Potted Vegetable Garden
The Best thing about a potted vegetable garden you don’t need a lot of space to harvest your own fresh home grown vegetables.
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You can grow almost any vegetable in pots, and there is a range of varieties that are perfectly suited to the smaller garden.
4 Simple Steps To Success With Your Potted Vegetable Garden
Remember that pots are portable, so they can be moved into other areas from season to season.
· Step 1 - sunlight. Most crops need at least 5 to six hours a day.
· Step 2 - It is important to use a good potting soil that has good structure and drainage.
A wetting agent and water storage granules can be added to reduce the need for water.
A granulated fertiliser can be added to support initial growth for your potted vegetable garden.
Or one of the good organic potting mixes could be used.
· Step 3 - When Pots are exposed to full sun they will dry out quickly.
You must keep a eye on moisture in your pots.
· Step 4 – Mulch it will help to reduce evaporation and the need for frequent watering.
Thought needs to be given to the types of container that is going to be used.
If you a have a larger space then arranging pots in groups works very well.
If the garden is limited, using several larger pots will maximise the space more effectively than lots of smaller ones.
The size and depth of the container
This will determine the type of vegetables that can be grown.
As a rough guide, when planting shallow rooted vegetables, like lettuces a depth of at about 20 to 25 cm is needed.
Key Note- As tempting as it is to fit as many plants as possible into a pot, it is much better to allow some space for development.
When growing larger crops like tomatoes or capsicums, they will need a depth of about 30 to 40 cm.
Dwarf or baby varieties of beetroot and carrots do well in pots.
Large pots provide a perfect opportunity to consider planting combinations.
Herbs are a natural companion to vegetables, and they can introduce some wonderful flavours, colours and textures into the container garden. Edible flowers are perfect as well.
The leaves and flowers of the Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus are great used in salads. Try cheese, vegemite and nasturtium leaves in a sandwich!
With all the watering, nutrients are quickly leached from containers, so vegetables growing in pots need to be liquid fed regularly.
Leafy vegetables like lettuce and silver beet will benefit from good nitrogen based liquid food.
High Phosphate and potassium fertiliser will promote good crops in fruit and root vegetables like beetroot, capsicum and tomato.
So if you have limited space why not try a potted vegetable garden.
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