CONTAINER VEGETABLE GARDENING
Though this post goes against my norm of indoor plants for home decor. But you can definitely do some organic farming if you have a little backyard space.
This container gardening is very soothing when it starts harvesting.
It is a joy to see our patience sprouting out so beautifully.
Container gardening and different container gardening ideas excites us all.
It makes me feel as if I can turn my home into a tiny organic farm. And what could be a better home decor than having fresh container gardens around?
Once you know how to grow your own vegetables, you will want to grow as much as varieties possible.
Growing vegetables in containers are not only easy but also a low maintenance thing.
But container vegetable gardening is not like growing some flowers, so you need to keep in mind a few points before you start.
FEW CONTAINER GARDENING TIPS
Potatoes need large containers, carrots need deep-rooted ones, cucumbers, tomatoes will go well with any wide-mouthed containers.
Container vegetable gardening ideas require good drainage too.
You know you are going to grow some vegetables, like actual farming. So, yes very good drainage of water is required.
You can add gravel or small potting rocks at the bottom to enhance the drainage.
You cannot grow vegetables in partial shade or on a window sill like indoor herb gardens which propagates in partial shades too.
While on hot summer days, vegetables prefer some shades too as too much of intense direct sunlight could be harmful. So, you need to be careful of where you are placing the pots.
We have to use some good potting soil along with regular fertilizers.
Vegetables are perfect to be grown in raised beds.
So with all the points in mind, here we go with the best vegetables that could be easily grown in containers.
12 BEST VEGETABLES FOR CONTAINER GARDENING
Growing carrots in pots is a treat to the eyes.
It is best to choose radish-shaped or mini carrots to grow in containers.
Organic carrot is a vegetable that all should try.
While choosing the container choose it to be 10-12 inches long and you will want to have as much as surface-area possible.
Chose a potting soil that is well suited for containers.
Fill the containers with soil till 3 inches and sprinkle the seeds. Cover the seeds with another handful of soil over it.
Water it to lightly set the seeds.
Soil should be kept moist but not soggy.
Place the carrot seeds with 1-2 inches of gap between them as they will need adequate nutrients and moisture.
Carrots prefer their roots to be cool and hydrated. So not a problem when grown in partial shades.
Add some organic fertilizer every 3-4 weeks.
You can harvest the carrot in 10-12 weeks of time.
A flavorful and luscious set o organic carrots are ready.
Tomatoes are among the easiest vegetable to grow but growing tomatoes in containers could be a bit challenging.
You need some really big containers to grow tomatoes. The 5-gallon buckets are suited well for this purpose.
Tomato plants need some good drainage.
If you are planting a seedling then dig deep and place it under the soil.
Just keep some leaves sticking up from the soil and pluck the ones that went into the soil.
Just planting the seeds or putting the tomato cut-outs in soil, make the plants grow from there.
A tomato plant requires some thorough watering regularly.
Do not let the soil dry. On hot summer days if you feel the water is inadequate then you can water it twice a day too.
Do check you have more drainage holes. If there is water-logging then it will make the roots rot.
Your plant will need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which is available in good potting soils.
If your potting soil does not contain the nutrients then allow some fertilizers to be added.
Tomato plants require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to grow healthy and bright.
Cucumber plants require a lot of water. So, you will need a healthy amount of potting soil to keep it moistured. As bigger the container, the more amount of water it retains.
You can also go for self-watering containers.
Growing cucumbers in containers will require the sun for 6-8 hours.
For the potting soil, you can always go for a good container mix with added fertilizers.
Or you can go for an all-rounder fertilizer.
Another easy vegetable to grow in containers.
Though, cucumbers will require some large pots to harvest well.
Scatter the cucumber seeds all over the container soil and expect to see small leaves coming up in a fortnight.
Can anything be better than having fresh garlic to cook plucking from the plant?
Growing garlic in containers will give you the strongest flavored bulbs.
You should plant garlic cloves 4-6 inches apart and in a very fertile and well-drained soil.
When you need to place the cloves 4-6 inches apart, you know you need a large surfaced container for this.
Plant the cloves with pointed ends upwards and push the blunt ends 2 inches deep in the soil.
It needs 6-8 hours of sunlight.
When leaves begin to grow, it is important to feed the garlic plants.
A tsp or two of high nitrogen fertilizer or a 10-10-10 fertilizer is recommended.
Choose a container with good drainage.
The roots of the garlic plant will rot if there is continuous water present at the roots.
Allow the soil around the bulbs to dry out frequently.
Now when the leaves are turned brown, you know it is harvesting time.
Take out the plants and allow them to dry.
Harvesting generally takes 8-9 months.
So it’s a long game, growing garlic in containers at home.
Growing radishes in containers are unlike the garlic plants as it will take only 30 days to harvest.
Radish is a fast-growing crop and grows good in containers.
Just as other organic vegetables, radishes too will require 6-8 hours of sunlight.
There are a variety of radishes.
If you choose the small and round ones, then a 6-inch container too will be able to grow it.
Although most of the varieties will require an 8-20 inches depth.
A well-composed organic soil will go with it.
Radish plant’s root should not dry out too fast or often. Roots will become fibrous. And too much of water can rot the roots. So, the container should be able to freely drain away excess water.
Just like garlic, place them 3-5 inches apart in a rectangular container and relish a bountiful of radishes.
Radish prefers cool weather.
A leafy vegetable to grow in partial shade.
Spinach leaves will not require direct sunlight all through the day and would rather grow in partial shades too in a tropical climate.
Choose a wide-mouthed container for this leafy vegetable. 6-12 inches wide should go fine.
Growing spinach in containers does not need any deep pot. A wooden crate will also do.
Place the spinach seeds or plants 3-5 inches apart. You have to give spaces for the leaves to spread out.
High-quality potting mix soil with organic matter in it should be used.
The soil should allow good drainage.
You can also grow spinach on a window sill indoors as said it will not require a lot of sunlight.
For growing healthy green leaves, you will need to add nitrogen or lots of compost or well-rotted manure.
Spinach plant should be ready in 60 days for harvesting.
You can pluck the outer leaves and leave the newer ones to grow further.
Growing peas in containers will yield smaller quantities of pea than those planted in garden plots.
But that holds true for any vegetables only.
Containers peas require a lot of water. Water it at least twice a day. Water deeply and gently through.
Due to frequent watering, the nutrients are leached out from the soil and hence a low nitrogen fertilizer is required to grow healthy peas.
Peas plants will prefer a temperature of 18-22 degrees Celcius. In short, cool conditions are preferable.
As usual for any vegetable growth, it prefers 6-8 hours of sunlight for healthy growth.
You may also provide a trellis as a pea plant is a vine.
Plant pea seeds 1 inch deep and uses fairly large containers to grow the pea plant.
The one which you probably already have as a container vegetable plant at home.
There are varieties of chilies and peppers available.
Pick your right variety and grow them in plenty.
Growing peppers in containers would require a deep-rooted container. (more than 12 inches would be better)
You can drill the holes in the containers for proper drainage.
You need to have a moist (but not water-logged) soil for growing peppers, so choose a plastic or metal container over a terra cotta one which tends to dry up fast.
Water the plant if top 1-inch soil is dry.
Use a natural organic potting mix with nutrients added.
Pepper plants like to be placed in warm and sunny conditions with 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Another vegetable with a lot of varieties.
Choose well before planting the kind of beans you would like for your kitchen.
Beans adapt well in containers.
Growing beans in containers would require a 12 inches deep bucket preferably.
Grow your beans in well-drained soil with high organic content.
Nitrogen promotes healthy and green leaves.
A 5-10-10 fertilizer is good for growing beans. Here 5 stands for nitrogen, 10 for phosphorus, and 10 for potassium.
Bean plants would require a lot of water. Check if the top 3-4 inches of soil is dry, then should water immediately.
Water them deeply, gently and thoroughly.
Growing beetroots are easy in pots.
Wide containers are well suited for small round beets to grow. Choose containers with at least 8 inches depth.
Beet is a cool-weather crop. So, ideally, it should be grown under 30 degrees Celcius.
Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 3 inches apart. Seedlings will appear in 5-15 days.
Keep it in the mild sun until the seedlings appear and do check for proper soil moisture.
Beets are best grown under full sun or a minimum of 6 hours of sun.
Soil should be penetrable as it will have to promote the development of large roots.
Water it regularly. You have to keep the soil moist but definitely be sure you are not overwatering.
Once again a 5-10-10 fertilizer will work well here or you can add a slow-release fertilizer to the potting mix.
You can also feed the plant with compost tea every alternative week.
Harvesting can be done between 50-60 days of germination.
I won’t like beet in my meals but beetroot juices are extremely nutritious and you would like to add it to your diet for regular consumption in small quantity.
One of my favorite vegetables in salads.
Why only salads, when I can put it into my burgers and wraps too.
Growing lettuce from seeds or cuttings will grow well in containers or pots.
Place the lettuce seeds at least 1-inch apart.
Make sure the container to have enough drainage. Wide-mouthed containers are preferable with at least 6 inches deep.
Lettuce grows well in full sun and in a temperature of 15-20 degrees Celcius.
It requires some light watering every day.
Keep the soil moist but for sure not waterlogged.
In 45-55 days depending on the type of variety you choose, the lettuce leaves should be ready to harvest.
Since a perishable leaf, cut as much as you need and let the young ones grow.
Cut the outer lettuce leaves 1-inch above the crown and let it keep growing healthy.
12. SQUASH/ ZUCCHINI
Yes, you do not have to run in the market to buy a fresh zucchini for noodles next time.
Have you tried zucchini cakes? Well, they taste great too.
The Zucchini plant requires a lot of space to produce healthy zucchinis.
To grow zucchini at home, a 5-gallon container should be a minimum requirement.
Zucchini have deep roots so the container should be at least 36 inches deep.
It is better if you could provide trellis here.
Commercial potting mix with peat, compost, moss is preferred.
An all-purpose fertilizer like 10-10-10 will be good for a zucchini plant.
Zucchini is a sun-loving plant that requires 6-8 hours of minimum sunlight.
Enjoy the good quality and texture of the organic zucchini.
My take on Container Vegetable Gardening
Growing vegetables in pots or containers is a relaxing exercise and it takes away our stresses.
Container gardening is the best way to keep our home green and healthy.
Container gardening ideas are not only limited to vegetables but we can grow fruits on containers too.
Grow vegetables at home, play with your containers, and have fun gardening.
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