Growing fresh vegetables not only constitutes a relaxing hobby, but it also provides good food that is both nutritious and fulfilling. There’s just something quite enjoyable about planting, tending, nurturing and reaping your very own vegetables from a garden.
However, if you’ve moved into a rental that has very little space, such as an apartment or condo, or one which does not permit digging up the lawn area for a garden plot then you are limited on fresh produce options. Don’t despair! Vegetable gardens can be successfully grown in pots which fit nicely into small spaces. You simply have to adapt to a different way of raising these luscious vegetable providers.
Pick Your Pots
The first step in creating a vegetable pot garden is to acquire the pots, which isn’t a difficult task since pots come in a large variety of kinds and sizes and aren’t very expensive. You can either find them at specialty gardening stores, or in large department stores which have gardening centers.
However, don’t just pick out any pot. Stick with clay pots which are porous and allow the soil to “breathe” and absorbs water. You should also try to purchase pots which have a small hole in the bottom to allow excess water to escape. If you do use cans or plastic containers, poke holes in the bottoms and don’t water as often as they will hold water longer.
The size of the pots you purchase will depend on what kind of plants you want to grow and how big they get. How many pots you buy will depend on the amount of space you have to work with.
Besides pots, you’ll need to gather potting soil, starter plants or seeds, a watering can and a bucket of stones about the size of quarters. Although not necessary, purchasing a common plant fertilizer, such as Miracle Grow for vegetables, will boost the size and health of your plants causing them to produce greater yields.
Place a couple layers of stones in the bottom of each pot. Doing this allows better water drainage and keeps it from pooling in the bottom of the pot. Since pots are contained areas, water can easily build up and drown the plant.
Next, add the potting soil and either plant the seeds according to packet instructions, or gently place and pack in starter plants. Give your new babies a good drink of water and place them in their new home.
You will need to pay close attention to potted vegetables as they can be easily over or under watered. However, if you take good care of your potted vegetables they will soon provide you with platters of delicious, fresh produce, all from your backyard, patio or balcony.