Do you want to plant a vegetable garden but you’re not sure if you should because of the ongoing drought in the area? Why not plant the veggies in containers? That way you will save water and you will create a lovely feature in your garden! We’ve done some browsing around the web and found a few useful tips to help with your water wise vegetable garden.
Container vegetable gardening is ideal for small places like flats and it is often more successful than conventional gardening as you can control the growing conditions. You can easily move your plants from one area to another, and your soil moisture content is often better than open ground.
What are suitable containers and pots for container vegetable gardening?
You can create a container vegetable garden any type of container from the simple bucket to purpose made planters and pots. As long as you have good soil, a sunny place, fresh seed and good drainage in your containers, you can grow vegetables in containers anywhere.
Remember though, if you are using terracotta or wooden containers for container gardening the soil will dry out quicker than if you are using plastic containers. For top heavy plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, make sure that the container is heavy and weighted.
What is the best soil for growing vegetables in containers?
Growing vegetables in containers really need to have good soil to thrive. Most potting mixes that you can purchase these days will be fine. However, by adding a little lime to this kind of soil you will grow better lettuces, beans, and in fact most vegetables. Add 1 heaped teaspoon of either garden lime or dolomite mixed thoroughly with 10-12 litres of soil mixture.
10 best vegetables to grow in containers
All of the above vegetables grow well in containers. Horseradish, particularly will spread throughout any vegetable garden and therefore is better grow like this to keep it contained.
Remember to also add mulch to your pots as that is another good way to retain the moisture in the soil:
Why is mulch important for your garden and what types of mulches work best?
Mulch is any substance that can be placed on the surface of the soil around plants in order to keep moisture in the soil. Mulch is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to save water in your garden. There are two sorts of mulch – organic and inorganic.
These come from plant and animal sources. Examples are compost, grass cuttings, pine needles, bark chips, bark nuggets. Organic mulches are the best sort of mulch because, in time, they break down and enrich the soil. Earthworms help organic mulches to break down.
These are substances or materials that do not break down and enrich the soil, but nevertheless help keep moisture in the soil. Examples are gravel, pebbles and stones.
Remember to place containers where they will get adequate sunlight. Those raised for their roots, such as carrots, beets and radishes, will tolerate partial shade, as will leafy vegetables. Crops grown for their fruits commonly require at least five hours of full, direct sunlight every day, but perform better with eight to ten hours. The root vegetables can stand more shade than those which bear fruit, such as cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and eggplants.