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The Challenges of Growing Vegetables in Containers and How to Overcome Them

I love growing vegetables in containers. Don’t get me wrong; I couldn’t be happier to have the space to grow a big garden in my backyard, but I’ve always loved having a few or more containers full of vegetables on the porch or decorating the front steps. Flowers are nice, but I’ll take a planter full of rosemary any day.

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The 6 Best Containers for Container Gardening

You’ve probably heard that using old wood pallets isn’t the best idea, because you never know what they were carrying and could be filled with poisons you don’t want leaching into your soil and food. So then, if the most Pinterest-ed DIY project is null, what are the best containers for container gardening when you grow food? Mason jars. That’s the end of the list. Pure glass, no plastic.

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5 Vegetables You Can Grow in Hanging Baskets on a Porch

Is there anything better than sitting on a porch, drinking a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade, and reading a good book? I love a good porch sit but what I love even better is utilizing porch real estate as bonus garden space. I’ve written about the joys of container gardening before and how it’s a great gardening entry point, but we shouldn’t forget to think vertically too.

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Pros and Cons of Fabric Grow Bags for Vegetables

In some universe, there’s an older version of me sitting in a rocking chair on a big farmhouse porch, looking in disbelief at the latest gardening catalog. I can hear myself now: “Fabric grow bags? What’s with all these newfangled things. Back in my day we just put seeds in the dirt.”

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Making Food-Safe DIY Window Box Planters Fit for a Home Chef

I love window boxes – especially those DIY window box planters I come across now and then. They’re just bursting with personality. I saw a fantastic steampunk window box a few years ago that I wish I would have taken a picture of. The box itself was ordinary, but it was embellished with these amazingly detailed metal gears, copper piping, and even a few pocket watches thrown in for good measure. Naturally, there was garlic growing in the box.

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What Can You Grow in Deck Rail Planters?

I’ve always loved deck rail planters and window boxes. They’re kind of quaint, and they can bring some natural beauty to a space that’s usually ignored. It’s always nice to walk by a house and see lots of colorful flowers hanging over the railings of a front porch or balcony.

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How to Fertilize Container Vegetables for Best Results

Have I told you how much I adore container gardens? Container gardens are the quiet MVP of the vegetable gardening world. Container gardening provides accessibility to everyone. If you rent a house or apartment, a traditional garden bed might not be feasible. With the help of containers, you can turn a porch, deck, or balcony into a lush vegetable garden. (All without losing your security deposit!) Before starting out, it’s important to learn how to fertilize container vegetables.

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How to Clean Terracotta Pots of Algae, Minerals, and Disease

Plants don’t just absorb nutrients from their environment; they actually filter them out too! That’s why we’re able to grow plants using manure, for instance. If you’ve inherited old pots from previous owners, you may be wondering what was used inside them before they were yours. Plastic—which certainly has its own risks—can be washed down […]

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How to Prevent Fungus on Vegetables in Pots & Containers

It’s a real bummer to find fungus on your vegetables. You spend months nurturing them, ensuring they get plenty of sunshine, water, fresh air, and the Netflix password. Then one day, seemingly out of nowhere, your vegetables aren’t looking so hot.  While fungus on vegetables, herbs, and other houseplants doesn’t look great, the real problem […]

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How to Build a Vertical Tomato Trellis 5 Ways

Tomatoes are nature’s little miracle, aren’t they? From my favorite summertime tomato recipes to preserving tomatoes for use all winter long, homegrown tomatoes are enjoyed year-round at my house. From seed to table, the key to growing delicious and abundant tomatoes is supporting the plants and keeping the fruits off the ground. Tomato cages are an obvious solution and fairly easy to find at your local garden store. But cages aren’t the only answer. There are different ways to build a vertical tomato trellis that will accomplish the same goals as a traditional tomato cage.