How to Use Containers in Your Patio Vegetable Garden

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A patio vegetable garden with containers can help you make the most of your patio and provide you with a daily supply of homegrown herbs and vegetables. It’s important to ensure that you place the containers in such a way that they get plenty of sunlight. Use nutrient rich soil, water your plants well, and use containers with holes in the bottom to drain out excess water.

Patio Vegetable Garden Using Containers

If you don’t have room for a traditional garden, a patio vegetable garden using containers is ideal as container vegetable gardening eliminates the need for tedious chores such as raking, hoeing or tilling.  Almost any type of container can be used to grow garden vegetables. Plastic storage bins, plastic buckets, wooden boxes and gallon cans can all be used as containers. You can also use wooden baskets, washtubs or large food cans for which you no longer have any use.

Using the Right Containers

The size of the container depends upon the plant you want to grow in it. Tomatoes and peppers can be grown in 5 gallon containers while green onions, carrots, cucumbers and herbs can be grown in smaller 1 gallon containers. Plants such as beets, eggplants, green beans and broccoli can be grown in 2 gallon containers. You should ensure that these containers have drain holes in the bottom so that excess water is drained out. Water retention can impede the growth of the plant in the container.

Drain holes in the side of the container, an inch above the bottom, are also ideal. Plants in containers should be watered more often as containers contain less soil and this soil can be easily dried out by the sun. Light color containers are preferable to dark containers as the latter absorbs too much heat and this can damage the roots of the plants growing in them.

A container vegetable garden is ideal in urban areas as it requires less space, maintenance, and it can meet the family’s daily requirement for vegetables.

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