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The size of a container for vegetables

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Container size for growing vegetables

Growing vegetables in containers makes growing food accessible to most people, even those without a yard.

I answered gardening questions from viewers of the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel recently in my “Ask Shirley” gardening segment.

Teresa Martin of Oklahoma wrote:

I’ve seen container gardening and want to know how much dirt do you need to grow veggies?
Does it matter? What can you grow in containers?

REPLY:

You can grow lots of vegetable and herbs in containers!

Healthy and prolific vegetable plants need the proper soil, sun exposure, water, and nutrients.

When you grow vegetables in a container, I would add that they need the appropriate space for roots to spread and take up nutrients and water.

Planted in the ground, plant roots are able to spread as much as needed but they are confined in a container.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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