5 Container Vegetables You Can Grow This Fall – Part 2

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Below are five plants you can grow in containers this fall and winter.

   

Arugula

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Delicious peppery taste! Nutritious and good in salads combined with lettuce, mixed in pasta. Fast growing.

Container should be at least 8” deep and 6” in diameter per each arugula plant

Light Requirements
Likes 6 hours of sunlight

Water
Likes to stay moist

Protect from deer with wire or netting

How to harvest
Cut the outer leaves while plant is still growing in a tight rosette. The flavor of arugula will get stronger once they bloom

   

Lettuce

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Fresh grown lasts longer and it’s more flavorful. Loose leaf or romaine handle cold better. Fast growing.

Container You should have a medium sized container. 6-8″ inches between young plants

Light Requirements
Partial shade is okay

Water
Regular water

Protect from deer They really like lettuce.  Protect with wire or netting

Frost
Lettuce is more sensitive to frost.  Buy fabric cover to protect it.

How to harvest
Cut the outer leaves

   

Kale

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Highly nutritious and tasty sauteed lightly in garlic and olive oil. Many people love it raw. They are also a cold-hardy plant.

Container should be at least 12″ diameter

Light Requirements
Likes full sun but will tolerate part shade

Water
Likes regular watering

Protect from deer with wire or netting

How to harvest
Pick the oldest leaves from the lowest section of the plants

   

Garlic

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Plant garlic from bulbs in your nursery.  Garlic makes everything taste better and some swear by it as a health remedy.  A few days before planting, break apart cloves from bulb and keep the papery husk on each individual clove.

Container
Bulbs should be planted 2-3″ deep and have room for roots to grow.  So, container must be at least 12″ wide and 18″ deep and allow 6″ between cloves.

Light Requirements
Likes full sun

Water
Likes moisture. But, make sure soil drains well because bulbs can rot

Protect from deer with wire or netting

How to harvest
Pick the oldest leaves from the lowest section of the plants

   

Mustard Greens

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Great sauteed are in soups or stews. Spicy leaves cook well with strong ingredients like onion and garlic. Smaller, milder ones are good in salads and stir fries.  They are also a cold-hardy plant.  Not as cold hearty as kale but they can tolerate a light frost.

Container should be at least 12″ diameter. Plant 3-5″ apart (seedlings). Thin seedlings once they reach 3-4″ high

Light Requirements
Likes full sun

Water
Whenever the top 2″ of soil feels dry

Protect from deer with wire or netting

How to harvest
The larger the leaf, the stronger the flavor will be

 

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