Cool Weather Spring Vegetable Containers


Cool Weather Spring Vegetable Containers
  • Posted April 16, 2014

Planting a few containers of semi-hardy or hardy vegetables can be an easy way to bring early season color and fresh produce to your doorstep. Mixing vegetables that mature from both above and below the soil, such as lettuce and carrots, will give maximum yield in minimum space. Also choosing for a contrast of leaf color and texture will add to their value as balcony or backdoor decor.

kale

Planting the appropriate vegetables, providing a location with 6 hours of sun and keeping your containers watered is all it takes for a spring full of color, texture and flavor. Be sure to plant into containers with drainage holes and use a high quality potting mix. You can start from seed or with transplants from your local nursery.


Veggies considered semi-hardy can take what are considered light frosts (29 to 32°F). Those in the hardy category survive hard frosts (25 to 28°F).

Below are some excellent choices for container growing. Planting them in containers will give you that added advantage of being able to easily drape a protective sheet over them when temperatures occasionally get too low, thus preventing damage.

Semi-hardy Vegetables

beets carrots lettuce
Beets Carrots

Lettuce & Gourmet Salad Greens

potatoes swiss chard
Potatoes Swiss Chard
Hardy Vegetables
english peas kale parsley

English Peas

Kale Parsley

radish

spinach turnip
Radish Spinach Turnip

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Dawn Sherwood
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