Have you ever considered growing a container garden? A container garden is a great option for those with limited space or those that are gardening for the first time. Late spring through early summer is an ideal time to start your own container garden.
Almost any vegetable or herb can be grown in a container. Some of the more popular container crops are peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, radish and cucumbers. A few of the herbs recommended for container gardening are parsley, rosemary, marjoram, basil, thyme and chives.
Container Gardening with Children
Container gardening provides an opportunity for children to learn new skills without investing a large amount of time or money. When children are involved growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, they are more likely to eat them. Helping them find success in gardening can be the start to a lifelong hobby that encourages physical activity, healthy eating and provides a wonderful way to enjoy time together as a family.
Try a themed container garden, as they can create more interest and learning. Possible choices include:
- Pizza Garden: tomato, basil, oregano, onion
- Salsa: tomato, cilantro, onion, hot peppers
- Salad: lettuce, arugula, radish, onion
Basil is an herb that grows well in a container garden. Store basil stems in water and cover with a plastic bag on the counter for up to ten days or in the refrigerator for up to five days. Always wash fresh basil under running water before using to avoid any contamination. The leaves can also be picked, washed, pat dried and stored in an airtight bag in the refrigerator. Basil is a tasty ingredient in soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of pasta dishes. Have your children help pick basil to prepare delicious recipes like these:
Container Gardening, University of Maryland Extension
Container Vegetable Gardening, Nebraska Extension
Fresh Herbs, Nebraska Extension
Field to Fork Basil, North Dakota State Extension
The First Steps of Vegetable Gardening, Nebraska Extension
Growing Herbs in Containers, Unversity of Illinois Extension
This newsletter was reviewed in 2020 by Terri James, Jordan Luxa, Carrie Miller and John Porter. Photo provided by Natalie Sehi.