How to Create the Perfect Vegetable Garden on a Patio

How to Create the Perfect Vegetable Garden on a Patio. When you think of a garden, usually you think of a yard with lush green area, shrubs, grass, and maybe a few flowers. However, sometimes you just don’t have that space to plant all the crops of your dreams. But, every green thumb needs a small sanctuary. If you want to create your little garden on your patio, here are some tips to help you make it a reality.




How to Create the Perfect Vegetable Garden on a Patio

When you think of a garden, usually you think of a yard with lush green area, shrubs, grass, and maybe a few flowers. However, sometimes you just don’t have that space to plant all the crops of your dreams. But, every green thumb needs a small sanctuary. If you want to create your little garden on your patio, here are some tips to help you make it a reality:

Find the Spot with the Best Sunlight

While you might imagine that all crops need large amounts of sunlight, this isn’t always the case. Some crops do take advantage of full sunlight, but other crops prefer shade. For full sunlight, try growing tomatoes or cucumbers. For a patio with more shade, try green veggies such as cabbage. Whichever you choose, be sure the crops have the amount of sunlight they need.

The Quality of the Dirt is Important

Dirt is not something most people would think twice about, however, for the gardener, dirt or soil as we refer to it, is an important part of the gardening process. For a vegetable garden, synthetic soil is a good choice being made with mixes of wood chips and moss. For the more involved DIY type, there are several ways to make your own potting soil with your favorite ingredients.

Choose the Right Containers

You don’t need a full yard to grow your favorite veggies and fruits – just enough space for their roots. So plant one or two plants instead of an entire field.

Use various size containers for your plants. This helps give a unique appeal to your patio garden. Some will need small containers, like parsley. Some will need bigger containers, like eggplant. If you have an extremely tiny space, purchase one really large pot and plant a mini-garden with cooperating plants. You can also use hanging baskets style= for vine fruits and veggies, like strawberries. And, after trying them last year, I would recommend an earth box for patio spaces.

Selecting Your Veggies

After you’ve gathered the rest of your essentials, now it’s time to pick your vegetable. Here are some vegetables you might want to consider if you have a 5-gallon container style= or larger:

• Tomatoes
• Cucumbers
• Broccoli
• Peppers
• Eggplants
• Summer/Winter Squash
• Swiss Chard

If your area doesn’t have much space, you might want to consider:

• Beans
• Spinach
• Beets
• Carrots
• Lettuce
• Peas
• Garlic chives
• Basil

Gardeners who live in apartments or smaller dwellings can still have the freshest veggies as someone with a large backyard. Following the above tips will set you in the right direction to having a perfect patio garden.


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  1. How many gallons is an earth box? I can’t find the size anywhere.

    Thank you

    • Connie, I just saw your post. Sorry so late in answering, buuuut…

      I just filled my earth boxes this past weekend. I used a bit over 3 cubic feet of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix style= in each box. With my 3 bags I didn’t fill my boxes to heaping, but close to the top.

      Ann

  2. I don’t think this is such good advice. Planting only a few or one or two plants limits cross pollination and you won’t get much fruit. Better to plant alot of just one or two crops.

  3. applenooker says:

    I have a small space, but lots of critters (deer, racoons etc) any tips on protecting my small containers from nibblers? Just lost ALL my cabbage to something enjoying on my deck….

    • We use deer off. style= The one we use requires a permit in my state (NYS), but my brother is an exterminator so he does it for us (we had a shrub smorgasbord years ago, and this worked beautifully!) You may want to buy this small bottle style= and see how it works for you.

      Good luck!
      Ann

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