Finding Pots And Containers For Growing Vegetables
You can use all sorts of containers that you come across. Important is
that they are big enough to hold a sufficient amount of compost and that
they have drainage holes. You can recycle old fish boxes, buckets,
chimney pots or sinks for this purpose.
Of course you can use the more decorative
terracotta pots or flower pots as well. You could also make up your own
containers out of timber. This is up to you. Just one thing to keep in
mind is that
black containers heat up in the sun and the plant roots don't like
that too much. You can either paint them with a lighter color or shade
Where To Grow Vegetables in Pots
Most vegetables like a good amount of sunlight so choosing a sunny
corner is important. They should get the sun for at least half a day.
should also be easy for you to get to because will have to water and
feed (and of course harvest!) regularly. So don't move it too far away
from the house.
You could also be growing vegetables in containers indoors. If you have a
sunny porch or conservatory that's ideal. If you don't have the perfect
conditions you could help this with some indoor plant lights.
Potting Compost And Soil
It is very important to choose a good quality potting soil. It is the
foundation of your container vegetable garden and for your success so
skimp on it! Get the best one available.
Don't use garden soil in your
pots. It gets too hard and compacted in the pots and you don't really
nutrients are in it. It also carries lots of seeds from weeds and can
also harbor diseases. So don't waste your time on it!
Which Vegetables Are Best For Pots
You can grow most vegetables in containers. Often it is better though to
choose compact or dwarf varieties. With potatoes for example it is
grow the early varieties with the smaller tubers in pots. Check out here how to grow potatoes in containers.
Tomatoes are great for growing in pots. There are loads of different varieties of tomatoes available:
You can grow trailing tomatoes
upside down in hanging baskets. I prefer dwarf varieties like 'Totem'
for growing in pots. They stay very compact and tidy and
great amount of fruit. Here are more tips for growing tomatoes in pots.
Courgettes, cucumbers, peppers, chilli peppers, peas, beans or radishes all grow easily in containers. For
the likes of lettuces, rocket, spinach or small radishes a
window-box is sufficient for growing them. Most herbs can also be grown in pots.
You can either start your plants off from seed or buy some vegetable
plants online or from your garden center. If you only want to grow three tomato
might be better off buying some small plants. Often though you might not
be able to get the varieties you like to grow. It also depends on the
vegetables you are growing in your container vegetable garden.
Vegetables like spinach, radishes or carrots can usually not be bought
as small plants. You
have to start them off from seed.
Watering Your Container Vegetable Garden
Watering is critical when growing vegetables in containers! The need for
water will depend on the weather (temperature and wind), plant size and
Therefore it is important that you check your pots regularly.
If you can't water regularly because you are away a lot or going on
holidays you should consider a watering system. A drip system with a
controller might save the live of your vegetable plants and will reduce
the amount of work you have to do.
Click here for more tips on watering your garden.
Reduce The Need For Frequent Watering!
Another much simpler alternative to a watering system are terracotta plant waterers.
You just combine these with a bottle of water and stick it into your
containers. The water will slowly seep out of the terracotta spike and
keeps the soil moist. You probably couldn't go away for weeks with this
system ...but it will certainly help to bridge a few days or reduce the
time needed for watering. They are also helpful if you tend to forget to
water your plants.
You Have To Use Fertilizer When Growing Vegetables In Containers!
You will only produce a good cop of vegetables if your plants receive
all the nutrients they need. Yellow leaves and stunted looking plants
are a sign
of insufficient nutrient supply. I prefer to use organic fertilizers, compost and liquid seaweed for feeding container plants. There is a big range of different fertilizers
read the label of each product and use accordingly. Overuse can damage
your plants by burning the roots. Liquid fertilizers have to be used
usually once a week. Don't do it when the pots are very dry. Water the
The lazy gardener can use slow-release fertilizers like Osmocote although this is not organic. You
mix the granules into the potting compost and they slowly release the
over a period of time. The only downside of them is that they are not
cheap and of course not organic. They save a lot of work though and the results are great.
Now you know how to grow vegetables in containers! It is not difficult and a lot of fun. Get to it!
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