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Growing your own foods is one of the best ways to ensure you get the freshest, healthiest items. Gardening without an abundance of room can be accomplished with some creativity and effort. Many fruits and vegetables do well in stand-alone containers.
Most vegetables, fruits and herbs will begin to lose their flavor and nutritional value the second they are plucked off of the plant. Growing your own items at home can be one of the best ways to ensure you are getting the freshest and healthiest produce possible. In addition, if the idea of using pesticides is disturbing to you, growing your own foods allows you to take the chemicals completely out of the equation.


Radish is another small plant that requires only 6 inches of soil to grow. They can be started from seeds in the early spring and will harvest in as little as 3 weeks. Many find the red roots an attractive addition to a garden.

Onions only require 8 inches or so of soil to grow and do not take up very much room once fully grown. When started by seeds in the spring, onions will take a bit longer to mature.

Tomatoes come in numerous varieties, from the tiny baby tomatoes to the large heirloom tomatoes. Regardless of your preference, all are easily grown in containers. Tomatoes require large containers of at least 2 feet and regular watering. Tomato plants will need to be staked or caged as they mature to support the weight of the tomatoes. Supplies can be found at most garden centers.

Citrus Trees

Dwarf citrus is a good beginner plant to grow without a garden. This is due to its ease of growth. There are several varieties of citrus trees that grow well in containers. A 9-inch container is suitable for a tree that is up to one year old.  Be sure to give it at least 8 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Meyer lemon trees are wonderful additions to a container garden. The blooms are quite fragrant and the tree will produce an abundance of sweet fruit for you to enjoy. They are sun and heat lovers that do not care for strong winds or soggy conditions. Water them only enough to keep the soil damp.

Key lime trees have been successfully grown in containers. They do require at least 12 feet of sunny space to give them room to spread out their branches. This is a fragrant blossoming plant that produces tangy fruit. Key lime trees prefer to be planted in deep sandy soil and require very little water after the first 3 weeks.  However, they do not do well if they dry out, so attention must be paid to proper watering.
Herbs

Basil grows easily in containers. The simplest to grow is your basic sweet basil. It does require warmth in order to grow, so a sunny area is essential. Basil is easily grown from seeds under the right conditions. It does well when the soil dries out in-between watering. The large, darker leaves will be the most flavorful.


Parsley is an easy container plant that requires a full days worth of sun. Proper watering is required for the plant to flourish. It does best when a wetting agent is applied to the top soil. This is available from your local garden center. A light layer of mulch is useful to help keep the plant from drying out too quickly. In addition, if you are a butterfly lover, parsley has been known to attract the black swallowtail butterfly.

Rosemary is an excellent no-fuss, showy plant that can be easily grown in containers. This plant is better purchased or propagated than grown from seeds because it is a slow grower if planted when it is not mature. Give it approximately 7 hours of sun each day and water it only as needed.