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Container Gardening: How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

Container Gardening: How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

Container gardening is the ideal solution for anybody who loves the taste of fresh vegetables but lacks the space for a vegetable garden. Here is an example of an herb and vegetable garden.

Container gardening is the ideal solution for anybody who loves the taste of fresh vegetables but lacks the space for a vegetable garden. As long as you get at least six hours of sunlight each day, you can be successful raising vegetables plants in containers. This guide will teach you the basics of growing vegetables in pots, from preparing the soil to the final harvest.

How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

Many gardeners have been growing flowers in containers for years, but did you know that you can successfully raise vegetables in containers as well?  As long as you get at least six hours of sunlight each day, you can raise your own vegetables on the patio or balcony and get a surprisingly large crop. You just need to be aware of a few basics before you start.

First, you must choose the right sort of container. Although you may be tempted to use any sort of container that is big enough, it is important to choose one that has good drainage at the bottom and that is not made from any toxic materials. You wouldn’t want your vegetables to absorb any toxins, would you? If the container you choose does not have drainage holes at the bottom, you can remedy this with a drill.

Next, you need to get some good soil. You might want to use soil that comes straight out of the garden, but this is not a good idea. Garden soil often has various insect pests and micro-organisms that can cause problems for your plants. In addition, garden soil will become compacted when used in a container, because of the frequent watering that plants in containers require. It is far better to start out with sterilized potting soil purchased from a garden center. Commercial potting soil will be a lot lighter and provide better drainage than dirt from your garden. You can improve the potting soil even more by adding peat moss and compost to it.

When you grow vegetables in containers, you will have to fertilize them. Plants grown in containers need to be watered frequently, and the frequent (more…)

Starting an Organic Garden When You’ve Got Limited Space

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Even if you’ve got limited space, you can successfully grow an organic garden.

If you want to start an organic garden, having a huge backyard and plenty of planting space certainly would be handy. Even if you’ve got limited space, you can successfully grow an organic garden. You just need creativity and resourcefulness.

Why Are Organic Gardens So Popular?

Exactly why has this hobby become so popular in the last few years? Gardening has always been a favorite pastime of people all over the world but what makes organic gardening different? Organic gardening refers to growing plants without using artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Research has demonstrated that crops grown using the organic method contain much more nutrients and are healthier for human consumption. Aside from health reasons, many people have started their own organic gardens because of the financial benefits. You don’t have to spend money on fruits and vegetables if you can (more…)

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