Growing A Container Garden
Short on Space? Grow An Amazing Garden In Containers
No matter what kind of space you have - the smallest patio or porch, a tiny roof top, or even just a sunny window indoors, you can still grow your own vegetables in a container garden. With the efficient use of planter boxes, hanging baskets, barrels, and different sized flower pots, there is truly no limit to what you can grow. Follow a few simple tips outlined here and enjoy!
Choosing The Right Kind Of Containers
For your container garden
Choosing the right container is critical for success in your container garden. Here are a few guidelines to get you started:
* The best kind of pots are those that are ceramic and glazed. With ceramics, choose those that have wide openings and several drainage holes, 1/2 inch across. Its best to place a stone or newspapers at the base of the holes prior to filling the pot with soil to help avoid soil loss. Choose an ample saucer for the base.
Formulating The Perfect Soil
For your container garden
All plants have different requirements for growth. Check with each plant prior to setting up your soils. As a general rule, you will want a soil mixture that drains rapidly yet retains enough moisture to keep the roots evenly moist. Rich compost mixed with sand is an excellent choice. If compost is not available, purchase a good quality potting mixture, organic is preferred (see below for a recommended brand) and add some peat moss and sand. Sometimes a 'soilless' potting mix can be used. Such a mix is nice because it lacks weed seeds and insects that may carry disease.
Leave a 2 inch space between the top of the container and the top of the soil as this leaves space for you to add mulch at a later time.
Aim for at least 5 hours of sunlight per day on your container garden. Fruiting vegetables and root vegetables need the most sun while leafy vegetables need the least.
The Perfect Soil For Your Container Garden
Why is this the perfect potting soil for your container garden? Ocean Forest is a powerhouse blend of premium earthworm castings, bat guano, and Pacific Northwest sea-going fish and crab meal. Composted forest humus, sandy loam, and sphagnum peat moss give Ocean Forest its light, aerated texture. Ocean Forest potting soil is pH adjusted at 6.3 to 6.8 to allow for optimum fertilizer uptake.
What To Grow In Your Container Garden
Fruits and Vegetables that work best in a container garden
Because space is limited, grow vegetables that take up little space such as carrots, radishes or lettuce. A good idea is to also plant crops that bear fruits over a period of time, such as tomatoes and peppers. The amount of sunlight that your container garden spot receives will determine which crops can be grown, for the most part you need 5 hours of sunlight per day for success, more is even better.
Most varieties that will do well when planted in a yard garden will also do well in containers. here are some suggestions of vegetable varieties that you can use:
Other Important Tips For A Successful Container Garden
Watering: If exposed to lots of direct sunlight, containers may lose moisture rapidly. Some plants will need to be watered daily. That being said, you do not want to drown your vegetables or fruits. Aim to keep the soil moist not wet. A moisture meter can be most helpful in determining the exact level of moisture inside the container. If not available, place your finger in about an inch and if it appears dry then add water.
Fertilizer: Your plants will need a variety of nutrients including trace elements. Fertilizer can easily be washed out of your potting mix and conatiners as they are small in size. To prevent this, you may need to fertilize more frequently. Consider diluting your fertalizer and applying it with every other watering. Organic fertalizer mix is recommended. Liquid seaweed and liquid fish emulsion are great plant boosters to consider adding as well.
Heat: Avoid cooking or freezing your garden and its roots by keeping the soil at an ideal 60 F. Use a meat thermometer to check exact temps.
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