Container vegetable gardening can be a rewarding and relaxing experience. Your favorite vegetables can be grown easily in almost any location that sees the sun. With a well-planned start and good maintenance, you will have a flourishing container of vegetables.
Pots, Boxes, and Beds
When container vegetable gardening, it is important to choose a right container. The size of the pot needs to match the size of the plant. The container needs to hold enough soil to give room for the roots to grow. The pot also needs to be heavy enough to keep it from tipping over when the plants are loaded full of produce. Having a container that is wider than the mature plant will prevent the fruit and branches from being damaged.
Choosing the Vegetables
There is a wide variety of vegetables available to gardeners who are getting started with container vegetable gardening. It is important to choose vegetables that you enjoy and often otherwise, you will end up with at hoard of vegetables that you cannot use. Combinations of vegetables can also be grown together in a large container. Lettuce, onions, beans, and radishes make a great combination for growing together. Certain vegetables such as cucumbers and squash require a large amount of space and grow best by themselves.
An essential step in container vegetable gardening is setting up the container properly. Drainage is important to prevent the root’s air supply from being choked off. A coarse material such as Styrofoam chunks, rocks, and even broken pots can be added to the bottom of the container for good drainage. It is also important to use a nutrient rich potting soil to give the plants at good start. After filling the container between quarter and half full, the plants can be added to the container. You then need to fill around the plant bases with potting soil until it reaches approximately two inches below the top of the container. While gently patting down the soil, be sure to cover the top of the original soil that came with the plant.
Caring for Your Creation
Once the container is set up, maintenance is the next important step to container vegetable gardening. It is best to add fertilizer when you water your plants. To do this, add a water-soluble fertilizer to water and use it to water your plants for six days out of the week. Once a week, water the vegetables with clear water to flush away the unused fertilizer.
If you pick the produce at as it ripens, you will have a more successful harvest. When the fruit is picked at the right time, the nutrients the plant absorbs goes to new fruit production rather than wasting it on over ripening the fruit. It will also prevent the produce from falling off the plant and making a mess on the ground. Besides, the smell of rotting vegetation can be very unpleasant.
With a small amount of time involved, container vegetable gardening can yield a satisfying and rewarding experience. These containers allow you to be creative and learn about the production and preserving of a wide variety of vegetables. Vegetable plants provide you with blossoms and foliage as well as delicious homegrown food.