Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to walk right outside you r door and pick a nice fresh tomato? Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables but simply don’t have the space? Can container vegetable gardening be the answer? Container gardening is fast becoming more and more popular since many vegetables will grow just as well in a confined area. Depending upon what you plan to plant your containers should be large enough to allow for root spreading and growth. Oversized wooden tubs and half barrels are the most popular because they make excellent garden containers. Planters made of plastic, metal or clay should always be checked for proper drainage holes.
Before setting your containers in place and filling them, make sure that what you are planting will be getting enough sunlight. Seed packets and plant stakes will usually tell you how much sunlight the plant will need. Once this is done you are ready to plant. Soil mixture for your containers should be filled with what’s called a soil-less mixture. It can be purchased a your local garden center or nursery, simply tell them its for a container garden, Plant your vegetables according to package directions or follow the plant labels. To encourage healthy plant growth do not over crowd your plants in the container.
Watering will be extremely important because pots won’t hold water like garden soil does. A fan type sprayer connected to the water hose or a old fashioned watering can are good for watering. Keep your vegetable plants weeded, watered and fed making sure that you check for signs of diseases or insect infestation.
Remember as with any garden proper nutrients will control the rate at which your plants will grow and produce. Not only is container gardening a perfect alternative to full gardening because of a lack of space or immobility, but it can also be a variation to your backyard.