Chitika

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Can Grow At Home In Containers

By Rachel Cernansky - planetgreen.discovery.com


Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel.

As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry).

If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Just be sure to choose the right planter or container, learn how to maintain it properly, and go find yourself some seeds! (Or starter plants.)
Like this idea? Be sure to check out these 6 Crazy Concepts for Micro Gardens That Actually Work to get inspiration for designing your own garden in a small space.

Here’s a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home.

Tree fruits – including apples


1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.
2. Kumquats
3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)
4. Blackberries
5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)
6. Pomegranate
7. Cherries
8. Figs
9. Pears

Citrus fruits


Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don’t let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.
10. Dwarf oranges
11. Grapefruit
12. Tangerines
13. Meyer lemons
14. Limes

Tropical fruits


Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as…

15. Bananas (look for container gardening tips online)
16. Pineapple
17. Papaya
18. Guavas (several varieties)

The real surprises


19. Hops—yes, as in the “spice” ingredient in beer. Turns out they’re easy to grow!
20. Aloe Vera
21. Strawberries
22. Tea (well, herbal tea)
23. Quinoa!

The non-surprises


24. Tomatoes
25. Summer squash
26. Other squashes, like acorn and pumpkin
27. Hot Peppers
28. Sweet peppers
29. Cucumbers

Melons


30. Small cantaloupe
31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)
32. Golden Midget Watermelon

Herbs


Just about any herb grows well indoors—just be sure that if you’re going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.)

33. Basil
34. Oregano
35. Parsley
36. Rosemary
37. Chives
38. Catnip
39. Thyme
40. Sage
41. Parsley

Leafy Greens


42. Kale
43. Mesclun greens
44. Spinach
45. Swiss chard
46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)
47. Mustard greens
48. Collard greens
49. Arugula

Root Vegetables


50. Carrots
51. Beets
52. Potatoes

Other healthy-sounding stuff


53. Sprouts
54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts
55. Wheatgrass
56. Kohlrabi
57. Turnips
58. Rutabagas
59. Celeriac
60. Parsnips
61. Jerusalem Artichoke
62. Sugar snap peas
63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)
64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)
65. Pole Beans
66. Aaaand… asparagus, although some disagree that it does well in a container. Try it if you’re ok with a risk!

Bonus 67: You can grow your own loofah, too, but you’d need a garden rather than a container for that.

15 comments:

  1. Awesome! I want to thank you for this! If more people understand what it means to grow their own food and that they CAN grow their own food, we can really make a difference!

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  2. you need to join Pinterest

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  3. Wonderful article, thankyou. I am currently growing asparagus in a HUGE container - but it does grow happily. Have a nice day.

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  4. Thanks, now I want to grow an orange tree inside!!

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  5. Now that I've grown basil outside all Summer, I can't wait to start a plant indoors over the winter. Tastes and smells sooooo good!!!!!

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  6. Self-watering containers, storebought or homemade, are great for this. I grow some wonderful peppers and tomatoes in them.

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  7. My spuds and tomatoes have been a disaster this year, It has cost me money

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  8. How is Aloe a surprise... you buy it in the store in a pot... people grow it in pots in the house often in a kitchen for burns...

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  9. This is really helpful especially the one on fruit-bearing trees! Thanks!

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  10. I do have a question, how do you know what size container to use?

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  11. Burpee now has on deck corn,a hybrid designed to grow in containers.

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  12. I do know know who told you Hops are easy to grow. That is wrong! They are super temperamental and only like to grow in certain specific climates!

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  13. how did you start it?

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  14. What a bunch of whiney, negative, folks. Maybe social sharing isn't for you, thank you for some fun ideas. And ppppppffffflllbbbbbbbtttttttt to the negative nancy`s

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  15. Don't forget nuts ( walnuts, chestnuts ( acorns can be shelled and ground up into flour ! ), seeds - sunflower, oat, wheat and berries - black raspberries grow like weeds around here ! Zone 5

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