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Containers are the way to go

 

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SAUK COUNTY GARDENER

Container gardening solves space issues

  • Phyllis Both – Sauk County Gardener

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian. Wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes is Russian. Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese. Garlic makes it good.” – Alice May Brock

If your soil is warm, you can get those tomatoes in the ground. I will hold off on peppers, basil, sweet potatoes and melons for another week. It’s not the temperature of the air that is most important but the temperature of the soil that is crucial. Putting a sheet of black plastic over soil about one week before planting warms the soil pretty fast.

I know some people don’t have room for a garden or have too much shade but still want to grow vegetables. Containers are the way to go. Any vegetable can be grown in containers, even sweet corn. An advantage of container gardening is you can start with a good potting mix. Good soil is the foundation of a good garden.

Plants in containers tend to dry out quickly and may need watering every day. They also need fertilizer since fertilizers tend to wash out when the water drains. I recommend a time release fertilizer such as osmocote mixed with soil when planting and a water-soluble fertilizer each time you water. I recommend scheduling a certain time of the day for care of your container gardens to make your life easier. Try to water in the morning if possible.

Read the full story: Baraboo News Republic

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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