Fall Container Gardening

Growing Fall Vegetables in Containers

Now that it’s time to begin preparing for my fall vegetables, I’m getting everything ready for container gardening this season.  I planted peppers during the spring and since they are still producing beautifully (so exciting!) I don’t have as much space in my garden for all the things I want to grow.  Pretty much anything you want to grow can be grown in containers.  So as I embark on this new venture I thought I’d pass along a few important tips I’ve gained about this type of gardening.  First (and most importantly) is choosing the right type of container.  Keep in mind that it’s easier to grow plants in large containers than small ones. That’s because large containers hold more soil, which stays moist longer and is less subject to rapid temperature fluctuations.  But smaller ones can work, it’s just a matter of keeping a closer eye on them.

Swiss Chard plantsAnother thing to consider is dark containers retain more heat in the soil than light-colored ones. Whatever container you choose, drainage holes are essential. Without drainage, soil will become waterlogged and plants may die. The holes need not be large, but there must be enough so that excess water can drain out.  Next, the fun part, choosing the plants.  If you’re using smaller containers arugula, beets, swiss chard, lettuce and onions will be best. Collards, broccoli, kale, beans and peas will do better in bigger containers.  Finally, healthy soil is a must.  I’ve found an  organic type like Organic Happy Frog soil 12 qts mixed with Healthy Grow Worm Castings 4# and a low count fertilizer like Dr Earth Tomato Veg & Herb works really well for containers.

One nice thing about this type of gardening is that if you find your plants are getting too much sun (or not enough) just pick them up and move them, it’s as simple as that.  And if your weather decides to give you so much rain you feel like building an ark, just move them under cover for a while and problem solved!  I’m looking forward to the cooler weather and a beautiful bountiful fall garden this season.


Fall vegetables, that mature in cooler temperatures, are available online now for shipment beginning next week. “Fall” or “Cool season” Vegetables will begin shipping August 11th and continue through September as quantities last. Every year we plant a full collection of the most beautiful vegetable plants, all ready to go into your garden. Many of these vegetables such as Arugula and Mustard Greens can be harvested very quickly and will continue throughout the fall. A few vegetables will even overwinter such as Cabbage and Collards! Try growing some of our greens this fall and add nutrition and superb taste to your table.