I know that I go on and on about my container gardening efforts but this time I'll show you what a local garden center has done.
JR and I had heard about a place in Katy that is big on water gardens and since I have a special affinity for water gardens of any sort we thought we'd trek on out there to look them over. This place was having some sort of open house/celebration/sale thing going so there were demonstrations, music and information booths. It must be a big deal because they had a couple of policemen there directing traffic.
Since, we were going there to look at water gardens I was surprised to see container vegetable gardens. Pleasantly surprised but surprised none the less.
Not sure what to plant with what? It is easy. Plant a tall sun loving plant, like a tomato or two in what will be the back of the planter. Plant a medium size sun lover in front of the tomato that takes either less time to yield or more time to yield than the tomato. Check the tags on the starts that you buy at the garden store. In the very front plant a low and fast grower. Herbs such as thyme or oregano work well as does lettuce. A packet of mixed lettuce seeds are cheap and will having you nibbling on baby greens in only a few weeks.
I encourage you to grow your own if you can. Even a container on the balcony gives you a sense of accomplishment, lets you control a little bit of the healthiness of your produce and adds some life in an urban environment. Plus it is literally no work. No hoeing the rows. No weeding between the plants. And no tilling up the soil at the end of the season. Container gardening is a pick and eat affair with a little bit of tending and consistent watering.
Tis the season, so go out there and grow your own.
PS: I'm calling this my Meatless Monday post because you can't really container garden cows.