Because not all plants actually play well together, having the right combination of plants will ensure a thriving, fruitful garden.
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Because not all plants play well together, picking to right plants for your container is key to its success.
For instance you want to avoid plants of the same family in the same pot -- they will eat up the same nutrients.
You also want to make sure you are utilizing your space wisely. Make sure you have a nice mix of bulbs, vegetables that are tall, and plants that hang over the sides.
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No matter how small your backyard (or balcony), you can cultivate a thriving herb garden. This tiered version repurposes hanging mesh fruit baskets, which are lined with moisture-retaining sphagnum moss, filled with potting soil, and then planted with herbs like sage, basil, and mint. Hang it in a sunny spot outdoors, and water it whenever the soil feels dry.
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Add a pot of this allium to your window ledge -- though you might be surprised at what you harvest and how quickly!
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Tomatoes thrive in containers -- mosty because they are safer from pests and diseases that might live in ground soil.
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You can grow a lot of lettue in one container. Plant a good variety for a fresh bowl of mixed greens every time you harvest!
Side Note: These also make great house-warming gifts!
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Partially fill a small ceramic pot with lightly moistened (not too wet) potting soil, place the ginger piece inside, and cover with more soil. Keep the pot in a sunny window, and don't water it too frequently. The ginger will grow fresh knobs and sprouts that can be used in cooking. Whenever a recipe calls for ginger, simply dig it up, break off a piece, and replant the remainder. Neat trick, right?
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There are thousands of varieties of peppers (Capsicum sp.); the best way to sample many kinds is to grow some yourself.
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It is fairly easy to grow and can be extremely productive! There are also so many different types you only get to try if you plant it yourself!
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Martha likes to grow heirloom varieties that are hard to find at the market!
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Not only are they delicious but the flowers are actually a beautiful addition to an otherwise mostly-green pot.
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Look for the dwarf or compact varieties.
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Onion flowers are actually quite beautiful. Plus, these are one of the most versatile crops you can grow.
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Edible flowers! Also, a beautiful addition to any container.