Container Vegetable Gardening Tips, Techniques, and Ideas
Creative Container Gardening
Here are a few great container vegetable gardening plans, tips, and ideas to get your garden off to a successful season of produce!
Watch our video for designing a container garden, and examples of container gardens!
Container gardening is a great and easy option when you want to try your hand at growing your own fresh vegetables, but don't have much space in which to do it!
Glazed Pots Make Good Containers
Planning and planting a container vegetable garden is a great way to
save money, and begin a rewarding gardening hobby that can last a
Far too many people think that because they live in town or because
they live in an apartment, they cannot grow their own vegetables. This
is simply not true!
While you can't get the bushels and
bushels of produce that people with a farm can harvest, it is entirely
possible to provide a good amount of your favorite vegetables for your
table through container gardening.
The main advantage of designing a container garden is that it doesn't take a lot of space, or a big back yard to grow your own vegetables.
All it takes is a place to keep your pots, potting soil, and water.
Add a little planning and TLC, and you are definitely going to get results.
The plants that you grow can provide delicious produce that can give you some really terrific meals to look forward to.
Choose a sunny location for your container garden. Southern,
western, and eastern exposures are ideal. Northern or shady exposures
will be fine for leafy vegetables such as lettuce that prefer somewhat
cooler growing conditions.
Container Vegetable Gardening Ideas
Patio Container Vegetable Garden
What kind of containers can you use? Here are some container ideas to help you get started.
of people like the look of clay pots, but remember that water can
seep or evaporate through the sides and they can stain or crack in
Terra cotta pots tend to dry out quickly, so be sure to water frequently.
pots are fine, although they can eventually rot on the inside from the
moisture unless lines with plastic.
Using cedar or redwood containers
will also slow this process.
Glazed ceramic pots although fragile are beautiful, and they can work very well for this purpose.
Decorative plastic pots are inexpensive and look great, and of
course, you can always use plastic buckets or planters as well!
Save money...you can also recycle pots or containers you already have on hand!
Container Garden Plans
Creative Container Garden Ideas
What vegetables can you get started with? A great rule of thumb is
that leafy vegetables will tolerate shade, while anything that flowers
and then fruits will need more sun.
In this case, if you have
limited amounts of sunlight to work with (for instance, if you have a
northern exposure or if you have a building that is blocking the
light, you may very well wish to stick to growing celery, spinach and
lettuce, especially at the beginning.
are great for growing tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers,
peppers and any other vegetables you would like to try in a pot!
You might also want to add a few colorful flowering plants to your vegetable garden to add beauty and fragrance.
Container Garden Tips
Cherry Tomato Plant in Clay Pot
Also remember that when you are starting container vegetable gardening you will need to use a good potting soil with added nutrients such as compost.
Small amounts of liquid fertilizer will get you the results that you
need as well as using a good potting soil, which allows for good
drainage and encourages your roots to spread well through the pot.
Some people create their own compost pile and recycle fruit, vegetable, and other materials. This is a good thing to do if you have some space for it.
Container vegetable gardening
is a lovely way to get some terrific, show-stopping vegetables for your
Remember that if you are feeling unsure that you can simply
Some people keep their indoor container gardens going
all year in the climate controlled environment of their home.
about how good fresh tomatoes in the winter would taste!