Vegetable Container Gardening for Beginners

4 Materials
5 Hours

If you don’t have enough space for a vegetable garden or if you’re present site is too small you can grow your vegetables in containers. A window sill, balcony, patio, or doorstep can also provide sufficient space for a productive container garden. Moreover, problems with soil-borne diseases, nematodes, or poor soil can also be overcome by switching to container gardening.

Step 1

Select vegetable varieties that are ideally suited for container growing.

Step 2

Select container for vegetable plants which can hold soil without spilling. It must have adequate drainage. It should be big enough to support plants when they are fully grown. It’s important to never have held products that would be toxic to plants or people. i.e. flower pots, barrels, recycled Styrofoam boxes, cut-off milk jugs, window boxes, plastic clothes baskets, pieces of drainage pipes or cinder blocks.

Step 3

Fill the containers with soilless or synthetic mixes because these are free of weed seeds, disease and hold moisture and nutrients. Don’t use soil which taken straight from the garden because it may contain too much clay.

Step 4

Plant seeds at a depth of 1 inch to 2 inches of growing media. Put a label with the name, variety, and date of planting on or in each container for easy identification. After planting, gently soak the soil with water without washing out or displacing seeds.

Step 5

If plants are grown longer than 8-10 weeks, add a water-soluble fertilizer or time-release fertilizer at the recommended rate.

Step 6

Water your plants daily or even twice daily. Installing a drip irrigation system will be helpful.

Suggested materials:

  • Soil   (Agricultural Store)
  • Plants / Seeds   (Agricultural Store)
  • Fertilzer   (Agricultural Store)
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