Container Gardening with GOFT

Mission:

“To help aid local food security by building relationships in our community and engaging with our neighbors to educate and encourage growing your own produce.”

In May and June of 2019, Hamilton County Master Gardeners distributed container vegetable gardens to some recipients at local food pantries.   Here, we hope to provide help to people who are growing their own produce.  Check back throughout the gardening season for more information.

For more assistance, please call the Hamilton County Purdue Extension Education Center at 317-776-0854, or email hamiltongardenline@gmail.com.   There are also many free resources available from Purdue Extension.

Sun and Watering:

Place your container in full sun (at least 6 hours of sun a day).

If the soil begins to feel dry and look lighter in color, you’ll want to give the plant some water.  You can tell if the soil needs more water by digging down into the soil about 6 inches.  If it feels dry, water until it drains out of the bottom.  Pour water on slowly, being careful to not flood the plant.  In hot, dry weather, this could be every day (preferably in the morning).

Harvesting Lettuce:

Click here to read more about growing and harvesting lettuce and other leafy greens.

Click here to view a demonstration of harvesting lettuce from your bucket

Here is a picture of the lettuce base, once it has been cut down.  This one is part of the bucket that also contains peppers and onions.

Click here for more information on using and storing lettuce.

Harvesting Basil: 

You can find more information on growing herbs by clicking here.

Click here for more information on using and storing basil.

Harvesting Sweet Onions:

Click here to read more about growing onions.

Click here for more information on using and storing onions.

Harvesting Peppers:

To learn more about growing and storing peppers, click here.

Harvesting Tomatoes:

To read more about growing tomatoes, click here.

Common tomato problems are discussed here.

Click here for more information on using and storing tomatoes.

Common Pests:

You can find information on common garden pests, including pictures and recommendations, by clicking here.

If you see a hornworm on your tomato, pick it off and destroy it asap.  Be sure to regularly check for this pest.

 

Ready To Do More Gardening?

This publication from Purdue Extension Department of Horticulture will help to guide you through the growing season.