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Container gardening for vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers

A wide variety of vegetable, fruit, herb, and edible flower seeds are available for successful container gardening. Urban gardeners, in particular, will find container gardening a viable option -- especially apartment dwellers who have only a patio or veranda to hold their dreams of fresh delicacies for their table.

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The throbbing vibrant color of blood! Compact landscaping roses can also be grown in small spaces and even on highrise patios in containers. Red Flower Carpet by Tesselaar
Container Seeds offers a wide variety of seed selection, a specialized bookstore, an educational product indes, and a variety of supplies to make your container gardening experience successful. One intriguing supply is Water-holding crystals. These sparkling crystals are a long-lasting, easy to use, super-absorbent cross-linked polyacrylamide (polymer) and are used as a soil amendment to extend the time between waterings and/or to improve the growth rate of plants.

While you can probably think of a variety of vegetables that can be grown successfully in containers, it might be more difficult to list some fruits. Here are some ideas: the every favorite strawberry, ground cherry, midget melons, and wonderberrys. Don't those sound myserious and intriguing!

Herbs are perfect edible plants to add to the gourmet cook's garden. think basil, chervil, leaf celery, summer svory, cilantro... and some exotic sounding herbs such as Mexican Marigold, Borage, Shungiku and Burnet...hmmm. Worth checking out to add variety to your meals!

A very targeted website to help you get started is Here you will find collections and theme gardens that will help you succeed at the challenge of gardening in small gardens.


Tiny, sunny spots are perfect for container gardens. They can bring the refreshing shades of green, as well as productive garden spots for herbs, small garden salad greens or even tomatoes.


Container gardens are a great way for new gardeners to test plants and techniques such as mulching and community of plants that like to grow together.


It's hard to believe that making the choice to garden can be so complicated! But container gardens can be an easier way to cope with soil and water and space. It's a life-enhancing choice.


What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.

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