Container Vegetable Garden

Having a container vegetable garden is a great way to test your green thumb. It also works well for apartment dwellers or those with very small yards.

Here are a few tips for a backyard vegetable garden:

1. Pair up the right container with the right plant. Make sure you read the planting suggestions on the labels. Overcrowding can cause all the plants to die or not produce. And too shallow of a bin can also reduce your crops turnout. So in other words, plan ahead. I sit down in the winter and plan out all my plantings on paper. I also believe in using what you have. I plant in old wash basins, wood produce boxes, tin tubs you name it.

2. Choose your potting mix wisely. The water needs to drain well. If you are going for organic home gardening then a good mix is 50% compost (like earthworm castings) and 50% coconut coir or peat moss.

3. Fertilize every 6-8 weeks with compost tea or a chemical fertilzer.

Here is a video on starting container gardening. The only thing I disagree with is using commercial potting soil. I much prefer using organic materials like coconut fiber, manure and worm castings or compost.

The motivation for most to grow your own veggies is to go organic so remember your soil is part of the mix, so keep it natural.

4. Water daily for 7-10 days then a deep watering soak 2-3 times a week is usually sufficient.

5. Choose a sunny spot. Most veggies require a minimum of 4 hours of sun per day.

Plants that do well in containers:Most herbs, carrots, tomatoes, okra, onion, strawberries, peppers

Plants that do NOT do well:vining plants like watermelon, cantelope, squash.

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