Is there anything more delicious than a fresh tomato still warm from the sun, plucked off the vine, sliced into a salad, and tossed with some great olive oil and fresh herbs? A home garden yields delicious, healthy foods like these. But not everyone has the space for a garden. Thumbs aren’t always green. If we’re singing your song, we’ve got an answer: container gardening.
Planting vegetables into individual containers puts deliciousness right outside your back door or on your patio or balcony. It’s fun, easy, cost-saving, and space-saving. It’s also a convenient alternative to frequenting the grocery store and risking exposure to COVID-19. May is the perfect month to start. You’ll find everything you need at your local nursery, big-box store, or online.
How to start a container garden
- Decide how many containers your space can accommodate. They’re available in many sizes, shapes, and materials.
- Buy bagged soil specifically for vegetable growing, or mix some in with soil from your yard.
- Choose your seedlings (small plants). Your local store will likely stock several varieties that will thrive in our area (Cuyahoga, Portage, Geauga, and Summit Counties). Buy what you love; for example, cherry tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, arugula, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, and baby beets. Consider purchasing dwarf or bush varieties, which are more compact for container growing.
- Plant seedlings in pots, water thoroughly and continue to water daily until the plants are well-established.
If you’ve got extra space, time, and ambition, a raised garden bed is another great way to pack a lot of plants into a small space. Consult your local nursery, an online seed company, gardening catalog, or the internet for advice and ideas about starting or maintaining both containers and raised gardens.
Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, hope we’ve inspired you to continue eating healthy foods during these trying times. Remember, we’re just a phone call away if your activities are hampered by foot or ankle pain. Call us in Solon, Ohio, at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online.