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LH 125: Growing Epic Edibles in Containers

How to successfully grow food in containers or any small space

If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, growing food can be frustrating.

Being limited to a patio, porch, or only a precious few feet of space can make you think that you’ll never have homegrown food right outside your backdoor.

Container growing can fix that!

But planted containers can also be extremely beneficial to those of us who ALREADY have a garden too!

How so?

Well, by growing in containers you instantly have a moveable garden!  You can create lovely edible planters and strategically place them around your garden or patio to make a statement and draw in beneficial insects.

 

So the bottom line is that you CAN successfully grow veggies and fruit in teeny, tiny spaces. And you CAN do it in containers.

But what can make or break your success is being very intentional with your choices and how you set yourself up in the beginning.

That’s why I’m so excited to bring you this week’s guest.

Jessica Walliser has been on the podcast before. This time, Jessica not only shares tips for growing great food in containers. But she ALSO dives into how to be successful AFTER you plant that container.

And the best part is that the information is just as valuable for people planting a small space in the ground as well.

 

You will learn:

  • The 3 pillars of successful container growing
  • How to be smart in your veggie choices
  • Why pollinator pots are crucial in urban areas
  • Favorite high producing dwarf edibles
  • What is the thriller, filler, and spiller concept
  • The biggest mistake people make with containers
  • The best way to save $ when container gardening

Jessica Walliser:

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosts The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning program on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, and Hobby Farms magazines. Jessica also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The American Horticultural Society.

Her two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review have been enjoyed by readers for over ten years. Jessica’s fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s 2014 Book Award.

She is also the author of the Amazon best-seller Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically and Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces. In addition, Jessica blogs weekly for both Savvy Gardening and Hobby Farms.

 

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Container Gardening CompleteContainer Gardening Complete Book Cover at LivingHomegrown.com * by Jessica Walliser

JessicaWalliser.com – Jessica’s website

SavvyGardening.com – Where Jessica Blogs

Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden – Episode 88

Don’t Do Fall Garden Clean Up – Episode 116

 

Edible Varieties Mentioned:

Mountain Princess Tomatoes

Totem Tomatoes

Red Robin Tomatoes

Tiny Tim Tomatoes

Small Fry Tomatoes

Butter Bush Squash

Transcript:

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

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