Growing Vegetables In Pots: Basic Knowledge Is The First Step
This article is part of a series about growing vegetables in containers. In it, heres all you have to know, and learn to successfully grow herbs and fruits in a container. If growing vegetables in containers were all about growing California native plants, then all would be mini farmers happily planting in abundance.
Containers are good for growing vegetables because they allow your plants to be in their optimum environment, even when you don't have a lot of room in your yard. Containers are great for growing vegetables because they are compact and usually won't take up much extra room when you are planning on moving them around. And while you are planning on moving them around, you can water them, refill constantly, without having to worry about soil temperature and the like. But if you do not have a place to put your containers, that does not mean that you have to be limited to plastic plants.
I have always been a fan of container vegetable gardening. It is an extremely efficient way of growing vegetables if done properly. Container vegetable gardening is also very easy. If you follow some simple steps, it can be surprisingly easy to have a beautiful garden in the late spring of even the driest of summers.
One thing that I learned early on in my vegetable gardening career is the importance of irrigation. With a traditional garden, if you do not get the proper rainfall, the roots will go thirsty and die. If you don't get the proper watering, your plants may not get the nutrients that they need to grow. When you are planting in a container, it is easy to monitor the water that you are giving your plants. And with a container, you can move your plants from one spot to another very easily.
Another key tip for growing vegetables in containers is to make sure that the soil is well-drained. The soil in most pots must be well-irrigated and enriched with compost to help hold the moisture in. If you wait until the last minute to fill up your pots every month, you may find that your soil is so depleted of nutrients that it will need a long time to recover. If you plant your seeds just a few weeks before the first frost, you can get all of the nutrients that you need in the soil and the resulting plant will be very healthy.
Another thing that I have found helpful when growing vegetables in containers is to have my seeds available when the weather is cold. I like to store my seeds in a cool, dark place such as a cupboard or a refrigerator door. In order for your seeds to germinate, you need moisture. If you store your seeds in a container that has no moisture in it, they will not grow. It is important for you to take good care of the soil in which your plants are growing, in order for them to grow healthy.
After the weather warms up, you can start planting your vegetables in the pots. When you have a harvest ready to be harvested, you can pull your plants out of their pots and move them to a warm place, like your back yard. The harvest wilms down very quickly, but this is the perfect time to move the plants indoors to a climatically controlled area of your house. This prevents your plants from having to deal with a harsh frost that could affect their health and crops.
Once you understand the basics of container gardening, you can enjoy an entire garden season with no worries about whether your plants will survive the rigors of being in containers or if you will be able to harvest your crops. Many people choose to grow vegetables in containers because of the freedom that it provides. There are many different varieties of plants that can be grown successfully in pots. You might even be surprised at how quickly you are able to harvest your crops after learning the basics of growing vegetables in containers. You might even find that this is a way that you begin gardening full-time, should you desire to do so.