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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Different aspects of container gardening

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MEET YOUR TEACHER: JOHANNA SILVER

EDIBLES IN CONTAINERS

Big Crops From Small Spaces

You don’t need to live on a farm—or even have a garden—to grow your own food. Join Sunset Magazine’s engaging and irreverent Johanna Silver as she takes you through step-by-step demonstrations. From what type of containers to use, to choosing the proper potting soil, to sunlight, watering and fertilizing recommendations, this six-part class will have you growing thriving crops in no time.

This class is perfect for people who want to grow on decks and small apartment patios, renters who don’t want to invest too much into their yards, and everyone working around tough soil or gopher problems.

Class Time: 75 minutes of video lessons

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Balcony gardening

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(Tokyo – Balcony – cherry tomato)

CAROLE MCCRAY: Grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs on your balcony

No yard? No problem. Reach for a tomato from a container on your deck or enjoy one from a container on an apartment balcony.

As long as you have a space that receives about eight hours of sunlight during the day, you can have a container garden.

There are vegetables ideally suited to growing in containers.

• Tomatoes are one. Their tenacity and ability to grow in small spaces make them good container plants. Sunny, sheltered locations are ideal for tomatoes, but if the space is windy and exposed, choose smaller varieties such as patio and cherry tomatoes. (Patio tomatoes are the only type of tomato that can produce a decent crop in partial shade.)

If you keep watering and fertilizing a little, your tomatoes will keep producing throughout the summer.

• Bush beans can be planted in containers because they don’t require much staking and they ripen fast. Bush beans have the extra benefit of adding nitrogen to the soil, which helps the next crop planted in the pot.

• For colorful and ornamental vegetables, try chili peppers. If you plant them in a decorative container, it can be a dramatic touch and one you will enjoy looking at. Also, your container with chili peppers can double as an edible table centerpiece.

• Herbs do well in containers. Rosemary, any of the thymes, marjoram, various basils and parsley are popular culinary herbs that like lots of sun. It is nice to have them close to the kitchen where you can step outside and snip fresh herbs for your favorite dishes.

• A container plant that is both ornamental and has texture is kale. It can span the seasons, planting and harvesting as the season goes along since it is a good cool weather crop. Try grouping pots of kale with colorful potted flowers such as zinnias, impatiens or marigolds for a decorative touch, some contrast and interesting textures.

• Lettuce is a good container plant. However, in the hot summer heat, it will bolt quickly. When that happens, cut the entire plant and refrigerate it, making sure all soil, debris and insects are gone. Do not wash the lettuce until you are ready to eat it.

If you want lettuce throughout the season, plant several containers in stages to keep harvesting.

 

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Vegetables for Beginners

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The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 2nd Edition: How to Grow Your Own Healthy Organic Vegetables All Year Round! (Gardening, Planting, … Gardens, Flowers, Container Gardening)

The author would like to stress the importance of growing the right type and mix of veggies. This way you get a better crop, and useful veggies that usually go hand in hand with each other.
Don’t try to do too much too soon. Don’t try to start planting when it’s too cold outside. The lowest soil temperature for planting is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The best soil temperature is around 50 degrees to 60 degrees.

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Organic vegetable gardens (Vegetable Garden Guide)

An organic vegetable garden in the allotments of Ghent Slotenkouter / Belgium (Photo WVC)

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My Family’s First Attempt At An Organic Vegetable Garden

by Scott Oakes
(Spring Hill, Florida)

We knew from the get go that we would face some difficulties starting an organic vegetable garden in West Central Florida.

The soil is not very good. Mostly sand and the climate is hot and humid. The perfect incubator for insects and fungus, but we felt we were up to the challenge.

The first thing we did after clearing the plot was to add over 1600lbs of cow manure to the soil and work it in. To give us an edge against the anticipated insect assault we alternated garlic and onion plants around the entire perimeter of the garden as most insects will avoid both garlic and onions. It worked extremely well.

We did experience an episode with leaf miners in our organic vegetable garden but quickly brought it under control by putting jalapeno peppers in our blender with a little water.

After mixing the peppers and water on high for a few minutes, we then filtered the concoction through a coffee filter, then put it in a sprayer and sprayed the plants in the garden. Again, it worked great.

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Splendid organic vegetable gardens in the allotments of Ghent Slotenkouter/Belgium (Photo WVC)

Vegetables in Containers (Organic Gardens Site)

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Growing Vegetables in Container

Many of us would like to grow our own herbs and vegetables but have a limited amount of space. I am here to tell you that it can be easily done with the right equipment. Growing vegetables in containers is not as strange as it seems and there are many people doing it successfully. Many of the vegetables we buy from our local store can be grown in pots or containers as long as they are large enough for the right plant. Larger containers are needed for items like carrots or cabbages. While the smaller sized pots will grow herbs and baby vegetables.

If your space is limited then you could grow your herbs and vegetables amongst your flowers, use a small patch in your garden, a corner of the patio or your window sill would make an ideal location. So there is no excuse to not at least try to grow your own.

Below is a list of some herbs and vegetables that can be easily grown in pots or containers and there is a lot more.

Spinach Runner Beans Baby beetroot Cherry Tomatoes Onions Chard Turnips Asparagus Dwarf beans Carrots Celery Artichokes Squash Courgettes Cucumber

You can use almost any container to grow your vegetables as long as they are cleaned properly. If they contain any chemicals like paint use the appropriate cleaner. The idea sized containers should have troughs as deep as 20cm/8″, if space is not too limited. While pots with an average diameter size of 15cm/6″ are particularly good for small vegetables like spring onions, radish or Cherry Tomatoes. To grow herbs you only need small pots with a diameter that can be as small as 8cm/3″. These are ideally suited to the window sill.

Here is a list of suitable containers that you can get you hands on for free and a few you may have to purchase.

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Vegetable Gardening For Beginners (Hydroponics Nutrients/ Flagstone Patio)

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Know The Basics

If you wish to set up your very own vegetable garden and have absolutely no idea on how to go about it, do not lose sleep over it! It is not at all complicated or hard for a novice to start a vegetable garden. It is far more easy to grow vegetables than flowers.
As a rule, vegetables need plenty of sunshine. Vegetables require a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine daily, so pick a location that gets plenty of sunlight. A few leafy vegetable such as spinach, lettuce, and endive require a little amount of shade in the daytime, but vegetables that grow roots such as beets, peppers, radishes, carrots, tomatoes and squash could do with ample sunshine. A further point to be noted when a beginner starts a vegetable garden, is to avoid low-lying areas where water is prone to stagnate after rainfall.

High-quality loamy soil, which is properly drained, is what you require. If the right soil is not present in your garden spot, you have the option of developing it with fine soil management. A number of books on starting a basic vegetable garden are available and can help you out on this or you can approach a garden outlet to seek guidance.

http://www.Gardening-Master.com/762/index.htm

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Planting a Vegetable Garden (Vegetable Garden Guide)

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How Planting a Vegetable Garden

Can Improve Your Health and Lifestyle

Imagine….

…. planting a vegetable garden in your own back yard then picking perfectly ripe, perfectly delicious tomatoes without having to wonder what chemicals went into growing them.

…. or picking runner beans, plump and ready for eating, fresh off the vine for dinner.

Imagine….

…. all the ingredients for a salad at hand and ready when you are – without the expense of buying it at the supermarket.

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You don’t need tons of room to grow a garden (Google / The Starpress)

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GARDENING: You don’t need tons of room to grow a garden

By Rachel Drucks

I seem to find myself writing more and more about how I try to keep myself happy and occupied during the dark, dreary months of winter, and today is no different. Now that my indoor bulbs are in full swing, I’ve immersed myself into researching and planning for a vegetable garden to be planted this spring. I can barely go a couple of days without a seed catalog showing up in my mailbox or early order seed specials appearing in my e-mail inbox, which makes me itch with anticipation for warm weather.

Like most people, the main issue I’ve had while planning for a garden is there is just so much cool stuff to choose from! I struggle with narrowing down my list of wants to what is actually going to fit in my space. So, to fit as many different plants in the design as possible, here are some ideas I’ve incorporated so far: Continue reading You don’t need tons of room to grow a garden (Google / The Starpress)