Growing vegetables is great fun, good exercise and a sure way to more nutritious eating. But for many of us, simply wanting to plant a garden may not be enough. We may lack a good site, or be too busy with other things. Container gardening is a simple and fun way to grow edible crops in just about any situation. It’s growing in popularity because it’s easy to get started and enables anyone to be successful— including those who think they have a “brown thumb”. Even if you have an in-ground vegetable garden you may find it desirable to have edible containers of herbs and salad greens near the kitchen door. This fact sheet has the basic information you’ll need to grow some of your own organic produce spring, summer, and fall!
The Growing Advantages
Organic gardening emphasizes soil improvement through the regular addition of organic matter, and biological and genetic diversity to manage insect and disease problems. A growing number of Marylanders are interested in buying and growing organic produce to reduce exposure to chemical pesticides.
For most gardeners, “organic” means no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to grow container vegetables organically. There are many types of organic fertilizers. And spraying, even with an organic pesticide, should rarely be necessary. This fact sheet emphasizes organic and sustainable growing practices that will save you money and put nutritious food on the table. For example, using recycled materials for containers, filling those containers with backyard or locally produced compost, and planting flowers to attract beneficial insects are all ways to create a low-cost, ecological garden.