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Make a Kitchen Garden in Containers With Companion Planting

The idea of starting a garden can be overwhelming, that is why it is a good idea to make a kitchen garden in containers with companion planting. Get a few large planters, at least two feet in diameter, to fill with edibles to adorn your porch or patio. Fill each pot with a high quality, organic potting soil, about an inch of compost, and 3 plants -- one small, one medium, and one large.

Plant Options for Contain Gardens 

Select one plant from each of these categories for each container.

  • Tomato (look for determinate or patio varieties)
  • Staked or trellised cucumber
  • Sweet or hot pepper
  • Okra
  • Trellised green beans

  • Kale
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Winter squashes such as acorn or spaghetti (These will vine over the outside of the planter, so add these to an area with space to spread out)

  • Leaf lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Oregano
  • Thyme

Wouldn’t it be nice to step out the back door to harvest fresh herbs for your salsa? Or grab a few cherry tomatoes for a snack on the way inside from playing? Making a kitchen garden in containers with companion planting offers the convenience of the grocery store with the peace of mind that comes from knowing from where your food comes.

What is your favorite container plant?


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