Container Gardening

Gardening in Nevada, Part 2: Container Gardening

In Part 1 of our Gardening in Nevada series, we took a look at getting your garden started. Now that you’ve got everything prepped, it’s time to plant. If you plan on container gardening, here’s what you need to know.

If you live in Reno, you might find yourself living in an apartment or with a small backyard. If you imagine only being able to have a garden with large amounts of land, think again.  If you want to have a garden of your own, then it’s time you took the plunge and started a container garden—a great way to have a garden in small areas, such as apartments or small yards. In Part 2 of our Gardening in Nevada series, we’re going to take a look at container gardening.

Choosing the Plants

“Plant choice is a little more important [for container gardening] because you have limited space and do not want to have things that get too large and take over all of the space. Through selective breeding…many varieties of plants have become available that stay small enough to grow in containers,” says Josh Jimenez, the store manager for Garden Shop Nursery. Plants that will do well in a container garden include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Peas

These plants work for a variety of reasons. First, since there’s limited space, determinate species of the plants “have a gene that makes them stop growing when they get to a certain size,” making them fantastic for containers.

Many of the plants can also be grown together to save space, Jimenez says. For example, you can grow tomatoes with beans or peas, since the beans and peas will climb the stalks of the tomato plants.

Root vegetables or tailing plants like strawberries, he says, can also be planted near the edges of the containers since they will grow down into the soil or drape over the edges of the container.

So, the overall goal for having a successful and bountiful container garden is to do you research ahead of time to make the best use of your available (even if relatively small) space.

Don’t Overwater!

The number one problem many container gardens fail is because of overwatering. Jimenez suggests allowing the top half inch to a full inch of the soil to dry out between watering. This allows the plants to not become oversaturated or unable to absorb the nutrients. Since you’re not watering too much at one time, you’ll need to water more frequently than you would with plants planted in the ground.

For more information about container gardening, feel free to call Reno’s Garden Shop Nursery at 825-3527 or stop by the shop.