Eggplants, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, beans and peppers do well in pots (Google / Tips for Garden)

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Desert Vegetable Gardening – Choosing the right plants for the container garden

The most popular hobby that has lately caught on is container gardening. An increase of urban populating living in confined spaces of the city has very little scope for gardening. Admittedly there are some plants that do not thrive in containers as well as they do in the great outdoors but there are many that do well. The choices available need to be studied. Herb growing in containers has become very popular. The hobby is no longer confined to those interested only in health food or cooking experts. There is a rustic tone about being able to pluck fresh herbs right from the window sill of the kitchen just at the time when the wok is hot and ready. For beginners, herbs are a good way to make a debut into the wonders of container gardening. These are very easy to grow and do not need extra large containers. The best growing ones are basil, chives, mint and or thyme. It is necessary to remember that herbs require good doses of sunshine and the soil has to be moist. Extra water might lead to drains getting clogged causing the roots to wither out and die. It is fairly simple to grow vegetables in containers. It requires the correct soil mixture, the right amount of watering and the proper container. All vegetable do not thrive well in containers. For instance potatoes are not for pots as they need plenty of space to spread out underground. But there are others like eggplants, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, beans and peppers that do well in pots.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.