Plants

25 Great Vegetables for the Container Garden

VegetablesMany vegetable plants will grow well in containers in balcony gardens. Some vegetables require large plant containers (or they can be grown in sturdy plastic bags), but many can be grown in smaller containers. The key to vegetable gardening success is watering them well.

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How to Grow and Care for Spinach in Containers

Spinach

Intro: Spinach, the nutritious leafy vegetable that most kids love to hate, is a popular food grown in small-space gardens such as balcony container gardens. This cool-weather crop grows well in plant containers and can provide great taste and healthy nutrients just 40 to 45 days after planting in the kitchen garden. The spinach plant does well in shady balcony gardens and in cooler areas, it is easy to harvest, and it is a beautiful and rich deep green color. What more could a balcony gardener ask for from a vegetable?

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How to Grow and Care for the Cucumber Plant in Containers

Cucumber plant

Intro: The important thing about growing cucumber plants is not their foliage or flowers, but the crop the plant will give you. Cucumbers are relatively large plants, taking up a lot of space with their vines and large leaves, but it is possible to grow these vegetables in containers in a balcony kitchen garden. Choose a large plant container (at least 20 inches deep and 20 inches in diameter), and a tall trellis (4 feet tall or so) that can be placed behind the plant container or staked into the container itself. Train the cucumber plant’s vines to grow up the trellis in order to maximize your floor space and allow the foliage more sun.

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How to Grow and Care for English Ivy (Branching Ivy) in Containers

English ivy Hedera helix

Intro: You’ve undoubtedly seen the fast-growing invasive English ivy, also known as branching ivy or glacier ivy, as ground cover in landscaping, and it is easy to grow in any balcony garden. It is almost impossible to kill this versatile container plant. It can be trained to grow up a trellis or in a hanging plant container. If grown in an indoor garden, English ivy cleans the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. 

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How to Grow and Care for Zinnias in Containers

 

Zinnia flower

Intro: Zinnias are beautiful flowers that are great for butterfly gardens. Zinnia flowers come in white, light green, yellow, orange, red and purple. There are many different Zinnia species, but the most common is Z. elegans. Zinnias have different flower petal arrangements – some have a single row of flower petals, while others have multiple rows that give the flower a more full, dome shape. These easy-to-grow flowers are great for plant containers in urban balcony gardens.

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