Vegetable Gardening

burnabyclipper

I decided I want to try my hand at a small veg. garden.  I live in an apt. so can only grow small vegetables, watermelons are out of the question.  Can anyone recommend any to try? I have already decided on cherry tomatoes, but have three more window boxes to fill.  I am on the north/west corner so get morning and afternoon sun.  Any ideas?  Thanks in advance!
May 19, 2012 @ 03:07 pm


5 Replies

takoda

Veggie's

You can plant just about anything in a pot, or planter box and it will
grow as
long as you care for it right. Even cucumbers can be grown in a box, like the
boxes you
said you have. All type's of tomatoes can be grown too, not just cherry tomatoes. Plants will grow
to their environment. You can try lettuce and if your boxes are deep
enough you can even try carrot's. Pepper's would be nice, but I always had a hard
time getting my pepper's. I never could get them to grow thick enough.
That was one plant that I
just couldn't get to grown right when I had my big out door garden. You
can also try putting some herbs
in your boxes and bring them in over the winter, so you'll have fresh herbs
year around. I have a bucket full of chive that I've bin growing for
years now. I'm pretty sure if you look up box veggie gardening you be
surprised at how much you can really grow this way. Give that a try and let me know how
you made out. I loved my gardens, but with all my health problems I just
can do it any longer. Ounce you get you boxes going I'd love to see
some pic.'s Good Luck to ya and happy gardening!
May 21, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Bren

Veggie Garden

Hi I lived in Burnaby for many years(so I know what the weather is like there) and before being in a house and lived in a apartment I grew many things in pots....Check out Wing Wong Farms or Hop on farms on Marine Drive they were my favorite for buying plants!

Try patio tomatoes,tumbler tomatoes,herbs, chard's,hot peppers,You can actually grow just about anything in a pot just be sure to stake and tie up branches if they get to high...But now a days there are so many patio varieties of plants that are just perfect for containers...
Read the labels or ask the gardening assistant for help.....

Good Luck!Nothing is more rewarding then growing your own vegetables.Enjoy your crop :)
May 21, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
shagtownlady

Agreed

I agree with the ladies above, you can pretty much grow anything in containers! I don't have alot of experience yet, but I've tried peas, tomatoes and romaine lettuce and they all grew amazingly well (the peas and tomatoes needed trailing support, but there's lots of ways to deal with that).
You can get really creative, especially with trailing / viney plants - just train them as they grow to hang off the side of a hanging planter, or to grow up a railing, trellis, cage, etc.
If you're interested in starting things from seed, or want to try out some organic and heirloom varieties, you should check out Cubits on etsy ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/cubits?ref=ss_profile ). They are Toronto based and they ship everything for free - I've tried the Freckles Romaine lettuce and a few tomatoes (this year it's Silvery Pine tomatoes, which are supposed to be great in containers!).
Also check out http://www.yougrowgirl.com/, it's all about growing especially with containers in limited space! Cheers and good luck!

May 22, 2012 @ 12:21 pm
Aliza

Agreed

I've grown tomatoes and herbs out of planters boxes and loved it!
May 22, 2012 @ 01:26 pm
burnabyclipper

Thanks!

Thanks everyone for the ideas, much appreciated. Off to the garden shop this week.
May 22, 2012 @ 07:26 pm

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