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How to Start a Container Vegetable Garden: Basic Tips

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Want to know how to start a container vegetable garden?

I’ve always a fan of recycling; I often thought of it as my own way of contributing towards a cleaner and greener environment for the future generations. Now, I had these empty cans and plastic bottles just lying about in the corner. Then I thought, wow, these can really be good containers for my plants! So I created plant containers out of these plastic bottles and cans and planted some seeds on them. Now, I’m having my share of fresh vegetables from recycled cans and bottles. So, in this article, I am going to show how to start a container vegetable garden successfully, as what I have done. Read on and know more!

With some thought of growing bushes or dwarf sorts, just about any vegetable can also be tailored to grow in a pot. Although you want your vegetables to grow big, if you grow it in a big pot with a lot of soil and water, it will develop well and reward you with plenty. Vegetables that occupy just a little space, like carrots, radishes, and lettuce, or plants that bear fruits over a long interval of time, like tomatoes and peppers, are perfect for container vegetable gardens.

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What you can grow in a container vegetable garden is constrained by the size of the container and depends on your creativeness. Sometimes, vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, chives and parsley grow good together and have the equal water and sunlight requirements. By late summer time they might not be very lovely, but they will continue producing into the fall. This makes a great housewarming gift, too.

Choose Your Containers

Because your vegetable plants will probably be making the containers their home for the season, you may want to start them off well. Ensure that there is enough area for them to grow into the container and choose soil and containers with care.

Containers on your vegetable gardens may be anything: flower pots, pails, buckets, wire baskets, bushel baskets, wooden boxes, planters, washtubs, plastic bags, food cans, or any other alternatives.

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Consider Drainage

No matter what kind of container you decide on for your vegetable garden, it should have holes at the base or within the backside, to permit drainage of extra water. Vegetables will die if left sitting in wet soil.

Take Note of Color

You should watch out when you use darkish colored containers outdoors due to the fact that they absorb heat which might possibly injure the plant roots.

If you do use darkish coloured pots, try painting them with a lighter colour or shading.

Take Note of Container Size

The dimension of the container is important. For larger veggies like tomatoes and eggplants, you can use a five-gallon container for each plant. You may grow these plants in two-gallon containers; nonetheless, you have to provide the vegetables with more water.

Soil and Fertilizer

You may use potting mixes in your container vegetable garden. Mixes containing peat and vermiculite are great. They’re moderately sterile and pH adjusted. Additionally, they enable the plants to get adequate air and water. Mixing compost to 2 parts of planting mix will improve soil fertility.

Making use of a healthy fertilizer at planting will supply your veggies with nutrients for the entire growing season.

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Pots and containers invariably require more frequent watering than plants grown on the backyard.

When the season progresses and your plants mature, their roots will develop and require more water. Don’t wait until you see the plants wilting. See your containers every day to judge the necessity for water.


Wind is usually a real hazard for any container-grown plant, and tall vegetables like tomatoes or trellised cucumber and squash end up too heavy as they produce fruits.

You may change the locations of your containers so that they won’t be in a windy region. A breeze will furnish good air circulation and prevent fungal diseases, but a robust wind can topple plants and containers and might also shred leaves and dislodge fruits. It may be useful to furnish some form of wind block.

This is how to start a container vegetable garden the good way. If you need more infos or more help, book one of our Online Garden Expert.

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