Vegetable Container Gardening
Through the years, maintaining a flower or vegetable
garden has been a joy for those with plenty of land. Growing plants
in containers, however, has become increasingly popular, allowing
even more people the excitement of home grown vegetables through the
Vegetable plants which thrive in a home garden also tend to do well
in appropriately sized containers. Tomatoes, peppers, turnips,
potatoes, green onions, squash, beans, and eggplant are just a few
of the vegetables which can be harvested from container gardens.
Pole beans and cucumbers can be grown in vessels as well, although
they require large amounts of support due to their vining growth.
To help decide what plants are right for you to grow, first
determine how much space you have. While container gardens may be
placed on any level surface, such as a windowsill, doorstep, patio,
or deck, each plant has particular space needs. Herbs will thrive in
planters from 6" to 10" in diameter, and rooting vegetables like
green onions, radishes, and beets can even be grown in a cake pan.
Fruiting plants, like eggplant and peppers, require a larger vessel,
such as a 5 gallon bucket.
Once you have decided what you wish to grow and enjoy, check each
plant�s needs. Different varieties of vegetables perform better than
others when in containers, and discussing this with an avid or
professional gardener will ensure you get the best results.
Place your new garden where it will also obtain the appropriate
amount of sunlight. Most plants prefer full sun, and this is
required for those which produce fruit. Root plants can tolerate
some shade, and leafy greens like chard and lettuce can grow well in
partial shade. If the light changes radically, or your plants are
not growing as well as desired, an
of having them in containers means you can reposition them in more
light if needed.
A container garden can make caring for each plant's needs easier and
more exact. Rather than using blanket fertilizers and feed on all
your plants, you can tailor the feeding and nutrient needs to each
pot. By monitoring the leaf and stem growth and condition, you can
ensure that each unit is getting the nutrients it needs. Some fast
growing plants require a bit more feed than a rooting plant, and
this can easily be added to your soil mixture on an individual
This concept also works for pest management. Inspecting each plant
individually will help you determine if any have been damaged by
fungus or insects. The proper systemic control can be added to that
container alone, and the entire vessel can be quarantined to prevent
spread of any plant diseases.
Growing vegetables in a container garden is a perfect way to enjoy
the outdoors, even without a large green space of your own. It is
also a fun way to involve children in gardening and respecting the
earth. We hope these tips will help you with your container garden
this year. Be sure to visit our
Plants & Lawn Care department for all your container gardening
needs. For more personal assistance, please call one of our customer
service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 or internationally
at 513-232-4225 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday