Container Gardening: Big Benefits in Small Spaces
May 28, 2020 | Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
The interest in growing our own produce increases daily. Everyone can garden, even apartment dwellers and those with limited outdoor space. The Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep series is helping Iowans learn to grow their own food at home. This week’s “Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep” video from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach addresses how to start a container garden to grow tasty foods at home.
Container gardens offer many benefits including:
- Requires less space than a traditional garden.
- Can be done on a porch or patio.
- Can be placed at a height that reduces bending.
There are many ways to create a container garden. You can use a variety of flower pots or larger containers, such as large plastic buckets, or build raised bed gardens. Almost any vegetable can be grown in a container garden. The best plants are those that are smaller and bushier and do not require staking. Check out the ISU Extension and Outreach publications Container Vegetable Gardening and Container Gardening FAQs.
ISU Extension and Outreach will continue hosting weekly “Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep” quickinars. The quickinars offer 5-15 minute online lessons of seasonally appropriate topics for the garden, food preparation and food preservation. Some upcoming topics include:
- Cool and warm season crops (lettuce, spinach, peas)
- Freezing produce
- Freezer jams (strawberry)
- Scouting for garden pests
- Weeding and watering basics
- Produce food safety
- Canning produce
Written by guest bloggers Ruth Litchfield and Sarah Francis. Doctors Litchfield and Francis are faculty in the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.