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What is an Edible Container Garden?

Container gardening is one of the easiest ways to start growing vegetables and other plants at your school. Container gardens can be located in the classroom, courtyard, or other approved parts of the school property.

You can build containers for edibles, buy them, or re-purpose previously used containers. The following are examples of containers that can be used for edible gardens:

  • planter boxes
  • clay pots and faux clay pots
  • plastic pots
  • Salad Tables™ 
  • hanging baskets
  • recycled milk and juice jug
  • food grade barrels
  • Earth boxes
  • 5-gallon buckets  

*** Do not use treated-lumber products and containers that previously contained toxic materials (examples: paint, spackle, varnish, pesticide, etc.). Also, some plastics and clays are not intended for outdoor use and may become brittle from exposure to the elements.