Container gardening in small spaces

 

 

 

Try container gardening in small spaces

Many people associate growing vegetables with a large garden plot but, in reality, you can grow fresh produce without taking up all that much space. Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables in small spaces.

Location is important. In most cases, a vegetable pot garden will be placed on a patio or porch. Vegetables are sun-loving plants and, therefore, must be placed in full sun to actually produce. There are many leafy vegetables that will do OK in partial sun, so you must take sunlight into consideration as you choose plants for your containers. In general, plants need 6 or more hours of sunlight, but remember that a patio may be subject to very hot temperatures and drying wind, so it is preferable to choose a location that has some protection, if possible.

The type of container you use is an important consideration. You must use a big container. A large pot that is at least 16 to 24 inches diameter works best since it will hold moisture longer and won’t blow over in high wind. Many kinds of pots will work, and each type has advantages and disadvantages.

Once you choose your container, use a soilless potting mix to fill it. Potting mix is lightweight, but will still hold water and oxygen well. These mixes also will be free of weeds and diseases, which is very important. Some mixes contain fertilizers already mixed in.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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