Vegetable container gardening has many useful advantages. In this edition on Grow-stuff , we discuss each specific type of containers you can utilize for your home gardening experience.
Types of Containers for vegetable gardening
Each one of these listed, are great choices for your garden. From the list about, each item has it’s advantages, disadvantages, characteristics, and style. It is up to you as the gardener to make the call on which one is right for you.
Lets take a closer look
When you look at vegetable container gardening clay, and terra cotta look nice, but tend to dry out quicker than most other containers. This requires more attention to watering, and frequent check-ins on your plants health. One of ways you can reduce the drying affect with these specific containers is to, line the container with plastic before filling with soil. Remember to always make sure your containers have proper drainage.
An even closer look at container varieties
- Plastic Potters– are much lighter than clay, which comes in handy when moving the pots around
- Metal Containers– for a more contemporary look, these containers offer warmth for your plants year round and are considered frost proof
- Wooden Planters– these look great, but do not have as long of a lifespan. Eventually the wood rots, leaving you with a mess to clean up and quite the eye sore.
Choosing the right size
With containers, you want to choose the appropriate size for your specific needs. Root vegetables will need a much deeper container, whereas herbs and lettuces only need a shallow soil to work with. Research on each one of your plants is always a best practice. Take the time to learn about what it is that you are growing, and what each plant likes or dislikes.
For your vegetables, it is best to use a light potting soil mix. Good quality mix will promote stronger growth, and improve overall quality of your plants (this includes flavor). Change out your soil mixtures every couple years, also making sure to check soil quality at the start of each season. Remember to rotate your crops- tomatoes and other vegetables steal nutrients from the soil and can also contaminate the mix.
Picking the best spot for your vegetable container garden
Choose carefully where you would like to place your containers. Avoid areas with heavy winds, or extreme exposure to the elements (these can both dry out your plants quickly). Keep in mind that vegetable plants dislike heavy shade.
- Look for frost proof rather than frost resistant
- Avoid over or under watering
- Keep drainage in a good state
- Check soil quality
- Always research each plant you wish to grow
- Protect from extreme climate swings including wind
- Never over or under water- this can lead to cracks in your vegetables