Vegetable Container Gardening - Grow Your Own Garden Indoors
Vegetable Container Gardening
Last year I got the brilliant idea to start a garden. Why not? I love fresh vegetables and what better way to save money than to pick some fresh vegetables in my own garden. Well all in all it was a great idea until I realized I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and sadly I am one of those people who it seems no matter what plant I touch it turns brown and dies. No, seriously it is true until I started researching and reading up on everything I could about gardening including container gardening.
Container gardening is great for those with little backyard space or who find they don't have enough adequate sun exposure. There are many types of annuals and vegetables that you can grow in a container.
When growing plants indoors you can choose to either find your own container or you can purchase container gardening kits that comes with everything you need - container, fertilizer, seeds, cover and more.
Container Gardening Kit I Have Used
I personally have used a garden kit made by Earthbox. It is amazing and so easy anyone, I mean anyone can use this and succeed. If I can do this than you can too!
This kit is truly the best out there. The box even comes on wheels so it is truly portable and you can wheel it from one spot to another with ease. The kit comes with the garden box equipped with wheels, fertilizer, dolomite, 2 germination covers and easy to follow instructions.
Picking the Right Container
Picking the right container to grow vegetables or flowers is important if you want your crop to grow properly. Keep the following in mind:
Look for containers with a wide opening, do not use anything where the opening is narrow.
Avoid using plastic or wood containers. The plastic will be destroyed from the UV rays of the sun and the wood tends to rot out.
Terracota pots is a container that you can use but be warned that over time these types of pots tend to dry out easily.
Find containers that will have a capacity between 15 to 20 quarts.
Give your plants enough drainage, make your holes in your container 1/2 inch across. Use newspaper down on the bottom to keep any soil from escaping.
What Vegetables Can You Grow Indoors?
There are some vegetables that you can grow indoors better than others. Here are a list of vegetables you may choose to grow:
Snap beans, lima beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, onion, peppers, radishes, spinach, squash and tomatoes.
For those of you who love flowers there are a few annuals that can thrive indoors in containers. Here are a few for you to get started:
Alyssum, periwinkle, begonia, pansies, geraniums, salvia, marigolds, snapdragons, zinnias just to name a few.
What Exactly Do You Need For Your Container Garden?
You will need a few things to get started in container gardening. First you will need to find a suitable container. Almost anything around your house you can use. Some containers though are better than others. Whatever container you use make sure to have enough holes in the bottom for drainage.
Next you will need your seeds and fertilizer. Look for an organic fertilizer for your plants. It is crucial to keep your plants fertilized adequately as the plants use up the fertilizer and water on a daily basis as they grow.
Some plants need more sunlight than others so make sure whatever type of plant you are trying to grow that it gets enough sunlight. You can put your container in the windowsill or next to a bright sunny window. If you are unable to do this you can purchase what is called growing lights. These are electric lights that are specifically made to help plants grow.
Mistakes To Avoid With Container Gardening
There are a few common mistakes that people tend to make when trying to do container gardening. Here are a few so you won't make the same mistake.
If using a very large container wait to fill it up with water until you have it in the spot you want. Don't fill it all the way with water than try moving it.
Don't over water your plants. Yes you can use too much water as well as not enough water. Read what the watering requirements are for the particular plant you bought.
Don't buy sick looking plants. When in doubt if you are in a nursery ask someone for help to find a good healthy plant.
Don't be afraid to prune any plants in your container. If they start looking ragged than go ahead and cut them.
Give your plants enough of the nutrients it needs. Read the label on your fertilizer and make sure it will meet the needs of your plants. Every plant has different needs as far as fertilizer, sun and water.
Container Gardening Books
To make sure your indoor garden is as successful as possible you should look into reading a few books on container gardening. Two books that will be of a great help are Bountiful Container and Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step by Step Techniques. I personally bought the Bountiful Container book and found it extremely useful.
If you are really serious about getting into growing a garden indoors than these two books will be a great resource with lots of information with detailed instructions for growing your own garden inside. Both books have great positive reviews and either book will be a great resource in helping you learn about making your own container garden.
Should You Try Container Gardening?
I think why not? It certainly wouldn't hurt and there are many great reasons to give container gardening a try.
Growing vegetables in containers is relaitvely simple and easy. Not only is it easy to do but it is also easy on the pocketbook. You will find yourself saving money when it comes to buying produce. With the cost of groceries skyrocketing you will find yourself saving money from your simple container garden.
It doesn't matter how much space you have or where you live either. You can grow almost anything in a container indoors.
Container gardening is also something great you can enjoy doing with your kids. Get your kids involved in planting the seeds and watching your plants grow every day. It will be a great leaning experience you can share with them.
Share your own thoughts below about container gardening. Have you tried growing any vegetables indoors before?