Window Box Veggies

July 7, 2007

So, you think you don’t have a place to grow a vegetable garden. Well how about raising a few tasty organic veggies right on your deck or patio?

I’m sure there are plenty of empty containers and pots around the house that would work very nicely to create your own edible garden on the patio or deck.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Window Box CucumbersI just wanted to share the results of a window box container that I planted with various vegetable plants earlier this spring. The window box is ten inches wide, twenty-eight inches long, and contains about seven inches of light potting soil and compost mixture.

The container is loaded with edible goodies; three heirloom eggplants, a sweet bell pepper plant, a couple of cucumbers, and even a watermelon vine. All of the organic veggies are growing nicely and the cucumber has already begun yielding fruits.

If you’re careful to keep the plants watered and give them an occasional dose of an organic fertilizer, the container gardener can harvest fresh produce just as easily as the gardener growing crops in the ground.

Great Choices for Edible Container Gardening

With a proper container and a little ingenuity there’s no limit to the types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you can cultivate regardless of whether or not you have a backyard or garden. Other edibles that will grow well in containers include: tomatoes, Swiss Chard, kale, strawberries, lettuce, radishes, leafy greens, and squash.

Sage, Rosemary, and ThymesThen there are the herbs and edible flowers that will be perfectly content and make themselves right at home in a simple pot or container. Rosemary, chives, thyme, bay laurel, nasturtiums, parsley, basil, sage, and others will all flourish in containers. The smaller herb plants can be grouped together in a pot or strawberry jar, while the bay and Rosemary will stretch out in a planter of their own.

With a little more effort and care your patio garden can even include fruit trees such as figs, dwarf pears, citrus fruits, dwarf peaches, and columnar apples that are suitable for container culture.

Container Bay PlantIf you’re interested in learning more about edible container gardening pick up a good gardening book such as; Edible Container Garden, Little Herb Gardens, or McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container, which all focus on the details of raising edible plants in containers.

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  • Jessi B

    Growing up, I always helped my grandparents (on both sides of the family) with gardens. Now that I’m 22, have a house of my own, and starting a family, I want to start a vegetable garden as well. Unfortunately, I don’t really know where to start. I can’t count how many tomato plants, bean plants, squash, kholorabi, etc etc I’ve planted, but I was always told where and how. Over the years, some of the information has kind of faded. Where do I begin?

  • Kenny Point

    Jessi, sounds like you probably know more about gardening than you’re giving yourself credit for. I would say to just go for it and get started again. There is a ton of great gardening information available at no cost on the Internet. There are also good gardening books available at the bookstore and library. I have also written a gardening eBook that covers all of the basics of growing a vegetable garden. So where do you begin?… it always starts with the soil! Good Luck!

  • Jessie, I imagine that you have many fond memories planting with your grandparents, I know that I do. You will be surprised once you get started how much will come back to you. I would start by writing down what you want to plant, then make a diagram of the area you will use as a garden. Always start will excellent soil, and keep in mind the sun’s location. If you are removing grass from an area- it is important to note that that soil under the grass may bring many unwanted guests to your vegetables. We have been growing vegetables and flowers for a living as well as for our own pleasure, infact we are 5th generation of greenhouse growers, if you need any information you can visit our site at, and I hope that you can find some information that will be helpful for you. Just remember all of the good times that you had with your family and the love of planting will return.

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  • Hi Kenny,

    I love your garden! My name is Nicole and I live in a apartment in NYC and would like to know what fruits and vegetables I can grow in my window box (I have 3 window boxes)? Also can you grow tomatoes and train them to grow horizontal, and what herbs are small to group together? Thanks!

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