AUBURN, Ala. – Two problems young people face are eating a balanced diet and having access to fresh vegetables. Excuses for this range from too broke, too busy to eat anything that’s not a cup-of-noodles for on-the-go, or too lazy to go grocery.
A simple solution to these issues is growing your own vegetables in container gardens. It’s easier than most think, cheap and can even add a little green decor to your living space.
There is a large range of possibilities for what you can grow. Vegetables suitable for growing in containers include: beets, beans, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, green onions, lettuce, collards, bok choy, spinach, kale, tomatoes, peppers and radishes.
The How To
It’s one thing to daydream about delicious vegetables being at our fingertips, it’s another thing to actually grow them.
“The primary keys to successfully growing vegetables in containers are to plant them in the proper-sized container and to keep them watered,” said Kerry Smith, an Extension horticulture specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “Vegetables are 99 percent water. That is why they are so good for you. It is also why you need to make sure to choose the right container to grow your vegetables in; it shouldn’t be too big or too small.”
Alabama Extension has a good reference to give you a better idea of which vegetables need what specific care. You can view the publication ANR-1134 at https://store.aces.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=13369
Sign up to be a part of the Auburn Seed Library, where you can have access to vegetable seeds to grow for free. The process couldn’t be easier, so what’s stopping you from finally enjoying some fresh veggies in your diet?
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