Container Gardening 101
Best Vegetables For Container Gardening
When you do not have a suitable or large enough space to grow a vegetable, many have turned to container gardening to solve the issue. You may find yourself asking what vegetables can even grow in containers. Here are some great choices that will do very well in containers and keep your grocery bill down. Beans are a great choice. Planting Provider or Derby beans are a great place to start. You can even put three or four of these in a pot that should be about twelve inches. You can even install a small trellis for the beans to grow up and make more room. Beets are also a great choice. Almost any variety will grow well in a post and will need a pot that is about twelve inches deep for the best results. These vegetables do not like to be crowded so keep it to about six plants per pot for optimal production. Growing carrots in containers is also ideal. Using a twelve inch deep pot, you can get as many as twenty carrots out of a harvest. They grow well and need to be watered diligently to increase production and health. You can also grow eggplant. You will need a five gallon pot for this one and only plant one plant in here. It will not only be very tasty, but it will be gorgeous with its purple foliage. Cucumbers are another good choice. They are sturdy and may need something to help with support, but you can get a good crop out of this vegetable. Lettuce and other leafy greens are also a top consideration. They are the perfect container vegetable. All you do is sprinkle some seeds in there and keep the soil moist, and you will have an amazing salad. Radishes are also great. They are quick growing, and you can put the seeds right on top and keep the soil moist and you can harvest these in a little over a month. There are many great container vegetables, and these are just a few. Plant and grow what you find delicious and enjoy these tasty and healthy snacks!
Choosing The Right Container
Choosing the right container when you start container gardening may seem a bit overwhelming, but there are some easy to follow guidelines to help you in your decision and make the whole process a lot easier. There are many styles, sizes and varieties out there to choose from. Here are some tips on making sure you get the one that is right for you. First, a homeowner needs to think about location and size. Usually, the bigger your pot is, the better it will be. This will work best for growing larger plants such as tomatoes or eggplant. The bigger the plant, the more space they will need for their root systems, so keep this in mind. When things get crowded, the roots are affected. When the root system is compromised, then the entire plant will feel it. A happy root system means that your plants are happy, and they will be more colorful and more productive because of it. They will also be much easier to care for in the way of watering and when you need to fertilize. Keep in mind that the depth of a container is just as important as how wide it is. What kind of material you want your container to be made out of. The composition of the pot can affect a lot of things from how often you need to water the plants to how long the container will last before needing to be replaced. Here are a few examples. A clay pot is more porous than others, and so it will dry out faster and, therefore, need to be watered more often. Containers made of wood or plastic will not need quite as much watering. If you do choose a wooden container, make sure the wood is rot resistant and will be durable in a multitude of weather conditions. You also want to make sure that the container has good drainage so make sure there are holes in the bottom. These tips should help you where picking a container is concerned.
Caring For Container Plants
Taking care of your container garden is not as hard as you might think. Here are some easy reminders to follow, to keep all of your container plants and flowers healthy and happy. You will need to watch your flowers frequently, even more so than those planted in your regular garden area. It is because potting soil will dry out faster. You may even have to water these more than once per day, depending on how hot your climate can get. It is even more true for larger plants with extensive root systems. Letting things dry out, especially vegetables can ruin an entire harvest season. To know whether or not the container is dry, stick your finger down into the first few inches of soil. If it is humid one may need to add more water to the container. You can also lift or tip the container. If it needs water at the time, the container will be much lighter than it would be if it were filled with water. Water more when the temperatures are hot and dry. Make sure you fill the pot all the way to the top with water so that the root ball will absorb and expand. The roots can shrink if the pot is drying out. This is the best way to water container gardens. If in doubt on how much moisture is needed, try the two tests above and think about the plant does it need more water or you should water? You will also need to make sure you fertilize this type of garden regularly. Nutrients are needing to be constantly added to the soil for the plants and flowers to produce and perform. Experts recommend fertilizing your plants and flowers every two weeks or so. The easiest ones to use will be in liquid form or will be water soluble. It becomes the quickest way to add nutrients to the root systems of your garden inhabitants. Also, be sure to check your plants every day for signs of pests, disease or distress. The happier the garden, the more it will produce and perform.
After you have hardened-off seedlings that you have started indoors, it is time to move them to your garden area so they can continue to grow. Here are some tips on how to do this successfully without harming the young plants. A homeowner will want to watch your garden allow that it is moist but not soggy. Next you will want to use a spade or trowel to make small holes in your garden for each of your seedlings. You can do this as you go along. The hole will need to be deep enough to resemble the depth it was in when it was in the pot or flat you were using. It will not apply to tomato plants as the hole will need to be twice as wide as the root system. After you have made the hole, you will want to remove the seedling from the pot but turning it upside down and gently tugging on the seedling. You will want to keep the roots and soil intact during this process. Never yank it out by grabbing the stem, this will prove harmful to the plant and can even kill it. After you have successfully removed it from the pot, do a once over on the root ball. Examine the plant and make sure it does not look damaged or in distress at all. Once you have determined it is in intact and good condition, you are ready to plant. You will want to use a diluted liquid fertilizer in a hole you have planted to help the seedlings get a quick start and a bunch of nutrients. However, you will want to reduce it by half so that it does not damage the young ones. Next, insert the seedlings into each hole you have prepared and firmly press the soil around the roots with your hands. Give them a generous watering to help them adjust to their new homes. You will also want to keep the soil moist around the seedlings until they have been established in their new homes and are strong.