My friend Julie from Incline
laughingly asked me recently if she could come garden at my house since her
property was buried in snow. While that’s not feasible, it got me thinking.
Others may wish they too could garden during these “Stay at Home” times but not
have space for an in-ground garden and need to garden indoors, on a patio or on
Everyone can have a garden,
even if just a small one. I suggested that Julie satisfy her gardening yen by planting
an herb garden in a pot. Since she is staying away from stores, she can order
supplies: everything from pots, to soil, to seeds, online.
Her house is above 7,000 feet
elevation, so she may have to keep pots indoors at night until the end of May. Here
in the valleys, we can certainly plant all kinds of plants in containers now,
as long as we protect them if (when?) it freezes.
Some of the herbs I cook with
regularly that I want to plant are parsley, cilantro and dill. Basils of all
kinds are more favorites, but since these plants are cold-sensitive, I will
watch temperatures and move them inside accordingly. Oregano and thyme are
relatively easy to grow. I’m considering planting lettuces and other greens in
containers too, maybe mixed in with spinach to keep salad supplies on hand. The
plant possibilities for successful container gardens are quite numerous.
To create a container garden,
start with a pot that is six inches to 12 inches deep (depending on the root
depth required for the veggies) and fairly wide. You can be creative with
container choice as long as it drains well, a critical factor for container
gardening success. You might use a plastic storage container with holes drilled
through the bottom for drainage. Good potting soil is the next essential
element. It is much better in containers than native soil, which is heavy and
has a tendency to hold too much water. Plant your seeds at the right depth per
the label on the seed pack or plant seedlings. Proper watering, good light and
care should yield herbs for cooking and greens for salads.
Here’s a great tip.
Greenhouse Garden Center, Carson City’s premier nursery and gift shop is taking
phone orders for curbside pickup. Call your order in at 775-882-8600 and they
will have it ready when you get there. You can get everything you need, stay
safe and support a local business.
JoAnne Skelly is associate professor and Extension educator emerita with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Email email@example.com.