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

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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This Spring of 2020 seems like the perfect time to plan and start a vegetable or 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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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - I am looking at all different ideas for a veggie garden and this is another one to mull over. Thank you!

May 20, 2020 10:03 AM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy, that first picture looks like one in my flower bed out front of my house.  

May 20, 2020 10:07 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is a wonderful and motivating post to reshare!  Thanks Roy Kelley 

May 20, 2020 10:11 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

May 20, 2020 10:26 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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May 20, 2020 10:26 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Make it a habit to post a daily reblog. It is an easy way to pay it forward.

May 20, 2020 10:37 AM #6
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Beautiful flower picture Roy Kelley and thank you for the reblog on container gardening

May 20, 2020 02:00 PM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am blown away by the picture of that Iris.  And Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi post is wonderful.  It has been years since I have had a vegetable garden, and I just don't want to put time into it...I have some herbs growing.  A

May 21, 2020 08:18 AM #8
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Yes it is the perfect year to start a garden.  We are already eating: pole beans, beets, eggplant, salad greens, basil and cilantro, cherry tomatoes.  Time to plant the second garden already. 

May 21, 2020 08:55 PM #10
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Thanks for sharing this post and idea with your readers, Roy Kelley ... I hope it proves inspirational and motivational to many.  You put the exclamation point on the message with that beautiful floral pic ... much appreciated!


May 22, 2020 08:18 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

May 22, 2020 08:44 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning to all. Have a very special Memorial Day.

May 25, 2020 05:44 AM #14
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