This is the Perfect Year to Start Your Container Vegetable & Fruit Garden

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This is the Perfect Year to Start Your

Container Vegetable & Fruit Garden

 

This Spring of 2020 seems like the perfect time to plan and start a vegetable or fruit garden ...

 

Providing yourself a ready-source of fresh vegetables and fruits meets the challenges currently found upon entering grocery stores (often poorly stocked) and dwindling local farmer's markets.  There's simply no comparison between the taste of fresh veggies and fruits and those that are days (or longer) old.  


There are health benefits to be found when eating your own homegrown vegetables too.  The vitamin content of freshly-picked organic vegetables is higher than most store counterparts.  And they are typically void of chemicals and sprays used by larger farms and growers.

It's friendly on your pocketbook too.  Fresh from your garden costs pennies on the dollar in comparison to store-bought.  

You don't have to have a large dedicated garden space in your backyard.  Those that live in apartments, rentals, condos, mobile homes, and townhomes can grow fresh vegetables too.  

Container gardening makes that possible, as patios, balconies, even windowboxes can become a garden oasis.  A wide variety of vegetables and fruits can be grown using this method ... you just need to do a little research to find the best "fit" for the plants you choose, choose plants that grow best in your garden "zone", and use the right size container and potting mix to thrive.

What vegetables and fruits grow well in containers?  Here's a list:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Squash/Cantalope
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • Fruit Trees (Lemon, Orange, Apple, Cherry, Pear, etc)

 

Herbs are also easily grown in containers.  Imagine being able to step out your door to snip freshly-grown dashes of flavor for your cooking.


 

Many herbs are natural mosquito and bug repellents ... 

 

So strategically place your herb containers to reap the natural benefit of the following plants:

 

Mosquito Repelling Herb Plants:
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Pennyroyal (often used in fish dishes)
  • Lemon thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Bay 
  • Dill
  • Chives
  • Parsley


The trick to reaping healthy yields of container vegetables is found in using the right container and soil, the correct amount of fertilizer, keeping plants watered correctly, and placing the container in the right location to receive the optimum amount of sun for the plant.  

Pairing multiple compatible plants in one container can also prove beneficial to producing a high yield of vegetables.  Planting tall climbing vegetables (such as peas, green beans, and tomatoes) with low growing compatible vegetables will save space and also eliminate the need for extensive weeding.  Got to love that!

To save even more money, common household items can be used to make a DIY plant fertilizer.  (Click HERE for a home-made Miracle Grow recipe).

Here's a list of those (acceptable) items commonly found in and around your home:

  • Coffee Grounds
  • Powdered Milk
  • Fruit and Vegetable Scraps (No meat scraps)
  • Gelatin
  • Bananas
  • Egg Shells
  • Aquarium Water
  • Cooking Water (Water used for cooking vegetables, eggs, pasta, potatoes can be used)
  • Epsom Salts
  • Tea (Green)
  • Lawn Clippings & Tree Branches
  • Hair (Human and animal)
  • Matches (Yep ... the magnesium is a huge benefit)
  • Wood Ash


The benefits of gardening go well beyond the final delicious outcome.  Physical and mental health benefits are reaped as well.

The moving, bending, digging, stretching, weeding ... all increase blood flow, flexibility, and strength.  (Just avoid sunburn!)  And brain functions are also improved.  Depression is eased.  Stress levels are lowered.  Moods are improved.

The contact with nature harvests much.  Right now may be the time to think about reconnecting with the basics of life.

So read ... plan ... get busy ... reap the benefits of your own personal vegetable or fruit container garden.  And, of course, have fun!

 

 

  

*Are you dreaming of buying or refinancing a home or Investment Property in New Lenox - Will County - Chicago - Chicagoland - IL/WI?  Somewhere to garden?


Contact me today! I'll put my 40 years of mortgage experience and expertise to work on your behalf.
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Comments (12)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gene I have tried to grow tomatoes in containers on my deck, but did not have much luck.  Maybe it is time to give it another try this year.

Apr 23, 2020 11:53 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Some years are better than others for some reason or another, George Souto ... don't give up!


Gene

Apr 24, 2020 10:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Gene,

What a positive and fun post.  I have had many vegetable gardens, and now I am content to have herbs only, especially with having access to the Farmers Market. And we do use coffee grounds for our plants.   Happy Thursday!  A

 

Apr 23, 2020 12:11 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Somehow I just knew you'd be an "eco farmer", Alexandra!  Glad you're enjoying the fruits of your gardening labor ...


Gene

Apr 24, 2020 10:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - I love all of those veggies but I have never done it but I never thought about containers.

Apr 23, 2020 12:23 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

We've done the peppers, tomatoes and a few others, Grant Schneider and had good luck.  And the taste was definitely better. I recommend you give it a try!


Gene

Apr 24, 2020 10:19 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Last year we had a container garden and the little critters ate everything Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

Apr 23, 2020 01:44 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Cute little things, but they can be a problem, Doug Dawes ... perhaps some chicken wire around the plants would help??  Let me know if you try it ... good luck!


Gene

Apr 24, 2020 10:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Easy for you to say Gene, if you have a black thub like me and Diane... this is not an option:)))Endre

Apr 23, 2020 11:08 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Well, it helps to be married to a farm girl, admittedly, Endre Barath, Jr. ... but my dad loved to garden too.  Maybe it's in my "genes"????


Gene

Apr 24, 2020 10:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Gene... maybe it's a great year for you to start a vegetable and fruit garden! But certainly not for me. That year is never coming for me. I'm in the Endre Barath, Jr. (and Diane) camp when it comes to gardening! 

Apr 24, 2020 06:34 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

The good thing is that those that love to grow typically love to share too, Nina Hollander ... 


Gene

Apr 24, 2020 10:22 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

What a timely, informative article. I enjoy being outside and digging around in the dirt. It's so gratifying to have things bloom and produce.  

Apr 24, 2020 12:50 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Agree completely, JoAnn Moore ... hope you have many chances to "dig" this summer ...


Gene

Apr 30, 2020 09:49 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a well written and comprehensive post about gardening. We do a combo  at our house. We have our garden and containers on the deck.  In fact, our tomatoes are going in the ground next week. 

Apr 25, 2020 07:03 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Wow ... you're ahead of us in being able to do that planting, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ... heck we had snow just a week ago.  I'm jealous!  Hope you share your experiences and successes with us in the months ahead ... enjoy!


Gene 

Apr 30, 2020 09:50 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi ! It's been years since I've planted a vegetable garden. We've got plenty of flowering plants etc!  With the weather heating up I don't think this is the right time of year to even think about container pots with tomatoes etc. 95 today. Could be pool time very soon.....time to jump in!

Apr 25, 2020 01:27 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

I saw you were already having those high temps, Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! ... tomato plants would be producing stewed tomatoes in that heat!  Hope you get a chance to enjoy that pool soon ... with a cold adult drink in your hand ...


Gene

Apr 30, 2020 09:55 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gene, just to follow up to your comment.... I could tell you a story about my Dad trying to grow Tomatoes fifty years ago ...so the short answer is. It  was the most expensive tomato ever... so black thump must run in my genes:))Endre

May 02, 2020 08:22 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

I think you should share that story, Endre Barath, Jr. ... and I get it.  While I love to do lawn work and garden, I'm nowhere near the gardener that my dad was ... or my mother-in-law was.  Talk about green thumbs!

May 06, 2020 08:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share. Make sure to have lots of flowers in your garden.

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May 20, 2020 09:30 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love your list of things that can be used for fertilizer - maybe this is the year for my garden! 

May 20, 2020 10:12 AM