How to Grow a Salad Garden on the Patio How to Grow a Salad Garden on the Patio

What You'll Need
Plant pots/containers
Hanging baskets
Trellis (optional)
Patio Plants

As surprising as it may seem, whether it’s a small patio garden or a high production garden, gardening has become one of the fastest growing pastimes for Americans. From growing gardens that produce enough fruits and vegetables to supply a family's needs for a year, to a single pot of herbs grown in the window sill of an apartment or patio, thousands of households every year grow some form of food in home gardens. There are many would-be gardeners who believe they lack the space or gardening skills to be successful gardeners. If you are in this category, with the proper guidelines and direction, you can begin by growing delicious salad vegetables, right on your patio, by following the 5 steps below.

Step 1 -  Finding the Right Garden Spot

You won't need an acre or even a large garden plot to grow your vegetables, just a piece of soil deep enough and broad enough for your vegetables' roots to grow would suffice. If the soil is exposed to sunlight for a minimum of 6 hours, if it retains moisture, has soil nutrients, and has seeds planted by a caring gardener, it will grow vegetables or herbs —even in a large pot on the floor of your patio. If you don't have room there, try a window box or a basket with potting soil in it.

Step 2 – Knowing Your Vegetables

Spend some time online, in your local library or bookstore to become better acquainted with the type of items you wish to produce. With even a minimum of time reading and learning about vegetables -the soil they like best, what kinds of fertilizer provides the best nutrients, how much space they take, and temperatures they like best; you will ultimately find the vegetable that is perfect for your garden—big or small.

Step 3 – Choosing the Variety

Some vegetables include more than one variety. Take tomatoes and cucumbers, for example. Cherry and patio tomatoes do well in limited space. Bush cucumbers, although they do require a bit more space, do not grow vines that spread out and can thrive in a large pot or even a bucket. For salad greens, try planting them in a shallow container such as a kitty litter box.

Step 4 – Choosing Your Planter

If you really want to be unique and artistic, plant your new garden in a container that is new and different. With a bit of paint, a brush, and a bright decal; you can turn an old cookie jar, a tomato plant, and a geranium into a piece of art.

Step 5 – Vertical Vegetables

For something a different, try growing some of your vining vegetables or fruits on a small trellis. Pole beans, for example, will produce without taking a lot of space because they grow vertically. If you want to add color or variety, add a few sweet peas.  

If you are creative, you can turn your patio into a productive garden that will produce enough fresh garden vegetables and herbs to allow you to be the envy of all your neighbors.

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