Container Vegetable Gardening Saves space
Container vegetable gardening is not limted to free standing pots but small varieties of tomatoes such as cherry and plum tomatoes will do well in hanging baskets. Almost any kind of container can be used in container gardening. Let your imagination roam in this regard. It is not usual to see bushel baskets,drums,gallon cans ,tubs or wooden boxes. The size is dictated by the vegetable selection and square foot gardening space that is available.
In square foot gardening a variety of vegetables can be grown for the most part you can use the same varities that you would grow in your full garden. Salad greens are one good choice for container vegetable gardening because you can combine the seeds of many types such as lettuce,endive,herbs and other greens in a wide shallow container vegetable gardening container and produce many harvests from this method. Sign for Gardeners Monthly be among the first 200"
You can fill your containers with potting soil or garden soil but synthetic soils are best suited for container vegetable gardening. These mixes can be composed of sawdust, wood chips,peat moss,or vermiculite. It must be free of disease and weed seeds and be able hold moisture and nutrients plus drain well and be lighweight. Many synthetic soils are available from your local garden centers.Many synthetic soils can be prepared by mixing vermiculite,peat moss,limestone,superphosphate and garden fertilizer to a bushel each of vermiculite and peat moss and add 10 tablespoons of limestone,5 tablespoons of 0-20-0 superphosphate and 1 cup of fertilizer such as 6-12-12 or 5-10-10.This media must be mixed thoroughly adding water to reduce dust.This mixture seems like a large quantity and for your purposes you may need to reduce the ratio for less mixture.
It is even possible to add in a little organic compost for added nutrition. Gardening tips for your container vegetable gardening include the occasional watering of your plants because they are enclosed in a container there is no need to water as often as plants in the ground.This is the best way of making use of your container gardening by saving time and money in your landscaping. This is an excellent way to grow your food without over planting more than you need. I am going to present in this page a couple of interesting ways to use a variety of containers to make your container vegetable gardening look creative.
MAKE TOMATO GROWING EXCITING AND COLORFUL
The plastic growing bag is an unique use of square foot gardening. There are a couple of tricks to using these bags because the opening slice completely across the bag can cause the bag to spread.Here a are couple of gardening tips to help with this problem.Number 1 cut off the end beyond the heat seal and use it as a ring. Number 2 slide the ring to the middle of the bag being careful to treat gently because the strap is not wide.You must use a growing bag with potting soil or some other media already in a sealed bag.It is best to make a "V" shaped cut at either end of the bag with the "v" directed to the center of the bag with a straight slice under the strap.Then gently fold the edges under to create a mild dish shape and this can be done by pushing the soil mixture along the sides. Then you make a hole and insert the tomato plants right to the bottom and firm the plant gently into the soil. As the tomato plants grow,you made need supports in the form of small bamboo braces or other means of support.The tomatoe growing in a plastic bag is an uniquepart of container vegetable gardening.
There are other great ways in container vegetable gardening to pot your tomatoes. An ordinary window box will do just as well and provide you with sufficient tomatoes for use in your meals. Although at present I do not have a picture but tomatoes planted in a container upside down and the planter hung as any hanging plant.This is really container vegetable gardening at its best. You know or perhaps you do not know that Marigolds are often planted in front of and in back of tomatoes to ward off harmful insects. I have potted marigolds with two or three tomato plants in an hanging basket putting the tomato plants at the edge of the basket and let them hang down.Its best to use a diluted tomato fertilizer preferably a liquid one. This willbring on heavy fruiting instead of an abundance of leaves.The Pictures below show you the wonderful results in container vegetable gardening.
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POTATOES IN A BUSHEL BASKET
It is advisable to use potatoes that have a short growing season such as Yukon Gold which produces a big early great tasting yellow-fleshed spuds for baking or mashing.It is best to use a soil based potting mix or some soil from your garden because a new potting mix could result in too much top growth. The ideal situation is to place your potatoes in a warm dark place which will cause them to sprout. It is best to stand them in a pot or maybe an egg carton with the bud upright.Some more gardening tips would be to start your potatoes inside in a bushel basket like pictured below or in a large pot 18 to 21 inches in diameter. The potatoes in a bushel basket should be filled in the first 6 inches with crushed stone followed by a blend of compost and builder's sand at a depth of six inches at this point place 6-8 of your sprouted potatoes leaving 6-8 inches between your sprouts.Then cover with your choice of soil based potting mix.You will need to add more soil whenever the foilage gets 6 inches above the soil surface.This type of container vetgetable gardening will insure that your potatoes obtain the maximum size.Now dump your container vegetable gardening barrel at the appropriate time of season and you have your potatoes.
In the container vegetable gardening pot it is not necessary to use the sand and stone method.Just fill the pot with your blended potting mix until is one third to one-halffull The potatoes should be postioned 6-8 inches apart which will provide an excellent crop without crowding your potatoes. Then cover your potatoes with about 1 inch of potting mix and level the surface. Early potatoes are ready to harvest when blooms first appear but if you use maincrop potatoes 90 days and up do not harvest until foilage dies. The container gardening vegetable pot pictured displays a potato crop well on its way to harvest.
Common vegetables for container gardening
|Types of Vegetables||Poor||Fair||Good||Excellent|
| Brussels Sprouts||----||----||----||YES|
| Eggplant||----||----||YES||---- |
| Lettuce||----||----||----||YES |
| Onion(Green shallots) ||----||----||----||YES |
| Onion(bulb)||----||YES||----||---- |
| Peppers||----||----||----||YES |
| Potatoe||----||----||YES||---- |
| Radish||----||----||----||YES |
| Spinach||----||----||YES||---- |
| Tomato||----||----||----||YES |
We could continue this container vegetable gardening and consume many web pages. We could talk about container gardening growing peppers,eggplants and zucchcini so on but instead I have included a chart below to provide you with the common vegetables for container gardening. See the chart aboveIf you want to learn about container gardening with flowers then go to this web page on our site:
A good lesson in planting flowers in containers
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