One of the newest trends is gardening in containers. This is not to be confused with container gardening but is growing vegetables and herbs in containers.
One of the main things that keep people from gardening is space. Compared to previous times people have far less yard area. Because of this, some have started to grow herbs and vegetables in containers and had good success. The only issue is when this first began, people would tend to do only one thing, like only one type of lettuce, etc. But as time has gone on, this practice has changed and people have started to get fancier with what they plant.
Not only are they using different types of greens, but they are also using different colors too. Now, not only do these containers not look plain, but they are worth growing even if you do not use the vegetables in them. Or if you do use them, you can grow them without missing the annuals that you would have planted there.
Here are 4 reasons why should consider growing vegetables in containers:
It is nice to have fresh vegetables and herbs:
Vegetables and herbs are a great addition to any meal, but you can’t beat fresh ones and you can’t beat homegrown. Not only are they tastier, they are also healthier.
They are easy to grow:
Growing herbs and vegetables in containers is really easy. All that needs to be done is watering, harvesting, and maybe a little trimming.
It adds interest to your patio:
Containers add interest to your patio or yard. They can be used to break up an area or fill an empty spot. Regardless of where you put them, they will brighten up your patio.
They look good:
Let’s face it, another good reason to grow herb and vegetables in containers is that they look good. A quick search will give you far more ideas than you need to create many different combinations.
Have you ever tried container gardening or can you think of another reason why you should garden in containers? Comment below.
Ken’s library is a small book collection at our Ronks location. Our library is available to you while you are here! Feel free to sit at our table and browse through the pages or roam the store to look for new plants. Please, return all books and magazines before checking out. Thank you!
This post features one of our favorite books written by Kerry Ann Mendez.
Back Cover Excerpt
“..provides proven strategies for growing gorgeous, low-maintenance perennial gardens in shade. It is written from a do-it-yourself, roll-up-your-sleeves and tell it straight, gardener’s point of view.”
Working at Ken’s Gardens I often see confused looks on a customer’s face. It’s no secret. No matter how hard you try, gardeners often look lost and helpless while browsing for shade perennials. Shade spots are tricky and this book will help!
There are 52 lists for every gardener with even the smallest ounce of shade. Big or small, your approach to shade gardening will be confident and well informed. Your Way Out of the Dark is must have for ALL home gardeners living in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. The book covers climate zones 3 – zone 7. (Click here to find out if this book is for your growing location.)
Each list has 10 plant suggestions. This book has suggestions for all seasons; spring, summer, fall, and winter. It even has a list for “challenging sites” like dry shade or moist shade.
Most of this book contains lists of plants, detailed descriptions, and multiple variety suggestions. There are parts where Kerry Ann Mendez breaks down tough shade lingo. All suggestions come from experience with Kerry’s own shade garden and she explains how to take care for them too. Beyond this, she writes her answers in a straightforward way that anyone can find humor in. This makes the book not only informational, but a joy to read.
Remember to check out this book in the Ken’s library!
More on the Author:
- Sign up for Kerry’s free newsletter by going to her home page. You will find a ‘SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER’ link under ‘PRODUCTS AND SERVICES’.
- Kerry Ann Mendez will be hosting a webinar titled ‘Radical Perennials: Non-Stop Color! No-Fuss! Environmentally Responsible!’. It will be October 27, 2017. Gardeners who are unable to see the live session are still able to sign up for the webinar at $7. Price includes downloadable documents. Perennials featured will have hardiness Zones ranging from 3 – 8 or 9. There will also be a form on the webinar that Master Gardeners and Landscape Architects can print to submit for continuing education credit hour consideration. Details and registration can be found here.
- Kerry is also scheduled to speak at The 13th annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium on April 22, 2017. This event is popular for all gardeners in the Northeast. In previous years, this event has sold out so early registration is recommended. Special group and Master Gardeners rates are available. Find more information about the Symposium by clicking on the link above.
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Spring means planting season in Central Pennsylvania and it’s a time of year when the ground awakens and locals dream of beautiful gardens filled with color and hearty vegetables. Farmers are out walking the fields and gardeners grow restless with anticipation of the coming season. Whether our customers come in by engine or buggy, everyone is asking the same big question- “What can I plant now?“
The spring season in Lancaster County is often difficult to decipher. Days in March awaken to a frost and thaw out to an average of 55°F. Our evenings tend to drop down below 40 and often land in the 30’s. For that reason, frost is a concern in the horticulture world and can be fatal to freshly planted seedlings that are not protected from these extreme temperature ranges. Plants that are not cold tolerant will show signs of stress and may experience irreparable harm.
Luckily, the natural world is a beautiful and tolerant place that offers hardy plants the ability to adapt and grow in even the most unpredictable days of spring.
So come to Ken’s Gardens and fill the wagon with an assortment of cold tolerant plants waiting to feel the touch of morning sunshine.
Ken’s Gardens has cold tolerant seedlings on the self and currently recommends the following cold tolerant vegetables:
- Hardy Herbs
- Swiss chard
Our complete vegetable inventory for 2016 can be found here.
However, not all seedling varieties are on the shelves. Mid-April will bring the release of our entire Tomato collection and May will start the beginning of our early summer vegetables. We greatly appreciate your patience as we grow from seed to seedling.
Our Ronk’s location has the perfect example of how a garden can look when planted in early March. Sitting in front of our green roof shed is a 4×4 square foot box. This garden style is called “Square Foot Gardening”. It’s a simple approach to gardening and utilizes every inch for efficient growing, leaving behind the space waste of row gardening.
This box of cold tolerant annuals and vegetables were planted on March 8th, 2016. It was as EASY as 1-2-3. Here’s how we did.
2016 Vegetable Inventory:
Our 2016 vegetable inventory is here! This means that you can start to plan your garden and know what you will be able to get! Not sure what the marks on the chart mean?
Crossed out signifies vegetables we no longer carry. Yellow highlighted varieties are new for the 2016 year.
How do we choose what we grow?
We look for varieties that not only tolerant but thrive in our Lancaster County area. Beyond that, like you, we love vegetables with good yields and flavor. Our stock is chosen for the backyard and urban gardener. We also choose our vegetables with the canner in mind and we try your mother’s and grandmother’s favorites that you know and love.
What is available now?
March brings out the cold-tolerant vegetables, like lettuce and greens. The early summer vegetables will be available in April. Not sure what you want or where to begin? Ask our employees and they will recommend varieties suited to your garden’s needs. Perhaps you may want to try a new variety or a new method this year like square foot gardening (See an example here). You can ask our employees for more info and advice about both of these things.
Mark your calendars now! March 19th will be FIELD DUG PANSY DAY! Our SMOKETOWN location will be celebrating a family tradition of digging field pansies. Over the past 40 years, the family has planted pansies in the fall and dug these happy little faces up in the spring. During the cold months, the environment and cold weather harden off these plants for a robust cure to ill winter blues.
This is a family event with coffee and light refreshments. Chubby Chix will be onsite with delicious cupcakes, topped with an edible pansy blossom. Shovels will be provided for you and your little ones to dig your pansies. Of course, we will have assistance there for anyone who prefers to leave the dirty work to the professionals.
$1 off a dozen pansies and a raffle ticket is given for every dozen purchased.