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 cauliflower in garden containers is not that hard to do. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure that you have great success. Just follow the tips on proper requirements and ideal growing conditions.
Cauliflower is a cool season crop but there are many hybrid cultivars available for both temperate and tropical weather, which means it can be grown diversely in a variety of climates. It's most important to plant the variety that fits the season and climate you are living in.
General in warmer regions you can start to sow cauliflower seeds in fall and continue to sow the seeds till the end of winter. In a cooler zone it's better to sow the seeds late winter and up to spring to get summer or fall harvest.
When choosing a container, choose one that is 12" deep and at least 10 inches wide to allow for enough room that the plant can grow. Make sure the pot has drain holes. You can grow one plant versus pot. If you go with a much larger container you can grow 2 to 3 plants.
Place the pot in a sunny spot that receives at least 5 hrs of sunlight. Make sure you use quality potting soil that is light, deep and humus rich. Cauliflower like moist soil that drains well. Water regularly and don't let the soil dry out. When the head becomes 2 to 3 inches in diameter cover it with the inner leaves by breaking over the head. Fertilize with a heavy feeder.
Last tips to remember - Cauliflower heads become ready for harvest in 3 to 4 months. It like moderate temps, and the right watering.
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.
Ever tired to grow spinach in a flowerpot? It's easy to do and look how lovely!
It's always easiest to start out with a beginner plant but if you want sowing seeds is easy to do. Next you want to decide on the container you are going to us. Make sure that it's at least 8" deep any pot more shallow will make the root system become root bound and this is very unhealthy. I say go a bit larger than you originally wanted. Wide pots are good so this is a great time to go with a window box rectangle, or a garden bowl or wok shape. Terracotta clay is also the best because it is meant to breathe and is the healthiest for the roots.
Space the plants 3" apart if you want large leaves or 2" if you plan on harvesting the leaves while they are still young. Use a rich potting mix and water till moist but not soggy. Make sure the planter has a drain hole for water run-off. If it's gets to hot you may need to move the pot to the shade so the leaves don't burn. Growing spinach in flowerpots doesn't need special care. Just follow the basics and you should be good to go.
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!
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.
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.