September 22, 2015

Container vegetables

Whether you’re low on space, have poor soil, or just want to plant some veggies wherever you want them, these 4 vegetables grow great in containers.

Container gardening is a great option for those with limited (or no) garden space. (I once grew great tomatoes and basil on a 2nd floor balcony in the heart of Houston!)

Containers may be moved around as you please, so you can move them to a sunnier spot, move them out of the rain, or simply arrange them to please your eye.

The trick is choosing the type of plants that do well in containers. Some vegetables are more suited to container gardening than others.

Here are 4 great veggies that grow well in containers:

Tomatoes

The container size you will need depends on the tomato type. Standard tomato plants should be planted in a 24”-deep container, while dwarfs should be planted in 12”-deep containers…. Incorporate a tomato cage for support.

Peppers

Any variety of pepper can successfully grow in a container 16” deep…. Add a trellis to support peppers as they grow.
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Lima Beans

Popular Fordhook lima beans grow nicely in a 12” wide, 8-10”-deep container…. Use stakes to form a supportive tepee in the container, which can also be used as protection from the sun by draping fabric over the top.
All container plants, including lima beans, need extra watering attention since potting soil doesn’t retain moisture as well as garden soil….

Spinach

All varieties of spinach are compact plants, so choose your favorite type. The ideal size container for spinach plants is 4-6” deep;  fill with 1-2 pints of potting soil mix and ¼ tablespoon of a balanced fertilizer. Water daily and move the plant to a shady spot for several hours so the soil can absorb moisture.

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Check out the full article at The Gardening Channel

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About the author 

Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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