Container Gardening Vegetables – An Introduction

First Harvest of Plum Tomatoes © by stepnout

Container gardening vegetables provide most of us the alternative to living in the countryside. After all, we have jobs to go to and big city activities that we enjoy. So container gardening becomes our best alternative.

Before we get too carried away, growing vegetables in containers does have its limitations, and the most you can hope for is to grow herbs or a few radishes, as space limitations will play a big part.

Vegetables that are generally grown in fields will continue to grow there. Anyway why would you want to grow potatoes or carrots, when you can grow exotic herbs such as rosemary, rocket or lemon grass or some exotic gourmet vegetables like silver beet or radishes or even cherry tomatoes for the very ambitious? They not only look better, they will also give off a very pleasant aroma which will make your container garden a very pleasant place in which to pass your spare time tending your crops.

Organizing container gardening vegetables is different from that of plants simply because there should be less emphasis on what color or style of container is required and more on functionality.

These days you can buy wooden containers, although they are a lot less popular, or plastic which is always a favorite or as the commercial container growers do, you can buy sturdy but low cost containers made from polystyrene. Polystyrene containers will certainly save you a lot of money, but they are nowhere near as attractive.

Depending on the space you have available, and how far reaching your plans are to become a vegetable gardener, you can decide which container will best suit your décor or your budget.

Once that has been decided, it will be worth your while to do some research on which planting medium will serve your project best. There are a number of combinations that you can settle for, and you have to know how to set the proper balance otherwise your soil may be organically rich and problematic to the young plants.

Compost is still a very strong option, often providing very positive results. However, for those who are not keen on having the “country aroma” too close to home, it might not br exactly suitable for you.

Visit any commercial greenhouse and you will quickly observe that what is known as a “soil-less” potting mixture is the professional’s choice. Soil-less soil is comprised of peat moss, which is both lightweight and inexpensive.  Equally important for the grower, it drains well while possessing excellent water retention characteristics.

If efficiency and high yields are your goal, you can even plant your seedlings in the very sack that the soil-less potting mixture came in, but most people still prefer containers. What you need to ensure when you plant in containers, is that they have holes drilled in the bottom, large enough to have surplus water drain from them.

You can also save money and a lot of mess by placing your containers inside a tray with sides that are tall enough to stop waste water from escaping over the sides. This water can be gathered up and re-used.

Lastly, if you really go all the way with your container gardening vegetables, you could consider setting up a basic irrigation system. These systems do involve some outlay, yet will save a lot of water, especially if you use a hose or watering can to irrigate your plants.

All in all, container gardening vegetables will be a lot of fun, and the first time you eat something that you grew yourself, you’ll know it will have been worth it.

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