Growing Vegetables in Containers for Your Family
The best tips for growing vegetables in containers.
Learn how to
choose containers, plant and care for a container garden conveniently
located on your porch, patio or even in a window box.
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An organic container garden is ideal for vegetable
gardening with limited space. Container plants can also add versatility
to large gardens.
The potted growing vegetables lend instant color, provide a focal
point, or tie in the architecture of your house to the planted area.
Containers of various styles can be placed on the ground, atop
pedestals, mounted on a windowsill, or be placed on your porch, deck or
Choosing Containers for Your Garden
Each type of container has merits as well as disadvantages.
- Clay or terra cotta pots are attractive but easily damaged by freezing and thawing.
- Concrete is long lasting and available in
a variety of designs and sizes. You could even design your own! A
drawback is the plain concrete tends to be heavy for a garden on the
move! By mixing the heavier material with vermiculite or fiberglass
blends will make the objects much lighter.
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- Plastic and fiberglass are lightweight,
inexpensive, and come in a many shapes and colors. Choose sturdy and
flexible pots that will not become brittle and crack with age.
- Wood containers are natural looking and
compliment the theme of an organic contain garden. Wooden pots help
protect the roots of the vegetables from rapid temperature swings.
- Making a wooden container would be a
great do it yourself project. Use rot resistant wood and protect it with
paint or a stain. Do not use creosote, which is toxic to plants. Molded
wood-fiber containers are solidly made and not expensive.
Growing Vegetables in Containers : Making a Moss-Lined Basket
A moss lined hanging basket is typically fashioned from a simple wire
frame and lined with sphagnum moss. Both the wire and moss can be
purchased from your local garden center. This simple container is
perfect for displaying lush vegetables or flowers growing from all
- Soak the moss in water to make it pliable.
Squeeze out the excess moisture. Place the moss in a wire frame and
press it into an even 1-inch layer. Add or remove moss as necessary.
- Cover up any visible wire on the outside of the basket
by pressing additional moss around it. Next, attach a wire hanger, hang
the basket, and trim any dangling moss. Some pieces of moss left
hanging down give the container a natural look.
- In a separate bucket, mix enough potting soil to fill
the basket with a couple of handfuls of peat moss to help retain
moisture. Cover the bottom of the container with the soil mixture.
- Use a pencil to poke a hole through the
moss near the bottom of the basket. Remove a vegetable seedling from its
cell pack and insert through the hole. Firm the moss around the
seedling on the outside.
- Repeat to make a row all around the basket. Cover the
roots with soil. Continue planting in rows to within 2 inches of the top
of the basket. Plant a few seedlings at the top of the basket and then
Growing Vegetables in Containers : Planting a Container Garden in a Window Box
A window box of growing vegetables pleases the eye and the palate
from both inside and outside your home. Almost any vegetable or herb can
be grown in an organic container garden. Dwarf and compact cultivars
Select plants to suit the climate where you live. Use your
imagination and combine upright and trailing vegetables for eye-pleasing
and tasteful effects. Water container plants thoroughly. Do not let the
soil dry out completely as it will be difficult to re-wet.
Caring for Growing Vegetables in Containers
Add diluted liquid plant fertilizer to your garden every week or two, following the directions on the fertilizer container.
Make sure your containers are watered as needed.
Once a day is usually necessary, and twice a day may be necessary during hot windy weather.
Check the soil. It should feel damp about one inch below the surface. If not, it is time to water again.
Make sure all your containers have adequate drainage holes in the bottom.
The soil should not be soggy-wet except at the moment you apply the water.
The water should moisten the soil, and drain quickly.
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