Almost any vegetable can be adapted to growing in a pot (container). Even your favorite full size selection of produce. If you have a large enough container and plenty of soil and water, it will grow just fine and yield plenty of vegetable. Taking up little space, carrots, radishes and lettuce. Several crops that bear fruit over a long period of time, such as tomatoes and peppers – they are perfect for container vegetable gardens.
Container Gardens are limited only by the size of the container. They’re so versatile they can easily blend into the landscape of your backyard or patio area. Have fun with them and use your imagination.
A Summer salad; plant a tomato, a cucumber and some parsley – or chives in all. A large 24″-30″ container. They grow well together and are compatible to the same amount of water and sun requirements. They’re continue to produce well into the Fall months. Although not very attractive by late summer, placing the container on a rolling plant stand, allows you to position the eye sore, if needed.
A container Herb Garden, also makes wonderful gifts, especially housewarming presents.
Since your vegetable plants will be making their containers home for the season, you want to start them off right. Make sure there is enough space for them to grow into and choose your soil and site with care.
A few suggestions when starting your first container garden.
Selecting Containers:Containers for your vegetable gardens can be almost anything: flower pots, pails, buckets, wire baskets, bushel baskets, wooden boxes, nursery flats, window planters, washtubs, strawberry pots, large food cans. Experiment with what you have lying around your home, to build your container garden.
Drainage: No matter what kind of container you choose for your vegetable garden, it should have holes at the base or in the bottom to permit drainage of excess water.
Color Considerations: You should be careful when using dark colored containers because they absorb heat which could possibly damage the plant roots. If you do use dark colored pots, try painting them a lighter color or shading just the container, not the plants.
Size: The size of the container is important. For larger vegetables like tomatoes and eggplants, you should use a five gallon container for each plant. You can grow these plants in two gallon containers, however you need to give the plants considerably more water.
You can use soil in your container vegetable garden, but potting mixes are much better. Peat-based mixes, containing peat and vermiculite are excellent. They are relatively sterile and pH adjusted. They also allow the plants to get enough air and water. Mixing in one part compost to two parts planting mix will improve fertility.
Using a slow release or complete organic fertilizer at planting will keep your vegetables fed for the whole growing season.
Pots and containers always require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. As the season progresses and your plants mature, their root system will expand and require even more water. Don’t wait until you see the plants wilting. Check your containers daily, especially on the hot summer days, to judge the need for water.