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Container Gardening


Grow your Vegetables in a Container

Container gardening is a modern trend in city gardening. Container gardening is the solution to limited space or no access to a big garden to grow your own vegetables, herbs or flowers. Here is a quick and easy way to get a container gardening system up and running to suit your limited requirements and lifestyle. This will ensure that you can have veggies, herbs and fresh flowers on hand at your convenience.

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How to Start Container Gardening at Home

  • Choose a container, as deep and wide as you need, depending on what you want to grow and how much space you have.
  • Place medium sized stones every couple of inches to help with drainage at the bottom of the container.
  • Find the best affordable source of potting soil and compost.
  • Once you have the containers, stones, pebbles and compost, you can begin to arrange them in preparation for planting.
  • Remember to use vertical space. Utilize hanging baskets and wall fixtures to maximize the space you have available.
  • Now you are ready to begin selecting the flowers, herbs or veggies you would like to grow in your container garden.
  • You may want to grow some of the plants from seed yourself or simply get seedling from a local nursery.
  • Peas and climbing beans need to be staked. When selecting stakes for peas, make sure that they are branched, as peas do not like to grow on straight up poles.
  • To shake things up, use companion planting to get the best vegetables.
  • A good range of vegetable seedlings that can be grown in containers include lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, onion, cherry tomato, bean and pea.
  • A variety of herbs that thrive in pots include parsley, chives, garlic chives, fennel, mint, thyme, creeping thyme, oregano and marjoram.
  • A good selection of flower seedlings to grow in containers include begonia, chrysanthemum, daffodil, geranium, impatiens, marigold, pansy, petunia, snapdragon and tulips.
  • In twenty-one days you can be eating radish, and the other crops follow along shortly afterward.

Warning when using Plastic Containers

Container gardening can be tricky when it comes to using containers to grow the garden. If possible, try not to use a plastic container to grow your produce. Plastic chemicals leak into the soil and penetrate into the produce. Material that are safe to use are clay pots, woven straw containers or cardboard box (don't use the cardboard with any plastic sealing on it).
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