Planting the Container Garden

First, choose a clean container. This may be anything that will hold soil and water, and in

A raised birdhouse serves as a focal point in a combination flower and vegetable garden.

which you can make a few drainage holes if lliere aren't any already, for drainage is essential to successful container gardening. A half-barrel, a small or large pot of clay or plastic or metal, a pail, a bushel basket, a wastebasket, a hanging basket. an old cake pan . . . you take it from there and use your imagination. Keep a close eye on smaller containers in sunny locations, as they will need more frequent watering.

If you use a bushel basket, or any basket, line it with sturdy plastic (a garbage bag is fine) slit with holes for drainage. This will help prevent over-watering, the most common cause of distress—and death— in container-grown plants. If you choose a clay pot, be aware it will take more frequent watering because clay allows water to evaporate through the sides of the pot as well as out the top. Kill with potting soil.

Kit the plant (or plants) to the pot. Peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, tomatoes, squash, and watermelon grow roots to a depth of 12 or more inches; the roots of lettuce, greens, and radishes grow to 8 inches; spinach. rhubarb, onion, bean, pea. beet, and Swiss chard roots are somewhere in between, with roots reaching about 8 to 12 inches.

This means that you can't plant a tomato seedling, or tomato seeds, in an 8-inch-deep pot. Nor should you waste a

12-inch-deep pot on a 4- to 6-inch radish root. But for even' typical, backyard vegetable, there is a suitable pot to place on your porch, patio, balcony, or in that sunny window with the southern exposure.

In hot, dry, or windy weather, you may need to water once or even twice a day to prevent dr\ing out. Hybrids are often a good choice for container growing. since they may offer dwarf varieties or plants with dwarf habits. Growing plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or pole beans in containers requires a strong pole or trellis for support, so plan ahead. Essentially, the care of container plants is similar to that of garden plants.

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening

Gardening is also a great way to provide healthy food for you and your loved ones. When you buy produce from the store, it just isnt the same as presenting a salad to your family that came exclusively from your garden worked by your own two hands.

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  • 101st Abn Div
    20 years growing in greenhouse enviro. Currently have 3000 sq ft of growing space under 6 mil plastic. I realize requirements stated above are for beginners/mid level growers but you can raise a 8 ft tall tomato plant in a 4 inch styrofoam cup with nursery mix....soil is not an absolute need in growing most plants. WATER - AIR - MICRO/MACRO nutrients are. Deep water well pumps 30 gallons a minute...water daily over 1500 3 gallon containers...some plants suspended with foam board in net pots with no soil/mix - set up like an A frame home with sprinkler heads inside...there are a million ways to do all of this - and yes, you can spend $$$ buying mix at the local big box shop.
    8 years ago

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