Container Growing Vegetables

You have probably thought about container growing vegetables lately during this difficult time in order to save a bit of money. You can start a little at a time to see if it will work for you as opposed to regular in-ground vegetable gardening. Container growing vegetables can be a very handy and rewarding project.

You can grow vegetables in almost any type of container as long as it is large enough and has drainage holes in the bottom. The larger the container the easier it is to maintain. The more soil it is capable of holding the most moisture it will hold. The larger the container, at least 18 inches or more, the better you are. Choosing your containers is also very important. If you choose a self-watering container make sure they have overflow holes to eliminate extra water during rain storms. These containers are good for the gardener that does not have a lot of time to water or is unable to water daily. Plastic containers or glazed ceramic containers are considered to be the best containers to use. The problem with terra cotta containers is the clay that is used to make them will absorb all the moisture out of the soil so the use of a drain tray will be needed to fill with water to give moisture back to the soil.

Having the proper drainage for the containers will prevent the vegetable plants from getting too soggy and possibly drowning. You can place pebbles or rocks in the bottom of the container so you will not lose soil as the water is draining; the extra water will flow between and around the rocks and leave the soil in tact.

Your container vegetables will need food in order to produce a crop and that is when fertilizer comes in handy. The soil you purchase may already have fertilizer included, if it does not you can mix some of the fertilizer with your soil before you place in the container. Every few weeks it would be a good idea to give your vegetables a diluted dose of liquid fish emulsion for added nutrition.  

You do not want your vegetables to receive too much heat, so if you live in an area that gets extremely hot weather you will need to place your containers in the shade during the afternoon heat or they will burn. If you use metal containers or dark colored containers they could possibly heat up too much and cook the roots of the plants. If you live in an area that gets very cold temperatures during the vegetable growing season you may want to bring the containers inside during that time. Vegetables do not like cold soil and that is soil that gets down to less than 60 degrees F.  

The soil to be used should be a good quality that is meant for growing vegetables. It is best not to use the soil that comes from your regular garden because it will probably compact too easily and drain poorly. Using this soil could also bring weeds to your container vegetables and that is one reason for container gardening, very few weeds. Organic potting soil is the preferred soil to use for your vegetables for a healthier diet.

You vegetables will need at least six hours of sun a day; another good reason for container growing vegetables is you can move them around. Water is also needed for your garden to grow to maturity. The soil should be kept moist but never wet. You stick your finger, as far as the first knuckle, into the soil to check if you are not sure; if it comes out dry it is time to water. You may need to water more than once a day during the hottest days of the summer.

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Barbara enjoys some backyard gardening and is trying a little container growing of vegetables. Come visit the website Gardeners Garden Supplies to see other articles regarding gardening and accessories and leave a few comments or thoughts.

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