The best container garden designs and ideas for planning a small potted vegetable garden.
Basic plans and tips for planting a simple vegetable container garden on your porch, balcony or patio.
1. Grow only plants you and your family like to eat.
2. Water as often as needed to keep soil damp.
3. Full sunlight is better than shade.
4. Resting period in the winter. (For you and the garden!)
5. Don't forget to fertilize the plants every two to three weeks during the growing season!
6. Use fresh enriched soil at the start.
7. Give plants some breathing room. If plants are crowded compensate for lack of root space with frequent light liquid fertilizer feedings.
8. Provide good drainage; remove excess water.
9. Avoid drafts or windy areas especially for native tropical plants.
10. Mist leafy plants during dry low-humidity weather.
To be successful, container garden designs can be made in advance and held to a manageable size. The necessary requirements for the plants are proper containers, and good growing conditions including regular watering.
Don't let lack of gardening experience deter your first attempts to put your container garden plans in place.
Container gardens are among the easiest, most manageable garden to grow!
A container gardener is a more simple way to plant a succession of green onions and a few heads of lettuce than a traditional garden plot. And you can take that to the market!
Plants that are suitable for including in container garden plans include: carrots, potatoes, eggplant, onions, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, parsnips, lettuce, cucumber, horseradish, radish, and dwarf zucchini.
Everyone's favorite, tomatoes adapt well to container growing and there is a variety to fit into your container garden plans.
Plant the following for a healthy container garden:
Experiment with a roll-around box for achieving success in container garden where space is in short supply.
Since the planter can be rolled around, both sides of the planter can be used and turned to the sun as needed.
A plant display stand concentrates growing in one area for easy tending and all around viewing.
A stair-step planter can put vegetables and herbs at reach near your kitchen.
A six foot high A-frame planter that is 6 to 8 feet in length is an ideal solution for small spaces to grow a wide variety of crops.
Don't forget the roof overhang when it comes to hanging gardens.
Support 6" deep window planter boxes with posts, chains, or nylon cord.
Install a string trellis for vines.
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