Growing your own vegetables is a fun, easy way to enhance your outdoor living
space, and your cooking! Fresh, homegrown produce is a fantastic addition to any
meal. But what is the best way to do this without actually putting plants in the
ground? Use containers!
Pick a Spot that’s Just Right
Most vegetables do best with about 6 hours of direct sun per day. More disease-
prone plants such as tomatoes and peppers usually stay healthier when they are
placed in an area with plenty of air circulation.
If you’re in a colder climate, you should start with your containers near a wall that
faces toward the south, so they can get as much sun as possible. Conversely, if
you’re in a warmer climate you should keep your plants away from concrete, as this
can cause the plants to become too warm. You can always plant in containers that
are easily moved so you can place your plants to give them their best chance.
Choose a Good Container
Most vegetables really don’t care what type of container they are put into, as long as
they have enough room. Drainage holes are also very important. Generally, the
bigger the pot, the better it is. Larger pots hold more water and don’t have to be
watered as often. Look for containers that are at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches
deep. A 5-gallon bucket will work for most plants, if you’re not going for aesthetics.
Finding a Good Soil for Your Containers
Your plants may not care about their container, but they definitely care about their
potting soil. You can get specially formulated potting soil that’s made for container
gardens. Talk to the people at your local nursery for recommendations.
Alternatively, you can easily make your own potting mix my mixing together equal
parts of peat moss, potting soil, and vermiculite, perlite, or clean sand.
Planting Your Vegetables
Simply put, you just plant them the same way you would in a regular garden. Be
sure they are spaced out so that the plants will have ample room to grow. Things
that tend to do well in containers are:
Beets: Direct seed into a 2- to 5-gallon window box.
Broccoli: One transplant per 5-gallon container.
Cabbage: One transplant per 5-gallon container. Or with small varieties, one
plant per gallon container.
Carrots: Direct seed into a 2- to 5-gallon deep container. Thin to 3 inches
Green Beans: Sow directly into a 5-gallon window box.
Lettuce: Direct seed or transplant into 1-gallon or larger container.
Onion: Direct seed into 1-gallon or large container. Thin to 2 inches between
Peas: Direct seed into 5-gallon container. Grow taller varieties on a trellis.
Pepper: Two transplants per 5-gallon container.
Radishes: Direct seed into 2-gallon or larger container. Thin to 3 inches apart.
Spinach: Direct seed into 1-gallon or larger container. Thin to 3 inches apart.
Tomatoes: Transplant one plant per 5-gallon container.
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