Container gardening is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional gardening.
The absence of a large backyard is no longer a hindrance on gardens as enthusiasts can now use their small patios, balconies and porches to grow plants and vegetables.
Container gardens not only smell great in your home but also provide healthy and nutritious additions to your families’ diet.
However, there are many guidelines one must adhere to in order to raise a bountiful vegetable container garden.
1) You want to make sure that your
containers will receive adequate amounts of sunlight while maintain ease of access for watering when needed.
While most vegetables are known to require long periods of sunlight during the day, some vegetables such as cabbage, spinach etc. is capable of growing in shaded areas.
Still, it is imperative that these types of vegetables are rotated so that they receive at least some sun during daylight hours.
2) Though some plants only require watering once daily, some plants may require more frequent hydration depending on varying requirements from specific vegetables.
3) Some ideal container garden candidates include; tomatoes, lettuce and radishes as they are known to be well suited for growth under these conditions.
Other vegetables ideal for container gardening are eggplants and peppers.
4) You also need to ensure that you choose the correct soil for your garden.
You can consult the experts at your local garden center if you need help choosing your soil.
Synthetic soils are often best for container gardens as they have nutrients such as vermiculture already added to a calculated mix that includes peat moss and sawdust.
Make sure you that your soil will be able to hold an adequate amount of moisture and will not support the growth of weeds.
5) There are many different types of containers available for use in gardens.
Keeping in mind specific requirements for your vegetables, Clay, ceramic, or even plastic containers may be used. You can also opt for more available alternatives such as bushel baskets, drums, gallon cans, tubs or wooden boxes etc.
6) Finally, one last thing to consider is the facts that while harvesting you do not want to damage any of your vegetables. So be extremely careful during the collection procedures. Also, set aside any seeds so that they may be used in the future.