Container Gardening is a great way to grow plants if you do not have a lot of space. You can grow vegetables, herbs, and annuals to dress up your front porch or deck. Almost any vegetable can be grown in a container. The only thing you have to make sure of is the size of the pot needs to be large enough for healthy growth habit.
There are many benefits to container gardening.
- No garden to till in the spring
- No weeds to pull
- Conveniently located on a deck or patio
- Healthy plants
There is only one real disadvantage to container gardening.
- More watering
What kind of dirt should I use in my pots?
– Dirt from your yard is usually too heavy and thick for roots to be established in a pot. You should always use potting soil when growing in containers. This soil is light weight and has good nutrients to continuously feed the plant. You can buy potting soil at many retailers.
When growing in containers, you will need to water more than you normally would when planting in the ground. This is because the plant is absorbing all that it can when grown in a container and there is less room. A good rule of thumb is to water at least once a day. When it is hot and dry out you will probably need to water twice a day. If you are unsure your plants need water, stick your finger one to two inches in the dirt. If it is dry, then you should water. You do not want to over saturate the plant either. If you think the plant has too much water, simply place it in the hot sun and let it “dry out” a bit.
Make sure the pot you choose has a few drainage holes in it. If it does not, drill 3-4 holes depending on the size of the pot. The holes should be about 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch.
Your container size is going to depend on what you plan on growing. Things like zucchini, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumbers will want to climb on something. You can put a trellis in next to the container or use rope for the plant to climb on. I would recommend using a pot that is at least 14 inches wide for these varieties. If you are growing tomatoes, you will still need to use a stake or a cage for the fruit . Make sure, with tomatoes, that the pot is at least 12 inches deep for the root system to grow. You should have no problem growing herbs in containers. We recommend a pot at least 5 inches wide.
At last, your ready to grow your garden anywhere in your yard!!