Vegetable Container Gardening
Vegetable container gardening is a simple way
to make the most of your space. It can be done on balconies, window sills,
porches and patios.
The containers can be bought from garden
centers, or constructed from household odds and ends. Gallon cans, plastic
milk jugs, bushel baskets, buckets or garbage cans all work fine. For instance,
a great tomato gardening container is a 5 gallon bucket. Drill a couple of drain
holes, fill the bottom with rocks, and then add your soil mixture.
Vegetable container gardening simply
requires plenty of water, the right soil mix, and proper nutrients.
Synthetic "soils" are best suited for container vegetable gardening.
These soil mixes are usually composed of
sawdust, peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, or wood chips, and are readily
available from garden centers. Use a slow-release or organic
fertilizer for vegetable container gardening right at planting time.
Best Picks for Vegetable Container
Most shorter-growing vegetables will do fine
in containers. You can also buy bush or baby varieties that are well-suited
for patio container gardening. Vegetables that grow readily when planted in
- Bush beans
- Bush squash
- Ornamental kale
While flowers for container gardening vary in
their need for sunlight, vegetables in containers need at least five hours of
light each day to produce. Your best bet is to allow from to eight to ten hours
of sunlight every day. For shady locations, leafy vegetables will do nicely.
Proper Pots For Vegetable Container
The rule of thumb is to match the size of
the container to the size of the vegetable once it becomes full grown. As
vegetables grow, their extensive roots need plenty of space to develop. Also,
when tops of big plants get heavy, they can topple over if in too small a pot.
Vegetable plants such as peppers, radishes, and
lettuce need a container at least 6 inches in diameter with soil at least 8
Wooden tubs, large buckets, bushel baskets, and
old barrels split in half are perfect for growing squash, cucumbers, tomatoes,
Mix your vegetables with a few flowers.
Not only with this improve their looks but it will attract useful insects, too.
A tub of lettuce, onions, carrots and a few marigolds makes a good show and they
will all grow well together, while bush tomatoes on their own look every bit as
good as flowers.
Vegetable container gardening is an efficient
and truly rewarding way to enjoy delicious food from your own garden. Fresh
fruit and organic
herbs are also excellent to consider for fresh, edible container