Vegetable container gardening tips
Now that you have a list of vegetables that are suitable for container gardens, here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin to plant and harvest your own.
Support your taller climbing vegetables
Vegetables differ in terms of their needs and their size. For vegetables that are on the taller end or are climbing vegetables, be sure to support them with the space they need to grow with trellises, stakes or twine.
Many of these forms of support can easily be DIY’d on your own. Doing this will avoid damaging the plant or their roots.
Choose a proper sized container
When growing your vegetables in a container garden, or any plant for that matter, ensuring that they are the right size is key so that you don’t disrupt their roots or growth. When you support your vegetables with the right container, the better they will grow.
If you’re unsure of what size to choose for the vegetable you are growing, a rule of thumb to follow is that most vegetables will need at least 12 inches of soil to grow while larger vegetables will require more space.
Water as early and deeply possible
Container vegetables should be watered early in the day. This will allow your vegetables to have enough moisture to get through midday hours when the temperature and sun are more harsh.
This will also ensure that by nighttime, the leaves of your vegetables are dry which could prevent the spread of disease.
Use soils formulated for containers
Healthy soil is key to growing healthy vegetables in container gardens. Contrary to popular belief, it’s best to refrain from using garden soil for your container vegetables.
Instead, use soiless potting mix that is formulated for container use. This soil will create a quick-draining, lightweight environment for your vegetables and will prevent disease or pests.
Place pots in an area that get full sun
In order to maximize your harvest to the fullest potential, place your pots in an area that gets full sun. Greens like lettuce and spinach can do well with less sunlight, whereas fruiting plants require a bit more sun throughout the day.
Additionally, wherever you place your pots, be sure that they’re in a place that you can easily access to water them as well.