Space can be a reward, especially in these days when apartments and condominiums are so popular. A simple solution for those who want to grow at least some basic herbs and vegetables is to grow in containers. Maybe you don’t have time to maintain a large vegetable garden, or you have a physical condition that prevents you from bending over or using your usual gardening tools. Whatever the reason, container gardening can be a great way to meet some of your organic food needs.
While container gardening may have its limitations, there are some great benefits.
* You have the advantage of being able to bring your containers indoors during the coldest part of the winter.
* Your vases/containers can create a focal point on a balcony or patio area, adding interest, color or foliage.
* The planters can be made from practically any type of container that holds the ground and allows adequate drainage.
* The impregnation media are easy to process as they have the correct pH.
Weeds are far less likely to become a problem.
* Less likely to be attacked by slugs and slugs or soil-borne diseases.
* The smallest space – even a window sill can be used to make fresh herbs
You need to purchase a premium potting mix to grow in containers. Don’t be tempted to use the garden soil in your pots as it will become compact and heavy, not allowing the water to drain well. A premium impregnation medium is a must. It is lighter and therefore provides excellent drainage.
You will need to supply all the nutrients of your plants since most of the potting mixes are not supplied with organic fertilizer. Remember that more is not better when it comes to applying fertilizers. Too much fertilizer in contact with the roots of your plant will burn them. Always follow the instructions on packaged fertilizers. There are many organic fertilizers available to choose from, so look for blends suitable for the type of plant you are growing: leafy, flowering, vegetables, etc.
Pot plants need to water more frequently than regular garden plants, and as a result, water eliminates fertilizers. Therefore, container-grown plants benefit from liquid food on a regular basis during their growing season. You can buy organic liquid fertilizers if you don’t have room to create your own. Use them for leaf feeding and drench the soil around your plants.
Since container plants are above ground, the sun and wind will dry out the potting soils faster than plants grown in the ground. During the summer you will have to be careful that the pots don’t dry out.
Water the containers when the soil dries to a depth of 1-2 cm (1/2 inch). Apply water with a soft flow to be gentle on plants and on the ground. In hot weather, I usually water again about 30 minutes after the initial watering. This is useful in containers since plants cannot always quickly absorb water.
It is important to make sure that the containers have adequate drainage or that the plants suffer from it and eventually die if the roots are permanently sitting in the water. If the containers are on the ground floor, the holes may not drain easily. If they are on a patio or just raised off the ground, there should be no problem with the bottom holes. If you are not sure, make side holes.
Pieces of an old broken clay pot or a flying wire placed over the holes will prevent the potting mix from packing around the holes and reducing drainage, as well as keeping it in the pot.
You can add mulch to larger pots in the summer to prevent them from drying out. I like to use pea straw.
Choose the right plants
When growing in containers, you will need to look for the most suitable varieties for growing in small areas. Many herbs produce excellent specimens of containers. You could start with some of the smaller vegetables like radishes, lettuce, onions, peppers or chillies, aubergines, short varieties of carrots, beans and so on. Planting containers is ideal for trying out some accompanying planting techniques. You will have better success if your plant combinations are happy! If you plant in three weekly sequences you may be able to get the continuous production of some plants.
You can also try some climbing plants as long as you have some trellis or railings for support. Strawberries grow well in containers, especially hanging baskets if they are not allowed to dry.
Choose a location for your container plants where they receive around six hours of sunshine each day, preferably the morning sun rather than the afternoon sun. you may also need to protect your plants from falling in strong winds. If you have many pots, they could protect each other. Place taller plants along walls or trellises.
Many conventional gardeners are found with more than a few plants growing in containers. I wouldn’t think of any other way of growing ticks as they are simply impossible if they run away into the garden. And how many people have room for an adult laurel when they use only a few leaves each week?
Yes, they have a little more care, but we are well rewarded with our gifts. Try growing some pots together. They look good and provide a suitable microclimate to each other. Good luck with yours!