Container Gardening: A Introduction to Sustainable Food

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In 2012, Scarborough revealed a study claiming that around half of all Americans had done some type of gardening work within the past year. Gardening for many consisted of basic landscaping and planting spring flowers. These basic tasks can translate to survival in a crisis situation. Producing your own fruits and vegetables is easier than you think. It doesn’t even require much of a yard. Resourcefulness combined with some creative solutions can help survivalists with little space grow gardens in small containers.

What is Container Gardening?

Container gardening can be anything grown in pots or containers. It can be done inside or outside. Many people who live in condos, smaller homes, or apartments use decks, sunrooms and even sidewalks for container gardening. Some of the benefits of container gardening are the control you have of the soil and the environment allowing extended growing periods. Your only limits are space and sunlight. Let your imagination expand your possibilities.

Best Foods for Container Gardening

Anything you can grow outside you can grow in a container. There are however certain plants that will thrive in containers. Beans that grow in bushes, cucumbers and peas do very well in large containers.

Root vegetables like radishes and carrots will also do very well in deep pots. Several containers under a trellis can be used to support beans and other vine plants.

Some other container-friendly crops include squash, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Also vegetables that grow in a head, like broccoli and cauliflower, can be good choices, as are lettuce or cabbage. Some crops, like romaine lettuce, basil and other herbs will continue to yield allowing you to continually harvest more as needed.

Tips for Container Gardening

Like many gardens, container gardens will require daily care. It is important to ensure a good supply of sunlight and plenty of water. Container plants dry out faster than plants in the ground. That said ensure each plant has ample drainage preventing mold.

The harvest you get is dependent on the size container that you have so keep in mind when selecting each pot. You can start out with large pots or transfer the seedlings from smaller containers. You might consider grow lights in order to extend the growing season if you do not live in warmer climates. This is only a beginning to your survival garden.

For more information about food survival, check out this presentation.