With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting what residents have been able to do outside of their homes, more and more people are trying their hand at container gardening.
Annette Meyer Heisdorffer of the Daviess County Co-operative Extension Office will host a free virtual program with the Daviess County Public Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday on growing vegetables in container gardens.
âContainer gardens make it possible to grow vegetables right outside your doorstep,â Heisdorffer said on Friday.
Essentially, a planting garden allows someone to forgo the typical underground garden for smaller aboveground containers that can be placed on balconies, patios, or along walkways.
âIt’s often easier to garden in containers, you don’t have as many weeds,â Heisdorffer said.
Focusing on vegetables, the program will cover everything from recommended containers and container sizes to the vegetables she recommends for aboveground gardens.
Some vegetables suggested for container gardens may include cherry tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers.
âI don’t think I would make watermelons,â she said. âIt’s a bit more difficult with watermelons in a container. It’s just such a big plant.
Although some plants do well in low-light environments, vegetables need six to eight hours of sunlight per day to reach their full potential, she said.
Heisdorffer said selecting the right size container is important when planning a container garden to make sure everything will have enough room to grow.
âIf a tomato isn’t in a container of about 4 gallons or more, it’s hard to keep it watered and give it enough room to grow,â she said.
Heisdorffer also recommends purchasing potting soil when planting a container garden, rather than digging up soil from the ground.
âOnce we remove the soil from the garden, we change the structure and it doesn’t drain very well.
The importance of watering will also be discussed during the presentation, which Heisdorffer said is vitally important to have a garden with beautiful, even growth. For those wondering exactly how often to water their garden, this isn’t always a straightforward answer.
âIt’s a question that is always a challenge to describe because every person’s conditions are different,â Heisdorffer said. âIf there’s more sun, maybe more water is needed. The best thing to do is just to feel the top of the ground to see if it needs water or not.
Heisdorffer said she believes the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated more people to garden at home.
âI think gardening was getting more and more popular, it just got more popular with the pandemic,â she said. “We have more time now to do it.”
For more information on Daviess County Public Library programming, visit www.dclibrary.org.
Nathan Havenner, Messenger-Inquirer, [email protected], 270-228-2837