Garden in Patio Pots

What You Need to Start Your Patio Garden

If you're like me, I love fresh vegetables but because of lack of space I had to plant my garden in pots on and around my patio. To my surprise, I got a lot of vegetables ! It's very easy, you just have to have the right tools. First you need to decide what you want to grow. Then you have to decide if you want to purchase seeds or plants already started.

The only difference really is how quickly you are able to harvest your veggies. The other difference is price. You can purchase a package of seeds for anywhere from $.50 to $1.35, depending on the brand you choose.

What you need...

* Large pots, it doesn't matter what size or type. You just want to make sure that there is room for the roots to grow.

* Miracle Grow potting mix. This is essential to having fabulous plants !

* Your seeds or plants.

* A watering can

Pots Filled with Dirt for Planting Patio Garden

How to Get Your Pots Ready To Plant Vegetables

Now that you have your tools, your ready to plant your garden. First of all, check the bottom of your pots. If there is not holes in them you need to get a hammer and nail and hit where the little circles are until there is a hole. Next, place your pot where you want them on or around your patio. To help determine where to put them, check to see how much sun or shade your vegetables will need. In the bottom of your empty pots you can put styrofoam peanuts or cut up styrofoam. You don't have to do this, some people like to other don't. Now add your dirt to about 2 inches from the top. Now you're ready to plant.

Miracle Grow Potting Mix

How to Plant Vegetable Plants in Pots

For vegetable plants, you take it out of the pot and remove the excess dirt surrounding it. Now on the bottom you want to gently break up the roots. Don't worry, you're not going to hurt the plant. A lot of plants you buy are root bound, meaning they haven't had enough room to grow so they get bound together. Dig a hole 2-3 inches bigger than the dirt and roots of your plant. Put your plant in, surround it with dirt, and gently push on the dirt around the plant. I recommend 3-6 plants per pot depending upon the size of your pot. If it's a medium size pot, plant 3 per pot. If it's a large pot, plant 5-6 per pot. Once your plants are planted, water until the dirt is good and wet. You want to water everyday in the morning or evening. Never water in the middle of the day, it will cause the leaves on your plants to burn.

Seeds Growing in Pot

How to Plant Vegetable Seeds in Pots

To plant vegetable seeds you want to read the package and it will tell you how deep and how far apart to plant them. Every vegetable is different. Once you plant them, push down firmly on the soil and then water. Water your seeds everyday in the morning or evening.

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Collisa 5 years ago from California

My daughter is growing lettuce and tomatoes in pots. It's the first time we've tried gardening in a sort of major way! Did you see my hub on the five-a-day dilemma? This is a great way to add veggies to your diet.


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Collisa, no I haven't seen your hub but will definately check it out ! Planting in pots makes it quite a bit easier to maintain than a full garden as I'm sure your daughter is experiencing with her lettuce and tomatoes. Lettuce does tend to get bitter in warm weather, but if you mix seeds in with other greens like spinach they actually do better. Tomatoes love heat and loves of water ! A natural fertilizer for plants and veggies is used coffee grounds. Just put it around the stem of your plants or vegetables.


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Collisa 5 years ago from California

Wow, thanks for the helpful info! The lettuce is already started, but we might try putting in some spinach with it. Tomatoes should be good as we can move them around in pots. Blessings on your garden!

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