Growing vegetables in containers can be fun and easy, even for the city gardener. So many of us live in apartments and condominiums in a metropolitan area, it is easy to think that growing vegetables is out of the question. This is not true at all. You can become a container gardener and grow your own organic food right on your patio or balcony.
Choose a set of containers for growing vegetables by thinking the adult plant size. Choose clay pots or ceramics, but make certain that good drainage can be provided. Choose your vegetables according to the climate zone in which you reside and select those which are disease and pest resistant. You’ll find many varieties of commonly grown vegetables available at your local garden center or plant nursery.
When you bring the containers home, soak them in clear, clean water for 24 hours to prepare the containers for planting. This helps prevent the clay or ceramic pots from soaking up water needed by the vegetable plants.
If you are planting seeds, follow the package directions. It is much faster, however, if you purchase young plants from the garden center. This allows you to plant the young, tender plants directly into organic soil you have purchased or made in your own compost container.
If you live in a house with back yard and have the choice to plant outdoors, you can use the same techniques for growing vegetables in containers to allow you to extend the growing season. In fact, you can grow vegetables all year long by growing in containers indoors.
Water your container vegetable garden as needed, keeping the soil moist at a depth of one inch. To test, simply stick your finger into the soil up to the first knuckle and if the soil is moist, wait a couple of days before applying water. If the soil feels dry, it is time to add water. This is an easy way to test your vegetables, but if you wish, you can purchase a moisture meter from any garden center that can provide more accurate information on when to water your container vegetable garden.
As your vegetables mature, you may need to add stakes or cages around some of the taller plants. For example, some types of beans require staking, as well as tomatoes. You may even find that adding a stake to your corn plants will help them withstand winds and rain much better.