Spring is a great time to be outdoors and what better way to enjoy it then planting a garden. If you are new to gardening why not start with a few containers. This will keep your garden small and no turning or digging up the yard. Many plants thrive in containers and its a fun way to learn how to grow your own food.
There are some great places to learn about gardening and obtain all your supplies here in Pinellas County. Your local Home Depot is a great resource with plenty of variety in both seeds and plants that have been started for you. If you are new to gardening I would recommend starting with a plant. Find a couple of containers that you like and get started.
There is great satisfaction from growing your own food. For one, you just walk outside and pick what you want to eat. For another, you know how your plants are grown and what has been put on them. Imagine walking out your back door, going to your big bushel of tomato’s and picking one off the vine. The beautiful red color is just pulling you in, begging to be eaten. You take a bite and juice goes everywhere. Doesn’t that get your mouth watering?
When you visit Home Depot be sure to speak with one of the specialists there so they can help you obtain all the necessary items to start your garden. You will need make sure your containers are food-safe; terra cotta pots are good to use as well as plastic containers. Depending on what you are growing you can generally put several small plants in one long, rectangular pot. Some of the larger plants do better if they are in their own pot. Be sure to include some herbs so you can add these to your favorite recipes.
Regardless of the size and choice of your container garden, you will definately need some durable tools. Be sure to include watering cans, transplanting trowels, wrist-easy hand rakes, pruners and soil-testing kits.
Some great vegetables to plant that do well in containers include Summer Squash, Tomato’s (you will need some assistance with these vines likes stakes and deep holders), spinach (this grows better in organically rich soil), cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, blueberries, fresh herbs and more. See what is locally available and dig right in.
Now that your interest is peaked, its time to get out an play in the dirt! Happy planting.