Vegetable Container Gardening
Vegetable Container gardening is great for small spaces, if you’re renting or selling your home and don't want a permanent garden, or just want a nice smelling plant at your front door. With Container Gardening, you can have an Organic Vegetable Garden in a pot!
There are also some plants that would be best put into a container even if you have lots of space. Invasive herbs are best grown in a pot so they don’t take over your veggie patch. These are listed on my Herbs page.
A challenge for container gardening can be the watering. Even if you have an abundant water supply it is worth implementing these ideas as they’ll save you time as well as water.
- For hanging baskets line with sphagnum moss
Improve your soil to help with water retention.
If you are buying potting mix (this is recommended), buy a good quality one.
Adding compost will help improve soil retention. As these pages are about gardening in small spaces, I’m guessing you may not have room for a compost heap! See what your garden centre has or if there is a mushroom farm nearby you may be able to pick up some mushroom compost for free.
Water Crystals are fantastic for holding water and do so for a long time.
Your pots need feet!
Ensure your pot has good drainage by putting the pots on "pot feet" (raise the pot off the ground and don't have it sitting in a saucer of water). You can still have a saucer to protect your deck or tiles just use the feet in-between.
- Add broken egg shells to your watering can and leave overnight for a mineral boost.
So what can you grow?
Most veggies are suitable for vegetable container gardening. You may want to give watermelons and pumpkins a miss! You will also find a lot of dwarf or compact varieties. You can also grow potatoes in a container It's a great way to grow potatoes without taking up much room.
“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” ~ Mary Sarton