Containers Fit Everywhere

bred especially for container growing—and a healthy measure of intelligent planning.

The choice of containers is as broad as your imagination. From recycled coffee cans to large patio planters, from cut-down milk cartons to redwood boxes to wicker baskets to plastic garbage cans, there are containers to suit every space and pocketbook. Depending on the size of your containers and the material used to make them, you will buy ready-to-use soil or you will mix up your own blend. The amount and frequency of watering will also depend on the type of containers used. In this chapter we will consider each of these aspects of container gardening separately and in relation to each other.

In the heart of downtown San Francisco, a couple from the midwest grow corn, beans, squash and other tasty crops on the roof of their ultramodern apartment house. In Chicago, a 60-year-old widow tends a profusion of greens in one small, south-facing window. And in New York City, a working man grows a huge crop of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and more under lights in a four-by-seven closet

Vegetable gardening in containers is astonishingly simple; no matter where you live, there is no reason not to enjoy vegetables the year round, fresh-picked from your own (container) garden. The prerequisites are very basic: containers and somewhere to put them, a suitable growing medium (potting soil or other mixture), light and water, and maintenance. Just add the right kind of seeds—many catalogs list varieties

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