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Container Gardening

by Dontel Montelbaun (Live for Gardening)

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Whether you are the type of person who’s into organic gardening or just gardening in general, container gardening offers many benefits to those who love gardening but just don’t have the space for a large garden plot. Taking a look at vegetable gardening specifically, therefore potted vegetables, we can see that there is a definite right way to grow these crops

The Right Process for Growing Potted Vegetables

Whether you are the type of person who’s into organic gardening or just gardening in general, container gardening offers many benefits to those who love gardening but just don’t have the space for a large garden plot. Taking a look at vegetable gardening specifically, therefore potted vegetables, we can see that there is a definite right way to grow these crops.

Firstly, when it comes to the types of vegetables one can grow when container gardening, the options are many. For instance, one can grow lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, beans, potatoes and even crops such as squash, just to name a few.

The first gardening tip to remember for properly growing potted vegetables is to allow for suitable drainage of the plants. Regardless of the actual container, so long as adequate drainage holes are provided for the plant anything should thrive. With this in mind, we can see that suitable objects for container gardening are coffee cans, wood boxes and even buckets. Staying in line with providing proper drainage for the potted vegetables, it can also be helpful to raise the plant off the ground.

The second gardening tip for proper container gardening with vegetables is to ensure that the location of the plants allows for proper sunlight, as well as ensures protection from the wind. Both of these elements can quickly dry out a plant grown in a container. An interesting gardening tip that has recently come to light is to ensure that your smallest plants are positioned in front of the larger ones.

As always, you want to also ensure that you are watering your potted vegetables often, constantly feeling the soil to see if it is damp or dry. If you want to become really active in your container gardening experience, you will ensure that you are moving your plants away from direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. You may also consider placing the plants overtop of a shallow tray so that it can slowly draw water through its roots. Further, you will also ensure that plants are moved closer to your house when bad weather approaches.

It is obvious that when it comes to container gardening, we need to ensure that we are vigilant and involved in monitoring the needs of our plants in order to ensure they thrive.

This post was written by Rick Janess, a gardening enthusiast who is a major fan of container gardening and a regular contributor at www.livetogarden.com

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