easy veggies/fruit for a balcony garden

Asked March 28, 2020, 2:43 PM EDT

Dear HGIC Team, We live in a condo in Rockville, and we are getting ready to plant a small balcony garden. So far, we have planted a few herbs--rosemary, mint, sweet basil, chives, and thyme. What are the easiest veggies and fruits to grow in a pot? We saw a small strawberry plant at the local nursery. Would that work? By the way, we are gardening novices. Thanks!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

A good place to start would be to read through our information on container gardening. You will see what types of vegetables you can plant and that you like to eat. Look for “bush” or “dwarf” varieties of the crops you want to grow. There are quite a few tomato and cucumber varieties bred for small-space gardening. Also, see types of containers, soils to use, planting, etc.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/learn/container-gardening

It is possible to grow strawberries in a container. There are different types.
Everbearing and day-neutral are often lumped together but are a bit different. Everbearing cultivars typically produce fruit during two distinct (spring, fall) time periods while day-neutral cultivars can flower and fruit anytime during the growing season although production is concentrated during spring and late summer/early fall. Everest, Seascape, Tristar, and Tribute are all day-neutral cultivars. They tend to be smaller than everbearing cultivars. MD gardeners seem to have better luck growing day-neutral cultivars.
These gardeners often replace their plants each spring because plants often start to decline in the second year.
See more https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/strawberries-selection-planting-training

Marian