How to Grow Veggies in Containers

If you are thinking about going green, you should certainly start to lead a more sustainable life. A great way to do this is to start growing your own food. Believe it or not, you don’t need a garden for this, as veggies can even be grown in containers. This is an option for the people who want to grow veggies in containers because they don’t have enough space in the garden,or maybe they do not have a garden at all. There are a few vegetables that can do very well in pots as log as they get the right care.

Veggies to grow in containers

  • Cucumber
    It doesn’t like cold, so do not ever plant it until early Summer. Surprisingly they are very easy to grow.
  • Green Beans
    The results can be fabulous if you have the right soil and some well-positioned canes. Very cheap to grow, but a little bit expensive to buy. They must be watered a lot.
  • Tomatoes
    This is the first choice of people who want to grow vegetables. You must have good soil and water them properly in order to have success in growing them.
  • Carrots
    Growing carrots is a simple, straightforward process. They do particularly well in containers and they are also very cheap to buy.
  • Lettuce
    This is an excellent choice. Very easy to grow. Lettuces need watering especially in the morning and a well-drained soil. In the Summer they prefer shade.

Veggies not to grow in containers

There are some vegetables that are NOT well suited if you want to grow vegetables in containers and those would be: pumpkin asparagus, rhubarb, pomegranates and fast growing trees.

Choosing a container

Bigger is better. Since soil dries out faster when is in a small space, you should choose a bigger container so you won’t have to water that often. Containers must have holes so that the excess water can drain away from the soil.

Watering

Some containers,called ”self-watering” have a reservoir beneath the soil topped with a grid through which the roots can get down to the water. With these containers,you won’t need to water very often but you still have to keep the reservoir filled with water during Summer. If it is hot, you will need to fill it daily,because mature plants might absorb water really fast. If you leave home for more than one day,you will have to stick to spring and fall crops such as peas, radishes and greens and leave the pot garden go fallow while you are gone.

Where to place your container

People who grow veggies in a container know that most of them require six hours of sunlight per day. Usually salads and herbs can get by with less. The rest of them are sun-lovers and will be happy with as much sun as they can get. So,as the sun angle moves, they can be moved during the day. Don’t forget to put them in a protected location as wind can destroy them. You can put them under the shelter of your house.

Soil

You must not fill the container with garden soil and you should fill it instead with a blend of soil-less medium that can resist compaction and retain the moisture.

 

As you can see, going green is not that complicated. Moreover, not only are you doing something for the planet, but growing your own food will also help you save money, and it is a great way of having access to healthy, pesticide free food.