Container gardening

Asked July 5, 2018, 3:09 PM EDT

I plan to grow a lot of vegetables this summer should I use containers to grow corn,peas,lettuce and tomatoes?.How does raised garden work? Also please give me a tip on "No tilling garden preparation.

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A good place to start would be to read through our information on container gardening. Corn would be too big/would not grow well in a container, but at this time of year, you could plant beans, chard, beets, and greens in a container. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/learn/container-gardening

You can find information on types of containers to use, here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/types-containers

Raised beds are built on top of the exisiting soil, anywhere from 2-12 inches high, by adding compost and garden soil. You can build a frame for raised garden beds (using wood, bricks, etc.) or leave it unframed. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/learn/raised-beds

No-till garden preparation involves covering the soil to smother any existing vegetation (lawn). This is done by covering an area with sections of newspaper and then covering that with a layer of shredded leaves and grass clippings (with no herbicides). Then top the area off with a layer of compost. This is best done in the fall, but this method can also work in early spring. It may take 4-8 weeks for the sod to die. You can see a video about no-till gardening here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/learn/prepare-your-soil

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