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Gardening Without a Garden

May 16, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - In these days of high food prices, more and more Iowans are opting to plant their own garden and raise their own food, but some have little or no space to do it. Des Moines Area Community College (D-MACC) horticultural instructor Randall Voss has good news for them.

Voss says apartment and condo dwellers can garden by simply getting some pots, potting soil and the right kind of seed.

"First, try to find plant varieties with words like 'tiny' in their name, or 'pixie' or 'patio' - some of those are specifically bred for growing in pots. That is the first step toward success."

The next step he suggests is to choose the vegetables that have the best chance of surviving and thriving while living in a pot.

"Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, some cucumber varieties - they do good in heat, and you get a lot of production out of a small area. I would choose a plant like that."

Voss says potted plants of all types generally need more water than plants rooted in the ground, but he cautions against over-watering. Many Internet sites can answer questions for first-time patio gardeners, he adds.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA