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by Lindsey Sexton - April 10, 2023
Container gardening can be a rewarding way to try your hand at growing fresh produce.
And since this spring has seen its last freeze, now’s the time to plant your garden.
Container gardening is a very simple approach to gardening that allows you to use
a patio or porch to grow food in pots or other containers. It is helpful when you
do not have land to till up or when you just want to grow a few plants and not a whole
Food-producing seeds, seedlings, and plants can be bought with with SNAP benefits.
Many grocery stores, farm stands, and farmers markets carry food-producing plants.
And be on the lookout for vendors participating in the Double Up Food Bucks program.
You’ll be able to buy twice as much for the same price. Participating locations for
2021 can be found on the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention website.
With just a few pots or 5 gallon buckets, container gardening is great for anyone
with limited space. Containers allow the gardener to grow plants anywhere there is
sunshine. Visit Planning a Vegetable Garden in Arkansas for more information on putting in a container garden at your home.
Days to maturity varies by plant variety, plant-stage at time of purchase, and weather
conditions. So keep in mind that if you purchase seedlings, they will take longer
to produce than budding or fruiting plants.
Many factors should be considered when selecting the garden site. The size of the
garden is determined by the available space, the number of members in the family and
how the produce will be used.
Sunlight is essential to plant growth. Vegetables should receive a minimum of six
hours of direct sunlight during the day. Tomatoes, corn, peppers, cucumbers, root
crops and melons need full sunlight. Some of the leafy vegetables like cabbage, broccoli
and cauliflower will tolerate more shade.
For larger containers or straw bale gardens, let your tastebuds be your guide when it comes to choosing which foods to grow together.
Think back to the last time you had pizza for dinner. Do any herb and vegetable flavors
come to mind? They would probably grow well together. Roma tomatoes, parsley, basil,
oregano, and garlic all make a slice of ‘za better, especially when grown by you.
Here are a few more planting ideas to help get your summer garden started:
Chile Relleno Garden
Herbs are also a great food to grow in Arkansas. They thrive in the sun and warm weather.
They are also easy to maintain. Just water them whenever the soil becomes dry to the
touch. Herbs will even grow inside if you have a very sunny window for them.
It is so wonderful to be able to snip a few sprigs to add flavor to cooking. Herbs
are rather expensive at the grocery store and can spoil quickly, so being able to
cut them from the back patio is a real treat.
For more ideas on herb gardening, check out our article, Growing Herbs in Arkansas.
Then try this tasty recipe using a couple of homegrown companions - cucumbers and
Calories 331Fat 1gProtein 5gCarbohydrate 68gFiber 5gSodium 344mg