I know many of you have expressed that you do not have room for a traditional homestead garden but still wish you could grow your own fruits and veggies at home. Well I am here to tell you that you can do it. Last year before we put in our raised bed gardens I grew all of our fruits and veggies in containers on my front porch. This type of gardening can be done anywhere and can be quite beneficial for many reasons. In fact, I still have a container garden on my front porch as well as my traditional bed gardens out back. I continue to container garden because:
- I have better control over animals eating my plants closer to the house.
- The soil remains softer in pots allowing some plants like carrots better conditions to grow.
- Easy access to plants such as lettuce and herbs right out my door.
- Shade and sun control.
- Edible Decor 🙂
Starting a container garden homestead is an easy process, especially if you choose the right ingredients. To begin you will want to find a few containers that you enjoy. I found these turquoise containers at Walmart and loved how they matched my home decor colors. I also make sure my containers have a drainage system in place. You will need something to collect access water below the container so you don’t create mold and rot on your porch beneath your garden containers.
Second, start with some good soil. I have the best luck when I mix manure and organic potting soil together. The potting soil is lighter while the manure is denser and contains the key nutrients the plants need to thrive.
Next, use a good seed. I prefer to start my gardens with seeds at the beginning of the season. The plants started by seed have shown to be hardier and more bountiful in my gardens than the plants transplanted from my local nursery. To make things even easier, Ferry Morse has a product called Seed Disks. I was able to try out the lettuce and hot pepper seed disks this year and I am blown away by how easy they were to use and how great of a return I received. All you do is lay the seed disk on the top of your soil in your container (they are cut in a circle to fit) and cover with a little soil. Within just a few weeks, your plants will be sprouting and completely fill in your pot.
Finally, enjoy your bounty.
If you can’t start a traditional garden due to lack of space, or even if you do. . you may find that container gardening is a great addition to your homestead. It will offer you different benefits that will compliment your already growing garden.
Check out my article on how to create a vertical herb garden (like the one shown to the left) here: Vertical Herb Garden DIY
<3 Dick and Jane
Disclosure: Ferry Morse provided me with the seeds for free to use for this post.