. However, I am having difficulty finding literature on hw to begin, what species will do well, etc. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

Answer: The sourcebook "Passport to Gardening" (by LaLiberte & Watson, Chelsea Green Press 1997) suggests "The Movable Harvest" by Chuck & Barbara Crandall (Chapters, 1995). For "instant info", check out the fact sheet at <br>and love container gardening - do quite a bit of it myself, almost all of my veggies are in containers. Of course the first vegetable that comes to mind are tomatoes. Burpee carries several varieties specifically hybridized to grow well in containers. Generally, compact and fast growers like lettuces, shallow root crops like radishes and beets, and fruiting crops like chili peppers, tomatoes, and mini bell peppers will grow well in containers. I have also had success with broccoli, cauliflower, and baby carrots. Of course you can't forget about herbs to accompany your vegetables! The main consideration is choosing a container appropriate for the plants,yet will fit on a second floor balcony. The books mentioned above should help! Enjoy!

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