What Edibles for Railing Containers?

ashleightaylorAugust 15, 2012

Hi there! This year I started an edible container garden on my balcony and I have been LOVING it. Words don't really describe the joy I feel everyctime I successfully harvest and eat food I've grown for myself. I've been so zealous however that my small deck/balcony is running out of room! I'm wondering what I could grow in these over the railing containers:


...I have heard this container is great for herbs, but I already have herbs growing in small terracotta pots. Would this container do well for Strawberries? Any other small veggies, like any small peppers perhaps? Or carrots? Anything?

I'm also interested in these: http://www.amazon.com/Apollo-Plastics-L2X6-MOCHA-Railing-Rectangular/dp/B001CUZEJ4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

... and thinking for lettuce. Would Kale be too big for this? Or Swiss Chard? What about bush beans?

I'm already growing the following in pots: tomatoes, poblanos, bell pepper, jalapeno, zucchini, cilantro, mint, basil, chives, thyme, sage, rosemary, kale, oregano, parsely...

I'd love to grow more kale, lettuces/other greens, more strawberries, and any more veggies I can.

Thanks for your suggestions!!!

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Now that fall is coming, I'd plant more things like lettuces and kale that can be eaten at any size.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 5:42AM
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Since time is short, I would plant lettuce and radishes. I love them both and they would be ready to eat quickly!

If you have a lot of sun, next year you could try small peppers and bush beans. Actually, I would move some of the herbs to the railing containers and use the larger pots for vegetables. Many are available now in smaller sizes suitable for container gardening.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:47AM
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Thanks! Yea I was thinking for now lettuces/kale!

I found a railing box that is 24 inches deep, do you think i could try I small carrot variety or beet?

Do you think I could do strawberries next year in those Greenbos? Also bush beans would be fun for next year! And peppers but what variety is small enough?

Thanks so much!!!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:58AM
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There are small round carrots available (like French heirloom 'Paris market', Thumbelina, French round, Mini round, Short and sweet...)

You can also grow a baby turnip which could be eaten whole, raw or cooked (I like plate of roasted veggies: baby potatoes, baby carrots, baby turnips, small round onions-delish!)

And strawberries should do well next year.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 8:52PM
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thank you rina!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:16PM
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great post Rina!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 4:02AM
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ashleightaylor, did you find those 24 inch deep railing containers online or at a store? I have been looking for something like that but have had no luck so far.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 6:29AM
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doomahx - i found them on amazon! here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Akro-Mils-SPX24DB0E24-Planter-Terra-12-Inch/dp/B005LELQ30/?ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I just ordered one to see how it will work, if it's good I'll get more!!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 12:53PM
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