Who said you needed to live on a farm to grow your own food? When space is at a minimum, container gardening can be a truly rewarding effort. With the right tools and supplies, even the most garden-challenged can grow veggies in a container.
Here are a few tips to get you growing:
Container or pot – Consider the root system of the plant and how big it will get. Plants need adequate growth space to produce good yields. Purchase pots with holes in the bottom for adequate drainage, or if you have a pot without holes, place a layer of rocks in the bottom so plants aren’t sitting in water to prevent root rot.
Soil – Opt for rich organic potting soil mixed with peat, perlite or vermiculite – these retain moisture while providing adequate drainage, which in turn means less watering.
Sunlight – At least six hours of early morning or afternoon sunlight is best for potted veggies and herbs to be happy and produce a good yield. Since containers hold heat, avoid placing plants in full sun to prevent overheating the roots and drying out the plant.
Fertilizer – Plants need regular replenishing of nutrients to thrive. Avoid synthetics and opt for natural organics such as seed meal and lime.
Watering – Over-watering is one of the biggest mistakes made when growing potted plants. Water only when the soil feels “damp” to the touch. Slightly drooping plant leaves can indicate when water is needed.
Best vegetable plants for growing in pots:
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