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You can grow veggies in containers

Your garden needs at least six hours of direct sunshine daily. More is better. Since trees are still leafing out, keep in mind that the picture could change in a few weeks. Notice, too, shade that may be cast by the house or garage in the morning or afternoon.
Your garden needs at least six hours of direct sunshine daily. More is better. Since trees are still leafing out, keep in mind that the picture could change in a few weeks. Notice, too, shade that may be cast by the house or garage in the morning or afternoon.

Just because you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse, don’t feel left out of the rush to plant vegetables this month. Large, lightweight pots make excellent homes for your tomato, pepper, basil and other plants, provided you have a sunny spot on balcony, patio or steps.

How to make it work:

Along with the pot, get packaged potting soil to allow maximum root development and water retention. Some include fertilizer that releases slowly. The bigger the pot, the more variety you can have. A pot 24 inches in diameter or bigger or a half barrel can house several kinds of vegetables.

Choose the right plants. Certain tomato plants are compact and productive enough to grow in pots. The patio tomato and its variations have been popular for many years because they produce great tomatoes and remain short enough to grow in a pot.

Basil makes an excellent choice for pot plants. Peppers, both hot and sweet, are also compact and productive enough to grow in pots.

Can’t wait to get started? Plant a frill of leaf lettuce on the pot’s rim, saving space in the center for your tomato or pepper plants. Nancy Brachey

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