With a lot of folks looking to go eco-friendly around the house we are starting to see more wanting to grow their own food in garden containers. They don't like the selection at the store or the thought of feeding their family with produce that has been sprayed with pesticides.
So, if you are thinking about possibly growing your own food on a small level and want the easiest way that uses less space then try potting up some veggies.
When it comes to selecting a garden container most types will do. The main thing to look for are drain holes. Most veggie don't like their roots sitting in standing water so make sure that if the pots you select don't have holes - you drill them. We like terracottabecause the clay is meant to breathe which is super healthy for all roots systems. The water will soak into the sides of the pots and help retain the moisture. Glazed, Poly Resin, Concrete, will all work well. Make sure they are large enough for the vegetables to grow with room to expand.
Here are a few suggestions:
> Beetroot: These are great container crops. Sow a few seeds in the pot every couple of weeks and you'll be harvesting all summer.
> Radish - They are trouble free and ready to harvest in as little as a month.
> Potatoes - They don't need lots of room to grow just deep soil.
> Chard - The color makes this an attractive crop also. Thin out seedlings.
> Tomatoes - Keep evenly watered to prevent the fruit from splitting. Feed with fertilizer.
> Salad Leaves - The ultimate container crop. Sow a variety and grow as long as you keep harvesting the leaves. How easy is that?
> Carrots - Like potatoes they just need deep soil to grow well.
> Chilies - Perfect for a windowsill, the warmer the conditions the spicier.
> Lettuce - Perfect for potting. Sow one or two at intervals so they don't all mature at the same time. > Salad Onions - Great for containers because they don't need deep soil and are easy to grow. > Spinach - Great to keep cutting and regrowing in pottery. > Garden Herbs - We are all familiar with potted herbs. So Easy & fun to do.
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:
Here are our choice for the easiest veggies to grow in containers!
Carrots - Rocky soil will yield ugly, crooked carrots that taste great.
Beans - Pole Beans while easy to grow will need a trellis.
Lettuce - Do successive sowings every two weeks to space them out.
Cucumbers - Be sure to avoid potting until all danger of frost has ceased.
Spinach - Pick it continuously once it's leaves are a good size.
Tomatoes - Most people start with a starter plant from a local nursery.
Radishes - Plant seeds directly into the container early spring.
Peppers - Start with a plant from a local nursery for best results.
Squash - Don't place the pot in the wind and try to have some protection.
Basil - Sow seeds directly into garden pot in early June.
It's so easy to pot up a few healthy vegetables. In today's world you need all the help you can get when it comes to feeding your family healthy food. Well here's a few types of vegetables that are easy to grow yourself.
Energizer: Carrots are rich in carotenoids, plant compounds that are shown to improve blood sugar control to ward off tiredness. Who doesn't need that? People with a higher carotenoid intake had slimmer waistlines, plus less subcutaneous fat - the jiggly surface kind - and visceral fat - the hart harming type. So, get a nice large clay planters and get going.
Detoxifier - Radishes help cleanse the body of energy draining toxins. These veggies are natures top source of glucoraphasatin, a unique phytochemical that boosts the activity of detoxification enzymes in the body. They delivery molybdenum, an antioxidant mineral that helps fight free radical damage. Go to your local garden center and get them.
Immunity booster - Turnip roots and their greens are high in vitamin C. This powerhouse antioxidant strengthens immunity, wards off weight gain and eases anxiety. The credit goes to C's ability to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
These are just of the few vegetables that you can pot and grow at home. Not only will they add food to the table, create better health, and add color and fragrance to your garden or patio area, but they are fun to grow!
Vegetables that take up little space, such as radishes, carrots and lettuce, or crops that bear fruit over long periods, like tomatoes and peppers, are best suited to containers.
Other good options include cucumbers, onions, eggplant and squash. Staking might be needed for tall or vineing plants like tomatoes and cucumbers. Be sure to provide adequate drainage and quality pottery soil.
If you like this stacked look, use our Terracotta Italian imported low bowl garden planters. Each pot is imported directly from our supplier in Italy. Made of the finest terracotta clay, the beauty of these planter is hard to beat. Each pot comes with a drain hole.
August is the month, every year, that finds so many of us out working in our yards and garden areas. Some of that work is fun and some is pain, but all of it can be enjoyed! The garden is one of the few places left where no matter how hard you work or how much you don't it always pays off with beautiful flowers, vegetables and more.
Now is the time to enjoy cut flowers. An abundance of flowers is one of the joys of summer. If you don't have a cutting garden, visit your local farmers market for bargain blooms. Top picks of the season will include celosias, cosmos, and gomphrenas. All are great for quick, beautiful bouquets.
Make them last longer with conditioning: remove the leaves that fall below the water level in the container you choose, re-cut stems at an angle, and add a floral preservative to feed the flowers. Don't forget to change the water daily. Now for the fun part, choose a lovely glass vase, terracotta clay planter or odd shaped glazed pot to display the lovely flowers in. They all work great!
Water & Containers:
Your pots can dry out quickly with the August heat. Water them regularly; daily watering may even be necessary. Hand-watering is efficient, allowing you to give plants just the right amount of water without waste - saving you money.
Pots and plants both love and NEED water, so be vigilant! Make this process even more fun by using a brightly colored watering can or one of the new flexible hoses. Take a few deep breaths and enjoy the process. It's only a chore if you make it one!
Gather Potted Veggies:
Keep a watchful eye on your potted vegetables, by checking it daily. Harvest regularly to ensure a steady supply of tender veggies through the summer. Pick squash, zucchini, okra, and eggplant when they are small and tender.
Use sharp clippers or a small knife to harvest to avoid tearing stems. Harvest peppers or potted tomatoes on the day you plan to use them. Bring a small pail to carry your harvest. Share extra with family, friends, and neighbors.
There are lots of flowers that hummingbirds love. Salvias such as 'Black and Blue' anise scented sage, pineapple sage and 'Lady in Red' sage are favorites. Pot them up in beautiful garden containers and you will attract more hummers than ever! Use bright red planters to aid in the attraction.
Combining veggies and flowers is a creative way to enhance certain plants to each other visually and culturally. It also is convenient since it doesn't take scientific talent to achieve. Experiment with what you like and find out what works. We have a few tips to help when choosing which items to pot together but you need to try things that you like and see what you can grow successfully.
Harvesting these combinations is fun and interesting but you can also plant combinations for decoration. Dried pods work great with beautiful floral wreaths or table arrangements. Use dried sunflower heads in arrangements of colorful vegetables and flowers. Select colorful planters that compliment the combinations or go with traditional terracotta clay for the earth loving feel.
As always, the main idea is to have fun being creative and use combinations you like.
Marigolds with tomatoes: Strong scented marigolds repel insects and help tomatoes grow more productively. Grown beneath tomatoes, marigolds also suppress weeds from growing out the top of your planter. Morning glories attract hoverflies, which feed on aphids, thus keeping the pests away from corn. Plant is colorful containers that accent the red of the tomato or the gold of the marigolds. Nice!
Nasturtiums repel squash bugs and other insects that attack cabbage, cucumbers and squash. Members of the chive, garlic and onion family protect their companions from insects and deter rabbits from eating the flowers.