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Vegetable Container Gardening
When outdoor space is limited try growing vegetables in containers and enjoy the healthful benefits of home grown produce.
Choose a Site for the Container Garden
- Most vegetables like plenty of sun. If it is difficult to find a sunny spot there are some vegetables that can tolerate just 3 to 6 hours of sun a day: endive, broccoli, cress, peas, beets, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, radish.
- Avoid a very windy place, especially where the wind rushes through narrow corridors between buildings. Special wind cloth can be put up to help shelter a vegetable plant from the wind.
- Have the planter in a place which can be easily reached for watering and harvesting the vegetables.
Choosing the Containers for Vegetables
- The size of containers will depend on the vegetables that are to be grown but most vegetables need a good source of well drained soil, so bigger pots are best.
- Look for old olive oil tins which can be rinsed out and have holes punched in the bottom for drainage. They give a nice Mediterranean feel.