Living in a small apartment can make gardening a challenge. If you have access to a rooftop patio or balcony, you can easily flex your green thumb by starting a container garden. Growing vegetables in containers can be a great way to access fresh produce, without the need for a large tract of land.
Here are three tips to keep in mind to help you start your own successful container garden this summer.
1. Choose the right container material.
To ensure proper growth of the veggies you plant in your container garden, having the right containers is essential. The most important considerations you can make when picking out containers for your garden are porosity and drainage. Containers made from porous materials like unglazed terra cotta and wood will dry out quickly, but they will also allow the soil to remain cooler due to evaporation.
Take the temperature and moisture needs of the plants you plan to grow into consideration, and choose a container made from a material that will allow you to create the growing conditions needed for higher yields. You will also want to ensure that your containers provide for adequate drainage of the soil to prevent mold and other moisture-related problems from plaguing your vegetable plants.
2. Don't overcrowd your plants.
You might be tempted to place more than one plant in each container, but this could compromise your yield when it is time to harvest your veggies. Since resources like nutrients and water are limited in a container, you don't want to make your plants fight with one another for these resources.
Limiting your garden to a single plant in each container might result in more containers, but it will also result in more vegetables throughout the growing season because your plants will be healthier.
3. Plan for succession sowing.
To ensure that you will have fresh veggies from your container garden all summer, you should plan to engage in succession sowing. This type of sowing allows you to keep a constant rotation of plants to maximize yield. Succession sowing can be especially beneficial if you have lettuce in your garden, since you actually eat the lettuce plant and don't just harvest the fruit like you do with other veggie varieties.
Plan to have some seeds starting at regular intervals throughout the growing season, and then transplanting these seeds into your container garden to keep a fresh supply of vegetables coming from your garden.
Container gardening is an easy and effective way for apartment dwellers to enjoy access to fresh vegetables throughout the summer. Make sure your container garden is a success by investing in the right containers, avoiding overcrowding, and planning for succession sowing. If you'd like more information or need some containers to get started, contact Container Creations LLC.
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