How to Create a Container Garden for Edibles in the North Carolina Piedmont

Edibles can be grown in containers in a variety of outdoor spaces: a small apartment balcony, a large deck space, or even a front stoop. People grow edibles for a variety of reasons. You may want to grow tomatoes for a sandwich or lettuce for a salad, or you might be providing herbs, vegetables, and fruit for a family. Regardless of the scope or size of your container garden, selecting the right containers, planting media, and plant combinations are the first steps on the road to success. In this publication you will find ideas to get you started growing your own edibles. Included are simple designs and potential settings for a single container, a small group of containers, and a larger grouping of containers. The benefits and challenges of various planting options will also be explored. Publication of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.