Veggie growing in a NY city apartment

Asked March 11, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

Could you please recommend a vegetable that can be grown in a container on a window sill in a New York city apartment. The apartment is on the 24th floor and gets a lot of sunlight. I would like to grow something prolific that my grandson could see and eat.

New York County New York

1 Response

Becoming a garden mentor is a wonderful gift to you grandson! There are a number of vegetables that can be grown in containers provided you can provide enough light and properly sized containers. Here is a growing guide from Cornell University: http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/misc/containers.pdf
Note that full sun generally means 8 hours or more per day, especially if the sun is filtered through glass.

Fruiting plants require more sunlight than leafy greens such as chard or lettuce. However, the salad vegetables are not nearly as exciting to kids. So you might try some of the easier fruiting plants like cherry tomatoes, pole beans, or sugar snap peas (with edible pods). Tomatoes, beans and cucumbers like lots of heat, whereas peas do better with cooler temperatures. Climbers will need a support they can climb that is at least 6 feet tall.

Feel free to write back if you have any specific questions. Have fun with your grandson.