Gardening is one of the great joys of summer. It’s a fun hobby that pays off with cheap, vitamin-rich, fresh veggies. Just because you’re a travel nurse doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all this tasty fun. Container gardens are becoming more and more popular in urban areas and they are perfect for travel nurses who want a garden that can travel alongside them.
This way you can pull up stakes at any point and still enjoy your homegrown, fresh, delicious produce! Here are some travel nurse container garden tips:
What Can You Grow?
I’m currently nurturing a lovely little heirloom cherry tomato plant in a container on my deck and it’s already blooming like gangbusters! So tomatoes, I can vouch, do just wonderfully in container garden settings. Some other great options for veggies to grow in containers include peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, lettuce, strawberries, pole beans, radishes, and even potatoes if the pot is deep enough! With all of these you want to make sure you choose more compact varieties when possible, as those will yield the best results in containers. Also, don’t forget the herbs! Basil, cilantro, mint, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, chives, tarragon, and so many more, are some of the easiest and most common container plants.
What Do You Need?
Some people like to do gallon buckets, decorative pots, wood boxes — it’s really up to you, but you’ll want to get something large enough to accommodate the plants. I used a big terracotta pot at the recommendation of the local nursery staff and it’s been great. It’s a very breathable type of pot, which is good for container gardening but it may require more water since it’s so porous. I recommend asking the staff at your local greenhouse/nursery for advice if you are unsure — they are an excellent resource. Also when choosing a pot, keep in mind you will be moving it so it shouldn’t be so heavy that’s not possible.
Basic organic soil is your best bet; it’s chock-full of nutrients. Avoid any type of soil that is too chemical-laden and meant for indoor houseplants or flowers.
Make sure you pots have free reign to drain — they should have holed bottoms — and keep in mind that they’ll need more water than an in-ground plant. Check the soil with your fingers daily to keep a good measure of the plants’ water needs. Keep in mind your current climate and plant placement when determining the amount of sun needed. Again, ask a local gardener for climate-specific advice if you’re unsure.
We hope these travel nurse container garden tips were helpful to you! Learn more with this Farmer’s Almanac quick guide on container gardening. Do you have tips for container gardening? Please share in the comments if you have any travel nurse container garden tips.