There are many advantages to container gardening, not only with space allotment but the time it takes to get your garden growing. It’s wonderful if you have the space in your yard for a large vegetable garden but having the space for a container garden is just as wonderful.
8 Tips for container gardeners
- Use the right containers for the right plant. Containers between 15 and 120 quarts are the best ones as you want to have room for your roots to grow and spread. Smaller pots can be used for herbs but even with them, try not to use anything less than a gallon size.
- Make sure the pots have good drainage with holes at least ½ inch across. You can line the bottom of you container with coffee filters to stop any dirt from escaping.
- Place the gardening containers on large gravel, blocks or bricks to allow free drainage.
- While adding soil to your container do not fill it completely, leave about two-inches between the top of the soil and the top of the container, it allows room for the water to stand and soak into the pot, not rushing out over the top, leaving your plants dry.
- If you are not using animal manure as a fertilizer, use a diluted liquid fertilizer about three times a week. Two good ones are: liquid seaweed and liquid fish emulsion.
- After choosing your plants and getting them into your containers, watering is the best thing you can do for your plants, especially during hot and dry weather.
- Some of the vegetable plants that can be grown in containers include, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant, Garlic, Lettuce, Spinach, Radish, and Onions.
- Don’t forget to place a few potted flower plants in the mixture of your vegetables as you will want to entice the bees and other flying insects to pollenate your garden.