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Growing Vegetables in Pots

Advantages of Container Gardens tomato-success-kit.jpg

            One of the great things, quite often overlooked, about container gardening, is how pots and planters are able to extend your gardening season. By lifting your garden off the ground, the soil becomes warmer faster, giving you a jump start on your gardening season. Accordingly, giving your vegetables more time to develop and ripen allowing for robust tomato plants or pepper gardens.

            Growing vegetables in a container also allows for one to account for limited space. This allows anyone to grow either on their porch, their kitchen, or on a even on a balcony railing.  This is great for more urban gardeners wanting to develop their passion for gardening while limited by their dwelling size.

            Using pots and planters to host your vegetables has another significant advantage. When using purchased soil, fertilizer and potting mixes you are able to avoid threatening soil borne diseases that exist in ground soil. By hedging your bets, more often than not, you are allotted a greater chance of producing healthy and vibrant vegetables in a container.

Potting Soil, Fertilizers & Mixes

                Providing the appropriate fertilizer mix is a game changer when assuring your vegetables receive adequate nutritients. Using a potting soil with a good fertilizer mix will allow for adequate vegetable nutrition for up to ten weeks. Additionally, it can be quite benificial to occassionally sumplement your vegetable gardens with either compost or with some effective and nutritional plant food.

Reccomended Depths for Different Vegetables

            An important consideration when planting a container vegetable garden is allowing for approriate depth of the planter to reflect root growth. For most plants a 10” depth will be sufficient. When planting herbs less is needed while when planting vegetables with deeper roots  including peppers, carrots and the like require a planter depth of 12" might be more appropriate. This allows for a certain amount of soil space for roots to grow and thrive allowing for healthier vegetable gardens.

elevated-wedge-planter-04201.1387907643.1280.1280.jpg Elevated Gardens & Raised Beds

            Perhaps the most efficient containers for growing vegetables are raised beds and elevated gardens. The typical advantages of container gardens are maintained in these planters.  However, their effect is amplified by their unique size increasing their use as plant protectors. For instance a durable elevated vegtrug trough planter is the perfect combination of size and durability to  maximize your vegetable yield. Additionally as opposed to typical planting pots, elevated gardens and raised beds allow for greater room for a larger and bountiful vegetable gardens that can  cater to a comprehensive array of different vegetables.

 Grow Vegetables Indoors

            Most people’s reason for indulging in a container garden is allowing for their gardening passions to enter their home. The question then remains, what are the ample conditions for  indoor gardening? The answer lies in sunlite. Most vegetables need about six hours of sunlite a day for a proper growth pattern. That is vital. Aditionally allowing for proper water drainage is  paramount in avoiding root rot that can potentially threaten your vegetables health. To avoid water stains the addition of a planter saucer is a simple solution. Accordingly, the typical soil and watering conditions still apply. For an extra efficient indoor vegetable planter  try out a system of planters with planter lights.  

 Vegetable Grow Bags

                An increasingly popular form of vetable container gardening is the use of grow bags. By using fabric grow bags instead of traditional cermaic, metal, plastic or wooden planters the  vegetables’  roots gain greater exposure to oxygen.This allows for healthier vegetable growth and, potentially, a more satisfying vegetable yeild. Some of the most popular are specialized tomato grow bags, potato grow bags and pepper grow bags.

 Container Vegetable Gardening

                Whether growing tomatos, potatos or peppers, pots and planters are a formidable alternative to traditional in ground gardening.  While there are many different kinds including raised  beds, elevated gardens, traditional flower pots and specific grow bags, each has a unique capacity for creating lush and fertile vegetable gardens. By allowing you to grow fresh and organic produce right from your porch, balcony, deck, patio, indoor or outdoor setting, container garderning is the perfect adaptable and versatile vegetable gardening solution.