Beautiful, delicious combos can come in containers

June 6, 2013

By Susan J. Rabago

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Container gardens are great in small spaces, and on patios and decks.

Place containers in the sunniest location to create a focal point in your garden. Grow food without dedicating the lawn to an edible garden.

Get creative with your plant combinations; mix fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Try beautiful silvery-blue foliaged blueberries. Bountiful Blue and Sunshine Blue have a compact growth habit that is perfect for containers. Add Dwarf Raspberry, Raspberry Shortcake with Alpine Strawberries, Lemon Thyme and Corsican Mint in a beautiful ceramic container on your sunny deck or patio.

Plant low-growing vegetables, strawberries and herbs under Espalier or Columnar Sentinel Apples. Plant tomatoes, basil, lettuce, chives and pansies in hanging baskets.


If you go

The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is hosting a free container gardening workshop from 8-11 a.m. June 9.

It will begin with a short lecture, followed by an opportunity to work hands on with the containers.

Space is limited. Register at the stand,  13013 Newcastle Way.

Planting tips

Try grouping containers together. Mix several plants in each container or choose one type of plant per pot.

For easy cleanup, place a drop cloth under the container while you work.

Fill your container with soil 6 to 8 inches from the top of the pot.

Remove plants from their containers and carefully loosen their roots.

Arrange the plants in the pot. Place the tallest in the back or center with the medium height plants next, and the lowest or trailing plants at the front edges of the container. You will find the average height and width on most plant labels.

Fill in the area between the plants with soil.

Check to see if your plants need water daily.

A little creativity produces a delicious container garden.


Susan J. Rabago is a garden designer and horticulturalist at Newcastle Fruit and Produce.

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One Response to “Beautiful, delicious combos can come in containers”

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