I remember my grandpa working in his vegetable garden when I was a kid, not really understanding any of the benefits. At that time I tough I wouldn’t ever have an interest in gardening before I retired, but now, with still many years to achieve that milestone, I’ve discovered my passion for gardening.
With the rising cost of food as well as the amount of chemicals being used to grow produce, I’ve realized the convenience and the fun too, of home gardening. And the best part is that it doesn’t require the amount of work, space, and money that many think it does.
People who live in urban areas and small apartments tend to believe they cannot grow their own vegetable gardening, but this is simple not true. While you cannot get the same amount of produce that people in the farm can harvest, it is totally possible to produce a good amount of your favorite vegetables for your consumption trough container gardening.
One of the greatest things about container gardening is that it doesn’t take a lot of space. All it takes is a place to keep your containers, potting soil and water. Here are some container vegetable gardening ideas that you can use to start producing your own vegetables.
- Patio Containers – the most popular containers for outdoor flowers, plants and vegetables. They are available in a range of colours, sizes, and materials. Common materials are plastic, terra cota, wood and stone. From all of the options, plastic is the most popular option as the material heat and cool quickly so plant roots and microorganism don’t damage as easily when in a sunny location.
- Living Wall Containers – planters that are attached to a vertical space. These pots can be used to grow medium plants and are the ideal for space-challenged homes.
- Window Box Containers – pots that are suspended under windows. There are ideal for planting herbs and small vegetables.
In addition to deciding which of the container vegetable gardening ideas best suit your needs, there are also other factors that you will need to keep in mind when buying your vegetable containers. One of them is the depth of the containers. Make sure the container you choose offers enough depth for root growth (vegetables need space for the roots to establish). A container with 18-24cm is often ideal for the roots to access water and nutrient in the soil.
Also, think twice before selecting a container that is too big as once filled with soil and water, it will be quite heavy and difficult to move. Smaller planters can be easily moved around a small space so they can stay in the sun between seasons.
Self-watering containers are an amazing choice to improve vegetable growth. These containers come with a water reservoir at the bottom of the pot that allows moisture to be continuously drawn up to the root zone. In other words, the plants get just as the amount of water they need to thrive.
Drainage is another important factor to consider, as it is vital for plant’s health. A container must have a good drainage to allow water to pass through the potting mix.
Follow these tips and you will have just the right containers in hands to grow healthy, delicious vegetables.