Container Gardens

Apartment life means balcony growing of peas in pots and bush beans in bushel baskets. Indoor edibles — such as parsley, mint and trendy lemon grass —feed not just the apartment dwellers but their friends as well.

This group combines gardening with cooking and entertaining. A crop of ripe tomatoes grown on a sunny balcony is an event worth celebrating with a dinner party. Another reason for the interest in herbs and vegetables is the need to experiment with different ethnic and healthy eating recipes – Marianne Binetti

Real Life of an MSW

herb-container-garden-front-web.jpgHerbs are one of the most rewarding container crops. Most are also easy to grow. Still, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to make sure your potted herbs reach their bushy, lush best. I have also found the combinations of planting herbs together are endless. Here are a few that worked for me. I would love to hear what works for you.

A lot of sunlight and relatively dry, lean soil varieties: Rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram and lavender all fall into this group. Thyme is a tiny, creeping plant that easily can be kept in the bounds of a pot, and it may be paired with a prostrate rosemary and variegated sage, which grows more slowly than all-green sage.

Moisture-Lovers: Basil, cilantro, tarragon and parsley also like full sun, but these species prefer more moisture in their soil than rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme…

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