If you don’t have access to grow vegetables in your backyard then no need to get upset, you can still grow them in containers. Most of the vegetables can adapt easily to container gardening. If you want to have a compact, space saver and bush type vegetable plant then you will get most of the vegetables in that form. It includes carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, radish, pepper, egg plant, cucumber, squash, green beans etc.
Tips to Grow Vegetables in Containers
There are different types of containers now available in market like gallon cans, bushel baskets, wooden boxes, wire baskets, pails, washtubs, flower pots, window planters, plastic bags, etc. Depending up on the crops that you have chosen the size of the pot also varies. A ten inch size pot can hold parsley and green onion while a 5 gallon container will be enough for egg plant, tomatoes etc.
There must be enough drainage facility on the pot otherwise it may spoil your crop by water accumulation. The drainage holes are perfect on the sides of the pot and of about Â¼ to Â½ inch height from the base. In order to provide good drainage you can add coarse gravel of about 1 inch height on the bottom of the pot.
For container farming the synthetic potting soils serves the best. This synthetic mixes includes wood chips, sawdust, perlite, peat moss, vermiculite etc. this mixture will help you t hold moisture better than the normal soil. It also holds nutrients well and provides good drainage also. They will be pH adjusted and sterile too. You can mix one part compost with two parts of potting mixture and this helps you to improve the fertility. Fill the 34th height of the container with this mixture.
The best practice to grow vegetables on containers is to seed them in separate trays and transplant the plants when they attain three to four leaf stages. Transplanting should be done with utmost care to avoid any damage to the roots.
Container plants require more frequent watering when compared to the ground planted plants. Hence daily check the moisture content in your pot and water it as per the need.
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