Nothing beats the fresh flavor of home grown vegetables and herbs. You can learn to grow your food in containers today. Growing vegetables in containers is an amazing experience that will guarantee that you get a ready supply of fresh vegetables throughout the year. These tips come courtesy of the organic gardening team at The Herb Store.
Did you know: Almost all types of vegetables grow really well in containers? All you have to do is to pick the right plants that will suit your preference.
• Tips on how to pick the right spot to grow your garden plants…
Most vegetables require at least six hours of direct sunlight and plenty of fresh air every day. Be sure to pick a site that meets these two conditions. If, for instance, you plan to grow peppers and tomatoes, you can save them from blight by having them in an open space with a lot of fresh air.
During extreme cold season, you can save your plants by placing the containers near the sunnier part of your home.
During summer, you should avoid placing the pots directly on a cemented terrace. Cement heats up quite fast which might not work well with your plants. Excessive heat can hinder growth.
You can place larger pots on carts to make it possible for you to move them around depending on the conditions at the time.
• Tips on what containers to choose…
Any container can do just fine. However, you can still consider the following two factors:
• Size: The containers should be big and spacious enough to hold the plants and allow enough breathing space. Get containers that are at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Such sizes hold moisture for longer. In fact, the bigger the container, the better for your plants. Herbs will usually grow is slightly smaller containers than vegetables.
• Drainage holes: Whatever container you go for, make sure it has enough pores to drain off excess water. If the pot doesn’t have enough holes, drill some using a ¼ inch drill. Remember to line the bottom of the pot with a cloth to prevent the soil from spilling off to the floor. The pores should not be too big to let out all the water though. Your plants need that water.
Different vegetables require different pot sizes. For instance, tomatoes and cucumbers thrive well in containers that are 20 inches wide. These two vegetables produce vines, so you can erect a wire cage into the container to support the vines. Larger pots make this possible.
• Tips on what materials the containers should be…
Your plants won’t mind which material you choose to house them really. However, if you choose to house the plants in clay pots, you’ll have to water them more often than the other types of pots. Clay pots are more porous than pots made of other materials.
The color of your pot also matters. Darker colors are known to absorb excess heat. They may eventually heat up the soil. Extreme heat is not good for your plants, so avoid such containers.
Also, avoid vegetable containers made of treated wood or any other chemical compounds. The chemicals may affect your vegetables.
• Tips on the types of soil you should use…
You need to impress your plants with just the right soil. They can be choosy sometimes.
For optimum results, make sure you mix in equal measure potting soil, peat moss, and vermiculite.
You can now fill the pots to two inches of the rim.
• Tips on how to plant your herbs and vegetables in Pots…
There are two options. Either you can plant seeds directly in the garden containers or you can choose to transplant the seedlings. You may purchase the transplants any garden center.
Consider this hint!
Plant any of the following directly into the garden container: carrots, radishes, spinach, beans, and corn. Remember to water the pot before planting. Allow it a few hours to drain excess water then plant seeds according to the package instructions. We recommend that you plant more than one seed in the pot to save guard against those seeds that will not germinate. After germination, you can thin the excess seedlings.
After you’ve planted, you can now water the container gently and evenly. Just remember to keep the soil moist always.
Look out for weeds and pests as you watch your garden plant flourish.