Vegetable Gardening In Containers

People who are small on space but big on dreams of growing their own vegetables shouldn't despair. As long as vegetables have water, sunlight, fertilizer and enough room to spread their roots, they can grow anywhere. The trick for people small on space is to figure out how best to use the space they have. Read on for tips.

Think Small

When growing vegetables in containers, try growing mini versions of favorite vegetables. Grow cherry tomatoes instead of standard tomatoes. Grow small versions of bell peppers instead of their larger cousins. Choose compact 8-ball zucchini or patty pan squash instead of their elongated counterparts. Fairy tale eggplants are a good choice instead of standard-sized eggplants, and their striped skin will add some interest to a vegetable garden.

Consider Color

Gardeners who have limited space and want to grow veggies should devote all the space they have to edibles and skip the flowers. That doesn't mean, however, that the container garden can only be a sea of green. Choose red celery, Swiss chard in a rainbow of colors, purple lettuce or purple broccoli. Let the vegetables you choose provide a rainbow of color.

Edible Flowers

That being said, gardeners who simply can't skip the flowers should choose edible ones. Container gardening is perfect for edible flowers, and not only will those flowers add more beauty to a container garden, they'll make a pretty addition to salads or even desserts. Bachelor's buttons, nasturtium and pansies are all wonderful choices.

Choose Wisely

When deciding what to grow in a container garden, consider a plant's productivity. For example, a cauliflower or cabbage plant will produce only one vegetable, while a bush cucumber or bush bean plant will provide enough food for several meals. Consider how much time and energy should be spent on a low-producing plant. Seek out vegetable plants specifically cultivated to do well in a container garden. A tomato plant that tumbles over the side of a pot is a good choice, as are bush varieties of vining plants.

Challenges of Vegetable Container Gardens

Because vegetables in containers have a smaller amount of soil than vegetables grown in the ground, the soil dries out quickly. Pay careful attention to soil moisture and water frequently. It's also important to remember that frequent watering will wash nutrients out of the drainage holes of a pot. Be sure to fertilize vegetable plants regularly, especially when the vegetables are forming.   

Talk to a company like Container Creations LLC for more information on how to grow a successful container garden.