{Giveaway} The Bountiful Container + High Mowing Container Gardening Seeds

Not everyone has a Back 40. Many urban gardeners are working with aggressive space constraints (“Patio 4?” anyone?) but still want the joy of planting, harvesting and cooking homegrown veg. For these gardeners, container growing is sometimes the best or only option.

Nearly every crop that can be grown in ground can also be grown in containers. I grow a container demo garden every year at the front of my house to show passers-by what can be done and have successfully harvested broccoli, kale, summer squash, beans, herbs, strawberries and greens of all kinds from a few pots at the front of the driveway.

In my cool-summer, maritime climate I find that real heat lovers like eggplant often do better - a lot better – in containers than in-ground, and so even though I have a large (by urban standards) garden, I still choose to grow some crops in containers.

The trick to container gardening is in knowing which varieties of each crop are going to thrive in that environment, and setting up your containers well. This means using appropriate size pots and potting mixes, and providing the right water and nutrition for your plants. Container growing also means taking responsibility for more of the plants needs as compared to in-ground growing – that little seedling is counting on you for food and water because it can’t seek out deeper, moisture-retentive soil.

With those considerations in mind, growing a whole garden worth of food from containers isn’t hard – it just requires a little know-how.

Giveaway!

High Mowing Organic Seeds (my favorite seed house and a sponsor of this blog) is offering one NW Edible reader the book The Bountiful Container plus the High Mowing Organic Seeds Container Garden Collection.

Bountiful Container

The Bountiful Container is a real classic in the How To category of garden books. It covers soil and potting mixes, sizes of pots needed for various edibles, best varieties, how to combine edibles in containers and talks about the full range of fruit and veg you can grow in a pot and a lot more. It’s an information rich book.

Container Garden Collection

High Mowing’s Container Garden Collection combines ten of the best varieties of vegetables for container culture into one pack. It includes one packet each of:

  • Nasturtium Mix
  • Genovese Basil
  • Santo Cilantro
  • Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato
  • Ring-o-Fire Pepper
  • Sugar Ann Snap Pea
  • High Mowing Mesclun Mix
  • Dinosaur Lacinato Kale
  • H-19 Little Leaf Cucumber
  • Yaya Carrot

And because these are High Mowing Seeds, everything is certified organic. These varieties make a nice collection for a warm-weather container garden, but several (the cilantro, peas, mesclun, kale and carrots) will continue to thrive deep into fall or even overwinter in mild climates like the Pacific Northwest.

Together, these two items have a retail value of $45 and will give you the knowledge and varieties you need to grow hundreds of dollars worth of organic vegetables in a small space. High Mowing will be giving both of them to one lucky container-gardening winner.

To enter to win, sign up for the monthly High Mowing Newsletter, The Seed Bin, then come back here and leave a comment below letting me know what fruit or veggies you grow in containers. 

About the High Mowing Newsletter: this is not some schlocky spam email thing, guys, I promise. Every month High Mowing sends out one newsletter with great, truly useful garden information. I learn a ton from the newsletter.

In the past they’ve sent along tips for doing at-home seed germination tests, information and great stories on specific varieties of vegetables, how to care for garden tools, how to jump-start the potato growing season and even tips for container gardening. They also run periodic giveaways for stuff you’d actually want – like gardening books and gift certificates for organic seeds.

High Mowing follows best practices for emailing, so you don’t need to worry about them selling or trading your info, and of course you can unsubscribe at any time. But honestly, I don’t think you’ll want to. I look forward to the helpful tips in The Seed Bin every month and I bet you’ll feel the same.

This contest is sponsored by High Mowing Organic Seeds and is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Contest open until Wednesday, April 16th, 8 PM PST. Winner will be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond within 24 hours, a new winner shall be drawn. Good luck everyone!

Tamarind Tequila Rita
The Time In The Garden Formula

Comments

  1. I’ve grown cherry tomatoes, pole beans, salad greens, and herbs in large terra cotta pots on my patio. Has anyone tried growing in garden fabric bags? I’ve wanted to try potatoes in them.

    • One year I just opened up the top of a bag of potting soil, punched a few drainage holes down below and grew my tomatoes in each bag. Easy way to get a new garden started.

  2. Rhapsody says:

    Currently I have two blueberries, and four strawberries in pots on my very small deck. I was hoping to add mint this spring. I tried broccoli, but I think my pot was too small, because it started dieing as soon as it put out leaves last September.

    When I chose my plants, I chose for things we couldn’t afford normally. (except the broccoli, which was a case of me hating it and hoping I’d like homegrown better.) Tomatoes are cheap in Tennessee, so are carrots, and most of the common veggies. Blueberries and strawberries were my favorite treats growing up.

    Signed upnfornthe newsletter. :)

  3. Jacqueline says:

    I grow Yellow Pear tomatoes in my patio container outside my front door. Most of them never
    make it inside as I eat them (sun warmed) when I enter and exit my house. I also have a strawberry pot filled with Rosemary, Thyme and Sage.

  4. I grow eggplant, a tomato, lettuce and a few herbs, especially mint in containers.

  5. Michelle says:

    I’ve tried pole beans and tomatoes with luck so far. I want to try lettuce next.

  6. Nikole Graham says:

    I love High Mowing, but then I am married to a Vermonter! I have herbs (basil, parsely and mint) and peppers (jalapenos, Thai chilis, ghost pepers and datils) in containers. They all do fine. I also have lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach and cilantro in a Veg Trug, which sorta kinda counts as a container, right?? Love your posts.

  7. Oh, I forgot, I also grow my potatoes in old metal bushel baskets, usually a red and a yellow variety. I tried blue oness but they did not produce well and so I won’t do them again!

  8. I’ve only grown tomatoes in a pot and would love to learn what else would thrive! Signed up for the newsletter!

  9. Melissa C. says:

    I grow a lot (and I mean A LOT) of cherry tomtaoes and peppers in pots. This year, I’m expanding to herbs — I’ve got way more cilantro, parsley, dill, and basil than I will ever use (ok, you can never have enough basil…) which means PICKLES AND SALSA :)

    I stayed up until 2 am this morning re-potting a massive amount and variety of nightshades, I’m a little giddy ;-)

  10. adrienne diaz says:

    I grow all my tomatoes, some peppers, and most of my herbs in containers.

  11. We have grown tomato, lettuce, strawberry, fig. I’d like to try a lot more this year.

  12. Kristen M. says:

    Having spent many years as an urban apartment dweller, I’ve had many a herb gardens in terracotta pots. In fact, some of the herbs I had I transplanted to my parent’s house when I moved back to my home town. This year, I’m trying to grow potatoes in a couple of laundry baskets. So far they seem to be doing well. :)

  13. I have grown tomatoes, peas, carrots, lettuce and cucumbers. Would love this book for more info on other veggies.

  14. I’ve grown paste tomatoes, basil, strawberries, parsley, chives, lovage, mint, and carrots in containers. Some with more success than others. :-)

  15. As summer tends to be very short here in northern Minnesota I grow most of my tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos in containers. That way I can haul them in to the kitchen if it gets too cool.

  16. This year I am growing strawberries in pots in hopes that the slugs won’t get to eat them before I do! We will see how it goes. I also grow my eggplant, peppers and basil in pots in my greenhouse during the summer; they love the extra heat ;0)

  17. Anything and everything. herbs are fun!

  18. we did all our root veggies in containers last year and will continue this year- can move them up on the table at night so the bunnies dont eat them!

  19. Herbs and tomatoes – but would love to expand.

  20. Ceely King says:

    Great giveaway! The food I like to grow (had any luck with in a container LOL) is tomatoes and some herbs. I am a bit of a lazy gardener (which could explain my lack of success) and have found that tomatoes work best for me.

  21. Jansprout says:

    love to grow salad greens close to house for “easy pickin’s”

  22. Herbs and cherry tomatoes. I’d like to do more. I too am a lazy gardener. But I love fresh veggies and would like to do more this year.

  23. Arelis Torres says:

    All my vegetable and fruits growing in big containers live in tropical island, with great success. Awesome giveaway

  24. Lots of herbs, zucchini and eggplant. This year going to grow peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers :) hooray for spring xo

  25. Ardus Jackfrid says:

    I’m trying to get organic oak leaf lettuce started in containers on my apartment patio. I have flat leaf parsley, rosemary, and British Wonder peas growing along with several tree seedlings.

  26. Thanks for the great giveaway. I live in an area that has very difficult terrain to plant in so we have to plant all of our food in containers. I plant herbs, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, bell peppers, and many more.

  27. herbs and salad greens!

  28. This is my second year that I will be using containers for tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce.

  29. Christina says:

    Three years ago, we were caretaking ranch so of course I knew we had to leave eventually. So I invested in 8 half barrels. At the ranch, I tried tomatoes, basil, zucchini and yellow squash, arugula and the chipmunks got all but 1.5 tomatoes, LOL! Oh, I also tried dwarf fruit trees, but they only made it one year.

    Last year, in a different place but same barrels, I tried tomatoes again, japanese pumpkins, eggplant, dill, Hubbard squash… and had a small harvest, but nothing did as well as I had hoped. Not sure what I am going to do this year.

  30. Jennifer says:

    Whether it’s the book or just the newsletter, I can use all the help I can get! We grow tomatoes, my young boys love them. It would be so great to have success with anything else!!

  31. Beth in Iowa says:

    I have several raised beds that I grow veggies in, but this year I am planting some cherry tomatoes in containers on our patio. YUMMY…they will more than likely end up being treats for our small flock of chickens :-)

  32. I grow all of my herbs in pots, (and I grow a lot of them!) I think they do best in pots – and it also means they are closer to the house, so more convenient to run out and harvest a handful when cooking! I also grow a tomato and jalepeno or two (in addition to the ones in the actual garden) and a variety of lettuces! I agree that you really can grow anything in a pot that grows in the ground – so if you don’t have a garden spot, have a container garden!!!

  33. Kelly O'Keefe says:

    I grow herbs and potatoes in containers alongside my raised beds. I tried tomatoes last year with some success. I would love to learn more about the needs of container plants.

  34. Margaret says:

    I’ve only done herbs, but I’d like to try some kind of small tree. I live in zone 5a but I have a sunroom so I could move stuff inside for winter. Fig tree? Or is that way too ambitious?

  35. Kate Stinson says:

    I grow an eggplant as well as peppers and herbs classy black plastic pots to get that soil as warm as possible as soon as possible.

  36. Beverly Neugeboren says:

    I grow hot peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, tomatillos, herbs, beans, and last year I tried (very poorly) to grow cucumbers in Cambridge, MA. Oh, and I have blueberries, raspberries & black berries growing in the tiny (<3ft wide) side yard along my neighbors driveway.

  37. Herbs and cherry tomatoes.

  38. I just started 3 lettuce bowls – really enjoyed harvesting from them last year, as did my disabled mother-in-law.

  39. Cathryn Newton says:

    Sunflowers! Happiness & joy abound with these eye catching
    and happiness exuding plants! I’ve previously grown
    Radishes, arugula, spicy mixuna sweet peas & basil too on a city rooftop! Container gardening brings zen to any space! :-)

  40. I often mix edibles with ornamentals in the patio pots because I never have enough room in the garden for all the veggies we love to eat. Eggplant is one of my favourite too, as I find it prefers the warmer temps on my patio. I like to stick a decorative tripod in and grow purple beans. The flowers are pretty and I like the height. Thanks for including Canadians in this giveaway!

  41. I’ve grown herbs in containers, and tried other crops, like squash, but they didn’t make it in the end. I have strawberries doing well in a stump, though!

  42. we just started our garden all we have so far are chives and a few tomatoes .

  43. This year we”ll grow herbs, lettuce, radishes, flowers in containers. That’s the plan, anyway.

  44. dr. Dave says:

    This will be my third year learning container gardening. So far my best crop is potatoes grown in 35-gallon bottomless black garbage cans. I cover their South sides with a reflective material on the days the Seattle sun is out. I’m moving to Ferndale so High Mowing’s container book would be invaluable at least until I can get my new in-ground garden growing. I have no idea where you find the time to write your informative and entertaining articles – gardeners are so thankful for your shared knowledge. Thank you and Bee careful.

  45. My cucumbers always seem better in the pot than the plot! Also, my ‘mojito’ mint is contained in a pot, so so I don’t worry about it taking over but always have a fresh supply!

  46. Sarah Grossman says:

    I have been reading your blog for over a year now, enjoying and appreciating all the gardening and now cocktail tips. We are newer gardeners who are into year 2 of our new home with extensive veggie beds, fruit trees and berries. We put up a greenhouse last year and are still trying to figure out the best way to grow all those warm weather crops with some in containers and some in the greenhouse bed. Sounds like the Container Gardening book would help our yields for sure this year! We’ve already got High Mowing starts on our windowsills waiting for warmer nights to move out into the greenhouse. Thanks for your great stories and insights.

  47. I grow just bulbs in containers right now, at 7000 ft altitude, I am finding it hard to get food crops to do well, I hope the newsletter will have some helpful hints. I really enjoy reading your new blogs posts and other readers comments. I learn something different everytime. Thanks for you time

  48. I’ve tried just about everything at some point. This year I have strawberries, elderberries, currant, spinach, kale, lettuce and herbs, so far.

  49. My wife does decorative plantings in containers around the garden. for example the is a succulent that drapes out of a really large ceramic bowl with a weird fired blue glaze. And a fig tree is in a pot that goes in for the winter. Lots of smaller ceramic and terracotta planting are in the house right now, soon to go out – succulents again like jade.

  50. I’ve live in the land of gophers and silty sand soil, so I’ve been container gardening for years (have a few wire-lined raised beds too). I have good luck with most veggies and strawberries. Thank you for this post!

  51. We’ve grown tabasco peppers, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs in containers. Whatever didn’t fit in the beds, if appropriate, goes into a pot. Since we turned our lawn into a farmette last year, we have had a lot of visitors come by to check it out. The plants in containers are usually gifted to any of the families that come by to discuss growing food and gardening – esp. if they have children.

  52. I’m trying beets and carrots in containers this year, I have my fingers crossed!

  53. At home we grow strawberries in a few containers/raised beds and onions, chives, and lettuce/salad stuff in another. I also run my kids’ school garden and everything is in raised beds: Peas, beans, radishes, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage. But I really could use some guidance/direction because I’m just winging it here :-)

  54. Hello all,
    I would love to try the high mowing seeds. I have tried the normal container veggies, tomatoes, herbs, lettuce. Thought I would try an eggplant for some reason. It was a bad idea, Lesson learned. The poor plant looked like it was being torture.
    Love you column

  55. Linda McHenry says:

    Already receiving The Seed Bin. Purchased and are moving to an apartment in the fall of 2015….will be transitioning to container gardening to supplement the community garden plot we’ll be using in place of the garden space at our house. At least whoever buys this place will get nice rich soil that has been organically amended for the past 40 years.

  56. My mom & I have a vegie garden we just transitioned into a container garden using rubbermade stock tanks. Gophers invaded the old vegie garden (and my mom can’t bend over as easily anymore). We are starting with golden beets, celery root, bok choy, swiss chard, 2 tomatoes & a new variety of broccoli (romanesco?). We also have plum trees (yellow, purple & santa rosa), 2 apples & 2 pears. I want to add an apriot and a white nectarine. I am lucky we have a pretty big lot. The gophers are a huge problem, so we are looking at containers. Thanks

  57. We grow everything except root veggies in our vertical aeroponic container garden – year round in Marblehead MA. There are 28 plants in 6.5sf of floor space. Love the High Mowing parthenocarpic and greenhouse varieties of squash, cucs, and tomatoes for indoor growing, then move the whole container outside for summer. The plants keep on trucking until November! Wild turkeys love the HM Red Russian kale in our soil garden, but don’t dare come near the plants on the patio! Thanks for the post!

  58. Right now mint, so it does not take over! We are going to get a couple more varieties for the herb portion of our garden. Last year I tried a cherry tomato, but was not successful…..

  59. I grow bell peppers in a big pot. Last year I had a purple, red and yellow pepper plant all together – worked like a charm.

  60. I grow horseradish in the biggest nursery pot I find. I get a good crop and it’s contained rather than the wild child in a far flung corner. Also much easier to dump out on a tarp to harvest, then refill with the smaller roots for next year.

  61. I grow fruit trees and berries in containers. I’d like to learn more about growing veggies because I haven’t had good luck. They always seem sub-par. What’s the trick?!

  62. Juli Seaman says:

    Veggies grown in my containers…tomatoes, all sorts of herbs, tried eggplant last year (didn’t go so well), kale, hot peppers, and okra.

  63. I mostly grow herbs in containers, but I am experimenting with 5 gal bucket tomatoes this year because of the need for rotation and the limited amount of space in my garden.

  64. I’ve grown cherry tomatoes successfully in pots, ideal to provide fresh soil and be on wheels to seek the sun. Right now there are small pots with lettuce on the deck (helps keep away greedy slugs), herbs (Greek oregano, chocolate mint) and basil will go into pots once it’s warmer.

  65. I grow herbs in a large pot on my upper deck so they are close to the kitchen. I am considering trying tomato plants in large containers on my patio so they can be integrated into the drip watering system I use for my hanging baskets and patio containers.

  66. Signed up for the newsletter. I have a window box with thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, and chives. Outside, I’ve mostly grown tomatoes in containers, which do well, though it can be tough to keep them moist in this hot, dry climate.

  67. Carrie Millar says:

    This would be perfect for me. I’m new to the Pacific NW and would like to start gardening.

  68. I was already subscribed. I like to grow herbs, tomatoes and peppers in containers. Summer is short here, so I can bring them in when frost threatens.

  69. Susan Kirsch says:

    Signed up for the newsletter thanks . Love to gardening , have been successful with tomatoes , cucumbers , rosemary and peppers in planters . Always trying something new things and love all the ideas .

  70. Neta Courcey says:

    Even when I have had a huge garden my favorite thing to grow in a container was always Bambino eggplant. I put it with some nasturtiums or marigolds and some Thai basil with its lovely purple blooms. The whole thing is a lovely purpley, orangey painting and the tiny eggplants are so cute I can hardly pick them. Although they do produce prolifically in a container. Suddenly I am on a suburban lot with my best sun on my deck, more containers to come!!

  71. michelle delp says:

    I grow broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, herbs in containers

  72. I’ve grown greens, herbs, and tomatoes in containers. Thanks for the newsletter tip!

  73. Danielle Monique Cade says:

    My dream container garden:

    Garlic Chives, Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Tarragon, Sage,Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Chamomile, Mint or Yerba Buena.

    Thanks, I’m looking forward to your newsletter.

    -Danielle Cade

  74. I already subscribe the Seed Bin–lots of good information there! I grow herbs in containers often. Occasionally I’ll do tomatoes (still searching for the perfect container tomato for my mother!) or sweet peppers. But my mother can ONLY do containers.

  75. I tried to grow tomatoes, borage and some other edible flowers in a Smart Pot – but my lovely feathered ladies ATE all the blossoms. The plant continued to grow but it didn’t flower again successfully (or maybe they just kept eating them.) Reading above comments I think I’ll borrow the combination Neta Courcey has – but in a chicken free location.

  76. I grow potatoes in containers and some tomatoes. I don’t have a lot of sunny spots in my extremely small yard and I place the containers on dollies so I can wheel them around to capture as much sunlight as possible.

  77. …i grow PoTaToEs in wine barrels successfully. take that voles.

  78. Tomatoes and herbs mostly.

  79. Jennifer says:

    This year, I’ve got a Roma tomato, two purple tomatillos, and a cayenne in pots. Then, there are the potted blueberries, lemongrass, Persian lime, various herbs. My yard doesn’t get much sun, so I have a lot of pots to supplement my little garden plot.

  80. I’ve only grown herbs in pots, but I’d like to try other things. I just wasn’t sure what would work well. I’m really don’t have much in the way of gardening experience or knowledge; just trying to learn.

  81. Alice Barker says:

    I have a couple of raised beds and large garden spot at a community garden so I don’t do as much container gardening now. But I still have some things I prefer to have in container. I currently have a raspberry bush, I grow all my herbs in containers; mint, oregano, chives, rosemary, basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, marjoram, last year I did a fairly tale eggplant with great success. I have been trying to grow celery, last year I almost had it but then I went on vacation and it didn’t get enough water! Dangit!! Before I had my large garden I would do carrots, garlic, radishes, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes. Let’s just say I love gardening!

    I love Northwest Edible Life newsletter, always lots of great tips! Can’t wait to see what in what I will learn from High Mowing newsletter. Happy Gardening!

  82. I’m all signed up for the newsletter! I’ve tried growing various veggies in containers, last year it was tomatoes and squash. This year the tomatoes are staying in containers and going into the greenhouse (as soon as all my tender tropical plants are free to come out). I’m probably going to do squash in containers again too. I just finished moving all my herbs from containers into their own special bed.

  83. I just planted lemon balm, oregano, basil, cilantro, and parsley in containers. I will put some tomatoes in pots soon. Thanks for the chance to win.

  84. I have not tried container gardening yet but reading the list of what can be container gardened was a solution to our problem…we love sugar snap peas but our season between hard freezing and too hot is just too short to get much of a a a harvest. Next year, those plants are growing in a pot that I can move in or out as needed without disturbing thieir roots.

  85. Marilee Reyes says:

    In planters I grow a number of things. Mint, chives, basil, sage, rosemary, oregano, jalapenos, romeo carrots, french breakfast radishes, tomatoes, pole beans, peas, kale, chard, lettuces and cucumbers. I tried tomatillos but they tended to take over everything the following year with their volunteers but if I ever have enough yard to put them in the ground I will again. I’d like to try potatoes but the patio is pretty full. I’ve tried ginger and got it started but it just didn’t make it through the winter.

  86. I have a few raised beds, where I mainly grow things I use in canning. Tomatoes (Dutchmen, Gold Medal, and Pink Ponderosa’s), peppers (Anaheim, Orange bells, and jalapeno’s), celery, broccoli (if I have room), onions, lettuce, and spinach, and kale (in the cooler months).

    I adore your website. I have taken so much advice from the articles I’ve read. I recently purchased grow lights, and this is the first spring that I’ve successfully had healthy, strong seedlings. So…THANK YOU!

  87. Signed up for newsletter! I started growing tomatoes in an earthbox last year and had stunning results. I had gallons of grape tomatoes over many weeks. Will expand the earthbox garden on the deck this summer. Found great YouTube tutorials showing how to make an earthbox for about $10-$15 dollars (or less if you have the parts).

  88. Janet Oriani says:

    I have not grown anything in containers yet but I really would like to and I had thought of trying it this year but did not know where to start so it would be perfect for me if I win! I do keep a small garden and this year I starting all my planet from seed High Mowing Seeds! Thanks for the chance to win.

  89. Mothership says:

    Almost everything- on my deck alone – I have a bay tree, pomegranate tree, 2 caper bushes, snap peas, lettuce, & a pathetic little basil plant & a hot pepper plant that over wintered (under cut off water jugs)… Wheeee

  90. I grow tomatoes in containers. I’m in the Pacific Northwest and they grow so much better lined up in large buckets along the warm west facing wall of my house, much better than they did in my raised beds. I love container gardening for its manageability, though remembering to water is a must!

  91. Sherri J. says:

    I am SO excited to know of this company! We had a big house & yard, and fall before last, made the decision to downsize, after we came very close to the burn area in the first of the two big fires here in Colorado Springs. We now have a tiny house & a tiny yard, but with big potential. I have been back & forth to the library dozens of times to check out container gardening books before buying.
    Now, it is all one great experiment in how much I can do this first real full season! My old yard was gardened to the max, so I have a reputation to live up to :) I still could use all the help I can get! Tomatoes & cucumbers made it through last year, this year, I hope to grow all the veggies possible, along with our favorite herbs, to preserve in as many ways possible for winter use. Hint: we infuse much to use in cocktails. I hope to get berries & cherries in large containers for that purpose!

  92. we grow flowers, kale, chard, tomatoes, sedum and semper vivums, japanese maples and lettuce gardens.

  93. David Chamberlain says:

    I grow all my fruit in containers since I’m a renter so strawberries, figs, lime, lemons and even some potatoes.

  94. Our strawberries are definitely the most successful things we grow in containers but every summer I get over excited and buy a bunch of starts (tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, etc.) that don’t do well. I would love to know which varieties to use and what else I’m doing wrong so we can get more out of our containers!

  95. Adrienne says:

    Lettuce, chard and herbs so far. I love having fresh ingredients right outside my kitchen door.

  96. We just moved into a rental house with a yard, so we’ve mostly done our gardening in containers and are only spreading our wings to in-the-ground gardening in the last few months. But we still grow mint in containers to prevent creating a garden solely comprising mint! Also have some strawberries in containers.

  97. Hi Erica – thank you for this opportunity and for the info re The Seed Bin. I am now signed up. I can see there is considerable competition/interest in your give-away – very interesting reading I would say. Due to deer, I have a small area fenced off and grow in raised beds and pots a variety of tomatoes, peas, carrots, eggplants, raspberries, mesculin, spinach, lettuces. I grow herbs, cilantro, parsley, mint, sage, etc. only in the pots. It works, and each year I learn more, and I certainly have a lot more to learn. This is where your blog, and I anticipate the Seed Bin blog will provide a wealth of information. Thanks again.

  98. I am very new to all this. I just started with some strawberry starts that we got in trade; a few onions, and I am planning on some potatoes.

  99. Karli Feser says:

    What an exciting time of year! Since I’ve been moving a bit lately, containers make keeping my perennials with me. I’ve got a couple different lavenders, and my tomatos, some of my beans and peas, and lettuces will go into containers this year. Can’t wait!

  100. I’m currently growing most of my herbs in containers….thyme, peppermint, lemon balm, and oregano!