Patio Gardening - Perfect for Townhouse Living

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Patio Gardening - Perfect for Townhouse Living

Townhouse living is a great way to get more house and luxury for your dollar, in a smaller footprint. That's good news for people living in larger cities who want to build new. Townhouse living has a lot of benefits, but having a yard for gardening is usually now one of them.

Of course you can participate in a community garden - a great way to get your gardening fix, as well as meet new people - but many of us enjoy having a garden close to home for easy access when fresh veggies and herbs are needed.

If you live in a townhouse, you probably don't have much room for gardening. Don't despair, patio gardening can be just as satisfying. Patio gardening can produce a sufficient yield for your family and can be a lot of fun, it's also easy.

Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can successfully grow tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, radishes, and all kinds of herbs. Patio gardening is a great way to grow food for your family all year long depending on the climate where you live.

There are a multitude of planters for patio gardening. And while there are some high tech options that include grow lights with vertical growth, any container will do.

It really depends on the size of your patio and how much space you want to use for gardening. If you're like most patio gardeners, you'll find it can become quite addictive and pretty soon you have pots and containers all over the patio. 

Start your plants from seeds or buy them already started at your local hardware store or garden center. Start seeds in the spring or purchase seedlings to get a head start. Cuttings work well too depending on the type of plant.  

If you're new to gardening choose hearty varieties of tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and beans to get started. These fruits and veggies don't require much more than watering and sunlight.  Speaking of sunlight, it's important to determine how much sun your patio gets. If it doesn't get much sun you'll want to stick with fruits and veggies that don't need much light like broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beets, salad greens and radishes. 

Make sure the containers you plant your veggies in have good drainage. Too much water and your plant's roots will rot. If your pots don't have enough drainage you can drill a hole in the bottom of the container to provide more.  Use a slow release fertilizer to nourish your plants all season. 

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