Why Grow Edibles in Containers?
• Portability – Take your garden with you if you’re going to move.
• Grow edibles that are desirable (e.g., mint, Greek oregano, horseradish) but can be invasive when planted in the ground.
• Grow edibles that are not hardy in your area (e.g., tarragon, sweet bay, rosemary) but will survive if moved to a frost free place in winter.
• Stores root vegetables (e.g., potatoes, carrots) for “fresh digging” throughout the winter if the container is moved to a frost free place in winter.
• Increase temperature of the root zone for edibles (e.g., tomatoes, peppers) that prefer more warmth than typical Northwest summers.
• Keeps edibles up off the ground to minimize leaf diseases (e.g., tomato late blight, strawberry rot)
• Grow edibles when you only have limited space (e.g., deck or balcony).
• Provides more control over soil mixture for edibles needing sharp drainage (e.g., thyme, rosemary)
• New container mix each year ensures diseases are not carried over.
• Easier than building raised beds.
(to learn more about growing edibles in containers – click the link to the right to download a pdf file)