Thursday, August 6, 2009

Container Gardening

Container gardening is popular among those living in apartments or for those who otherwise have limited yard space. Container gardening is a way to have fresh vegetables during the summer without using
much outdoor space. The only things you need for successful container gardening is some containers, soil, sun and a few garden seeds or plants.

Start with the containers, which can range from expensive decorative flower pots to old plastic dish pans. The containers just need to be stable enough to hold soil, deep enough for garden plant roots to grow in and have a drainage hole in the bottom.

Fill your containers with a professional planting mix or make your planting mixture yourself using 1/3 sand, 1/3 loam and 1/3 compost.

You can start your container gardening project with vegetable seeds or plants. If it's early in the growing season, garden seeds are much cheaper than garden plants, but if you want fast results, chose garden plants.

When you purchase plants for your container garden, look for garden plants that are green and have healthy foliage. By pass any garden plants that are withered.

Plant you garden plants (or seeds) and place them in an outdoor location that will receive plenty of sunlight, yet be protected from the wind. An apartment patio, porch or rooftop is the ideal location for container gardening.

Water your young garden plants thoroughly and protect them from direct sunlight for the first few days. The garden plants still need sunlight, just not direct sunlight. The garden plants need a couple of days to recover from the shock of planting and adjust to their new soil home.

Check your container garden daily for soil moisture. Container gardening will require diligent watering, since container soil will dry out faster the ground level soil.

Most garden vegetables are suitable for container gardening. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, onions and lettuce are some of the popular, easy to grow vegetables for container gardening. Hybrid bush varieties of vegetables are more compact and better suited for container gardening than traditional varieties.

Limited outdoor space doesn't mean you can't have fresh garden vegetables, give container gardening a try.

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