Are you intimidated by the thought of growing your own potted vegetable seeds indoors? Does it sound daunting and hard to do? Well, in this blog post we are going to discuss how really easy it is if you follow a few basic steps.
Let's start with what you don't need. You don't need expensive equipment. It doesn't take a lot of work. You don't need to be a green thumb gardener. Any beginner can do this. And, you don't need a ton of space. Like we have stated it's basically easy to do and very rewarding. You aren't limited to the seed selection at your local nursery. You can go on line and find heirloom seeds that cost much less. There are hundreds of great tasting varieties.
Now think of the money you will save by growing your own veggies in planter pots at home. You will know they aren't sprayed with pesticides, are potted in clean potting soil and haven't been shipped across the States. There is nothing better than reaping the rewards of growing your own veggie potted plants.
Step 1 - Light: The light that is needed to grow veggies indoors can't be from sunny windows. The seeds will turn into plants but they will be spindly and weak since the source of light is so far away. You need inexpensive fluorescent light with cool white bulbs. These work beautifully and with great success.
Step 2 - Good Seeds: If you aren't a seed saver then purchase fresh seeds from a online source with a good reputation. Try to find unique heirloom varieties of tomato, cucumbers, peppers and beans.... You will be amazed at the variety of flavors, colors and shapes that come out of the same type of veggies. We recommend purchasing seeds annually.
Step 3 - The most important step is to keep the soil slightly damp. If it's to wet the seeds will rot or drown. Once the seeds germinate the water needs will increase. Touch soil with finger each day. Gently water if dry to keep it moist. Remember damp not soggy. You can use cell packets or better yet small terracotta pots. Try to keep the pots small like 3" or so. You will transplant the plants into larger pots later.
Step 4 - Prepare the plants to the outdoors in stages. Since they have spent all their time inside your home with great conditions you don't want to just take them outside and put them in a garden planter. Start by taking them outside on a few warmer days. Continue to give them more and more exposure unless the temp drops below freezing. Your goal is a week or so before planting, they can be outside around the clock.
So now is the time to be thinking about starting your own veggie seeds. That way come early Spring you will have tasty potted vegetables that you grew your own.
These days everyone is thinking about down sizing. Moving into tiny houses and getting rid of huge yards that take upkeep, money and time to maintain. If you find yourself in an apartment, condo or high rise here are few tips for potting up a few veggies. You don't need a large plot of land to grow a few fresh and healthy vegetables, especially if you do them in terra cotta pots or bowl pots.
Even lots of folks with homes prefer to grow vegetables in garden planters and pottery. It makes moving them easier and more portable. You can place thepots by a back door for convenience or on a patio for fragrance and color. However if you are living in a smaller space you can still grow fun vegetables in flower pots. Make sure you select clay planters that have a drain hole and leave some room for the vegetable root systems to spread a bit. Many vegetables have short roots so even a garden bowl on a patio table can work nicely.
Fill talavera planters or mexican pots with leaf lettuce, spring veggies, and herbs. They all work great in garden bowls that don't need much room and can be fairly shallow. However if you want to grow veggies that climb like tomatoes, snow peas or green bean you will have to put a metal cage in a large pottery planter, and use a garden trellis near by or place the clay planter next to a patio wall or balcony rail where they can climb as they grow.
If you really want to get daring you can even grow melons, or pumpkins where the roots are in the garden planter and the fruit is resting on the patio or deck as it grows. Think about easy items to grow like green onions, carrots or radish when you are not up to a big challenge. These are easy, don't take much room and fun to eat and watch grow.
Besides a good container you also need to consider how much sun the planter will get. Read the packet of seeds or the starter veggie plants for how much sun the containers will need. Make sure you start with good, new potting soil and fertilize on a regular basis. Since these potted veggies can't draw water or nutrients from the ground you need to keep the potting soil healthy.
Lastly, don't worry about watering them. Many times a watering can will work just fine. The main goal here is to just have fun, and enjoy eating and harvesting your own vegetables right outside on your balcony or small patio area.
Growing vegetables in garden containers is an easy way to experience the flavor and freshness of home grown veggies and, best of all most vegetables do well in planters & pottery!
Not sure what type of planter to grow your vegetables in? Well the healthiest type of terracotta clay. It breathes and root systems love the health benefits. Glaze of high fired pot or planters are very good because they won't absorb the water and will keep the soil moist for prolonged periods of time. Remember when choosing the best container, that dark colors absorb heat. Avoid black clay or black glossy planters. Also, make sure you don't use any Mexican pottery that has been lined with tar, as they may contain toxins or chemical compounds.
When selecting, potting soil try to use a basic potting mix. Most nursery and landscape centers have soil specially for vegetable growth. The container the fertilizer that you need. Fill the container to an inch or two from the rim. Of course, you can always blend your own soil mix which save money.
When it comes to the vegetables you will choose to pot here are a few tips. Plant the planters at the same time as you would if you were planting in your garden. Soak the potting mix, spread the seeds or pot the transplants. Water gently. Keep the containers where they will get full sun for at least 5 hours a day.
A few favorite and easy vegetables to grow in pots are:
If you have a sunny space on your patio or deck, you have enough room to grow summer veggies.
Containers: Large sizes ranging from 18" to 24" provide plenty of room for roots and don't dry out as quickly as small containers. That translates into healthier plants that yield more produce. Terracotta, poly resin, glaze or high fired pottery all work well. You must have good drainage so think about a saucer with your container for indoor use or pot feet for yourcontaineroutside.
The saucer should be large enough to hold any run off that may occur while watering. The rule of thumb is the saucer should sit on the top opening of the pot and look like a lid.
Because many pots are tapered in style, you can go with a smaller saucer if you prefer that look. However, don't go so small that the saucer defeats it's purpose. Our pot feet can be used to support a container or saucer off the decks surface to make cleaning easier and keeps water from pooling under the pot, causing deck stains.
Premium potting mix is preferred. Press soil firmly around each veggie plant and when finished should be 1" below the containers rim. Water as often as needed to keep soil moist. You can plant 10 to 20 beans, 3 egg plants or peppers or two cucumbers in a single large container. Fill the edges with edible companions like basil.
If you have not had much success when planting carrots in garden planters, here are a few easy tips to try!
Try the "Paris Market" variety. Unlike most carrots, this variety will tolerate shallow, rocky soils and still produce nicely shaped roots. The reddish orange globes form early in the season and are known for their exceptionally sweet flavor. And, in cases you want to avoid your soil altogether, they will even perform well when grown in a planter or garden container. If you have never tried this variety we think you will not only enjoy the easy of potting them up, for the taste as well.