Growing Vegetables in Pots
This year I have started my own patio garden. The hubs and I live in an apartment, but that is no reason for forego home-grown vegetables! So in one corner of our patio, I have a variety of pots for a variety of vegetables. Hopefully, in a month or so I will have a great harvest.
Do you have too little space (or no yard) to be able to have a regular garden? Maybe this year you can try growing vegetables in pots! It’s so easy, takes up very little space, and pretty much anyone can do it! One of the best parts is that almost any container will do as long as they are deep enough and provide adequate drainage so get creative and use what you already have!
First, you will need to decide where you are going to get your seeds from. If you are just looking for basic garden seeds that will grow something fairly true to the vegetables that you can buy in the store, you can pick them up at most hardware stores or even some retail stores. If you are looking for heirloom varieties or something a bit different your best bet is to probably order seeds online. We have a great article all about Ordering Gardening Seeds online right here on Little House Living.
Now Let’s Get Started!
Here are some easy tips about growing vegetables in pots:
- Make sure your containers are deep enough (about 12 inches deep)
- You will need drainage holes in your containers for the right amount of moisture
- Tall plants, or ones that grow vines, should be supported with a wire cage or something similar
- If planted during a season of frost, keep indoors until the frost goes away.
- Plant seeds according to package directions
- Plant seeds directly into pot
- Plant more seeds than you think you need (not all will germinate)
- Watch out for weeds (there will still be weeds!!)
- Water frequently (letting plants go dry just once can ruin your harvest)
- Fertilize often (at least every two weeks)
- Harvest once the veggies get to the size and color you like to eat
One big thing to keep in mind is the types of vegetables that you hope to grow in pots and if you are growing them indoors and outdoors. If you are growing them outside you shouldn’t have much of an issue since a pollinator will find it’s way to your plants. If you are growing plants in pots inside you will need to have plants that self-pollinate (like lettuce or spinach) or you will need to learn how to pollinate the plants yourself which can vary from variety to variety.
We also have this great article posted on how to create a container garden. It’s a step by step tutorial on how to plant your seeds indoors and where to put them in your house to make sure they grow correctly.
Here’s another quick tip. You know how I mentioned that your plants need to be in pots that have proper drainage holes in the bottom? Well, if you want to use another kind of container that doesn’t have holes in the bottom or where holes cannot be drilled in the bottom you can simply take a few handfuls of gravel or rocks and place them in the container before you put your dirt in. This way even if you don’t have overflow drainage on the bottom, your pots won’t get bogged down if you add a little too much water.
And if you don’t have even enough room to start growing vegetables in pots, you could always just re-grow your store bought vegetables indoors. It takes up very little space and you can usually do it on your counter-top!.
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Do you garden? Ever tried growing vegetables in pots? Share your stories below!