Growing vegetables in containers or pots can be both productive and satisfying. With many new container and pot systems now available specifically designed for growing vegetables if has never been easier to grow a wide range of vegetables in small areas, indoors or even on a balcony. Many new vegetable growing systems prevent the problem of nutrients being leached away through constant watering.
How to grow vegetables in containers
Growing vegetables in containers is easy and has a few advantages
- with modern self watering pots now available growing vegetables can be a easy, and the self watering pot will take care of the vegetables while you are on holiday
- containers can easily be moved to take full advantage of the sun
- containers can easily be raised for easy access, removed when not in use and can also perform a decorative function
So what containers should we use
- Vegetables prefer deep pots, they need room to develop a good root system
- Wine barrels cut in half are great, large terra cotta pots work well and large plastic pots are also suitable. Large timber planters can also be used.
- Self watering pots are great for leafy vegetables such as lettuce
- specialist systems from suppliers such as Sage Horticultural
- a good quality potting mix is essential, some companies now have specialist organic vegetable mixes available
- consider making your own mix using well rotted compost with some manure mixed through
What to grow
- tomatoes are a favorite
- green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, salad greens, rocket and parsley
- herbs such as thyme, oregano and sage
- snow peas (remember to use a climbing frame)
- potatoes are great in a large tub or tyre stack
- others to consider are :Beans, Eggplants,Spinach, Silver Beet and Chillies.
- a drip irrigation system caneasily be installed in a series of pots.
- consider a wet – pot irrigation system, a very efficient watering system
- climbing frames or trellis can help make the most of limited space