Container Vegetable Gardening and Using Small Spaces
Yes even with ‘container vegetable gardening’ all gardeners who grow vegetables need to plan out what they’re going to grow each season, and where they’re going to grow it. To some extent, this is easier for container growers. At least until you’ve filled up all the available floor space, because you can always add another container or two.
Table of Content
1. Container Vegetable Gardening Getting Started
2. Growing Vegetables in Pots
3. Indoor Container Vegetable Gardening
4. Growing on a Balcony
5. Gardening for Small Vegetable Growers
6. Successful Container Vegetable Gardening
Container Vegetable Gardening Getting Started
If you haven’t grown vegetables and fruit in containers before, your plan needs to be a bit more comprehensive. You have to decide not what you’re going to grow, but which containers to use.
In most cases, this will involve scouring through catalogs online to find suitable ones. Ornamental containers are all very well for decorative plants, but you need a good depth of soil to get a decent crop.
Some vegetable crops really won’t like being grown in a pot or whatever you’ve chosen to grow them. For example, Brussels sprouts and other cabbage relatives with a long growing season.
Others such as corn have water requirements which are difficult to keep up with unless you invest in an automatic watering system. Corn is also wind pollinated, which might be another problem.
Still others are so hungry that even in the open ground they are voracious feeders – think of the standard preparation for runner beans. This involves digging a trench in the fall and filling it with all the old shredded newspapers, vegetative kitchen and garden waste from then until the beans are planted out in late spring.
Automatic watering is a great idea anyway as containers do dry out quite a bit more quickly. Particularly if you grow hungry crops pots, especially those with a long season. You will probably need to use fertilizers, and I for one would prefer not to eat chemicals with my dinner.
For me, the whole point of growing my own veg is to avoid toxins.
Another solution for hungry crops is to use the really large containers sold as instant raised beds.
These are big enough so that you can put lots of compost in for the hungriest plants and expect it to last sufficiently long to produce a decent crop.
Make a list of the crops you’d like to grow in your container and then work out how much space you need for each.
Growing Vegetables in Pots
You can see if you have enough of the right containers. Buy a few more in if you need to at the same time as placing your seed order.
Clever Vertical Herb Gardens That Will Grow a LOT of Herbs in a Small Space!
No more excuses! If you’ve always wanted an herb garden but thought you didn’t have the space, then today is your lucky day! These clever herb garden ideas take advantage of the vertical space you have outdoors that is going unused so you can grow an herb garden just about anywhere. If you have sunny wall, then a leaning herb garden ladder will give you all you need to spice up your cooking.
Now is a good time to place your order for seeds as many seed suppliers have offers this time of year.
They should arrive in time for you to start some of them off under cover ready to plant them out as soon as the weather is good enough.
Indoor Container Vegetable Gardening
If you are an apartment dweller, look to your patio and balcony to offer the perfect place to start your indoor ‘container vegetable gardening’. Herbs can be grown indoors easily as well.
An added benefit to indoor container vegetable gardening is you can do this all year!
You may raise an eyebrow or two at this suggestion, but it can be done, within limits.
Certainly pumpkins, squash, and sweet corn are not going to be items grown inside the average home.
But, many leafy crops, root crops, tomatoes, and other vegetables can be grown indoors during the cold months of the year.
You don’t need a large outdoor garden to enjoy growing fresh vegetables.
Growing on a Balcony
Container gardening is great because you can position your containers for the best light exposure and best growing conditions.
Although vegetable production will be limited by the number and the size of your containers, indoor container gardening vegetables can be very rewarding.
An app can help introduce newbies to the garden. But the real rewards are in the dirt.
Some children garden at the knee of their parents or grandparents, and by the time they are young adults and ready to start their own plant adventures, a lot of the horticulture comes naturally. But such lucky people are thinner on the ground than in previous generations, I suspect, even though there has never been a more urgent time to introduce younger folks to the power of the plant kingdom, given the issues of climate change.
So, let’s get started with a plan for your vegetable harvest for this year!
Here are a few vegetables to consider for indoor growing: Hungarian Sweet Peppers, Cherry tomatoes, Short Vined Cucumbers and Squash, ‘Gypsy’ Peppers, Radishes, Endive, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Miniature Cabbage, Eggplant, Leaf Lettuce, Chives, Bush Beans Green Onions and most any Herb.
Planning your garden is one of the most important parts of container gardening vegetables.
You can have hanging baskets, pots, and planters filled with various crops that will do fairly well if lighting, pollinating, watering, fertilizing, and temperature requirements are met.
Decide what pots you want to use and then choose your soil carefully.
Gardening for Small Vegetable Growers
Soil-less mixes like peat-lite are usually too light for container gardening vegetables and will not support plant roots effectively.
But indoor gardening soil is different from regular garden soil, so inquire at your local nursery as to the best soil for your container gardening.
Preparing your garden soil for planting is the most physically demanding part of vegetable gardening and may also be the most important part.
Next, you need to decide whether you will be starting your vegetables from seed or from started plants.
If you are new to gardening, starting vegetables from seed may be too huge an undertaking, instead purchase plants.
Successful Container Vegetable Gardening
Successful vegetable gardening involves far more than just popping a few seeds into the ground and waiting for a tomato to appear.
Even if you start with a small existing plant, you will have the joy of tending, nurturing, and stacking your growing vegetables.
Added to the pleasure of vegetable container gardening will be the satisfaction derived from eating your vegetables fresh.
Learning is a process, gardening needs time.
Indoor gardening might not be quite the same as growing the same plants outdoors. But it can be fun to tend an indoor vegetable garden when the snows are blowing and the winds are roaring outdoors!
Your family and friends will be delighted and surprised when your serve that salad with the green onions and cherry tomatoes. Then they discover that you harvested them that day while you were indoor ‘container vegetable gardening’!