Slide 1: Growing Strawberries


Dorian Winslow

Strawberry plants are compact and adapt well to containers. That said, they need lots of warmth and sunshine—at least six to eight hours a day—as well as well-drained soil. With shallow roots and a relatively small root ball, strawberry plants are perfect for pots designed with little cupped opening around the sides, such as the one pictured. 

The 12-Inch Farm: 10 Foods You Can Grow in Containers

Edible plants can be every bit as pretty as traditional ornamental plants. To get the greatest enjoyment from these ornamental edibles, pot them up in large containers and keep them close to your kitchen door or deck. One advantage of keeping your edibles nearby is that you will have a better chance of protecting them from birds and other marauders. Another advantage is that you'll get to witness the plants' beautiful development up close. On fruit-bearing plants, such as blueberries, figs, and lemons, buds unfold into flowers, flowers turn into fruit, and the fruit ripens—displaying a rainbow of colors under your watchful eye. For plants like lettuce or kale, it’s all about leafy texture. Here are some of my favorite edible plants for containers.

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