It is estimated that since the pandemic, nearly 20 million people decided to pick up their shovels and explore the world of gardening for the very first time. And why not? Growing your own fruits and veggies is an extremely rewarding experience.
If you’re looking to get started, a simple, convenient way for you to approach this is through container gardening. This article will outline all the basics you need to know before you get started.
Growing Vegetables in Pots: Which Ones Should You Choose?
Some veggies are better suited to the pot environment than others. These include beets, cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, basil, green beans, lettuce, peppers, radishes, spinach, and tomatoes.
The Right Location
Next, it’s time to decide where you’re going to put your containers. Ideally, you need a sunny spot that is exposed to sunlight for at least six to eight hours. Make sure it is accessible to you so that you can water it daily.
Finally, you want to ensure that your plants are not exposed to particularly strong winds or other external factors that may alter the natural temperature of the environment.
Choosing a Container
Almost anything can be turned into a plant pot, however, plastic, ceramic or fabric-based containers are your best bet. Next, make sure your container has a drainage hole. If you live in a more humid climate you will want more opportunity for airflow, whereas if you live in a dryer climate you want your container to retain more moisture.
Now when it comes to size, in general, the more space your plants have to grow their roots, the better. However, if you have space constraints you should be fine so long as you stick to the container-friendly veggies.
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What Kind of Soil Should You Use?
As a general rule of thumb, you want to stay clear of the soil from your garden. Instead, opt for a potting mix that has all the nutrients necessary for your plants to thrive. You can even make your own with a mixture of peat moss or mature compost, garden topsoil, sand, and slow-release fertilizer.
Caring for Your Plants
Ideally, you want to water your plants as early in the day as possible and water them deeply. The frequency may vary depending on the type of plant you’re growing, but generally, once a day should suffice. Also, smaller pots may require you to water more often than larger ones due to their reduced ability to retain moisture.
Container Gardening Done Right
Container gardening is a fantastic hobby that allows you to care for, and nurture another living thing while reaping the benefits of your hard work.
So get out your containers, your seeds, soil, and your shovel, and start growing vegetables in a container!
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