Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Container gardening to boost elderly nutrition

One thing I plan to do this year is learn how to grow vegetables in containers. I'm interested for two reasons:

1) Mom will benefit from eating fresh produce, plus she loves to garden but can't tackle weeding, and
2) I'm interested in providing pesticide-free produce for our table.

When I think of gardening, I automatically begin thinking about fresh tomatoes. If you’re from the South, you probably have eaten tomato sandwiches or you have at least heard of them. Well, at least I used to eat them, back when tomatoes tasted like tomatoes instead of like today’s mass-produced, cardboard-flavored version. Other than being colorful, tomatoes don’t have any resemblance to the ones I remember when I was growing up. Today's are flavorless! The ones we ate when I was growing up came out of my aunts' and grandparents' gardens and the flavor was nothing like those I find at today's grocery store.

Many a summertime lunch or supper consisted of a tomato sandwich and a glass of iced tea. I rarely drink the sweet tea these days, but I surely do miss a sandwich made of ripe tomatoes with a little mayo and sprinkled with salt and pepper. My husband’s favorite sandwich is a BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato), and when I can find home-grown, fresh tomatoes I will serve BLTs for a couple of days because they’re such a treat.

I know that probably sounds goofy, but there you have it. Some favorites just never grow old.

Now I end up buying cherry tomatoes instead of the larger ones because at least the small ones have been vine-ripened. They taste good, but I don't like the pesticides used to grow them. Therefore, I decided to begin my container gardening adventure by planting tomatoes.

Since it’s March, it’s time to plant here in North Florida. This morning I hit the jackpot for information about growing fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes indoors in my own containers. This article was written by a cooperative extension agent and has great suggestions. I can’t wait to get started! I plan to try both cherry tomatoes and the regular big ones; I’ll try some indoors and some outside and let you know how they do.


If you have some suggestions for growing tomatoes in containers, please share with us!

Caregiver at Home


  1. New to your site. You do a wonderful work.

    Here is a site about Container Tomato Gardening.

    Great Luck to you!!!


    You might have to copy and paste the site address into you your browser.

  2. Thank you for the link; it's a great site and I've already gotten some help with some of my tomato questions. Best wishes to you!

  3. Excellent work you are doing over in the US I have listed a couple of links that may be give you some food for thought?

    Keep up the good work

    Leeds Yorkshire UK



  4. These are wonderful containers, Mal. Thank you for sharing the info! ~Joan