How To Grow Your Own Vegetables In Containers And Why

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Home-Grown Produce

How many of you have noticed our store-bought produce does not have the flavor which home-grown produce has, so if store-bought produce lacks flavor I wonder if it lacks nutrients as well?

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  • You Will Eat More Produce

benefits of home grown produce

One Gallon Containers

  • Cucumbers 2-3 Plants
  • Green Beans 2-3 Plants
  • Leaf Lettuce 4-6 Plants
  • Spinach Plant Seeds Thin 1-2 Inches Apart
  • Cabbage 1 Plant
  • Swiss Chad 1 Plant
  • Cherry / Patio Tomato 1 Plant

Two Gallon Containers

  • Beets Plant Seeds Thin 2-3 Inches
  • Carrots Plant Seed Thin 2-3 Inches
  • Eggplant 2 Plants
  • Pepper 2 Plants
  • Radishes Plant Seeds Thin 1-2 Inches

Three Gallon Containers

  • Standard Tomato’s 1 Plant

Vegetable Container Planting Tips

Types Of Containers

  • Ployethylene
  • Growing Bags
  • Clay Pots
  • Metallic Pots
  • Bushel Baskets
  • Planter Boxes

I recommend you choose a container which is large enough to support your plants root system, so many people’s container gardens fail often due to poor drainage. When you choose the right size container with good drainage you will experience healthier plants and more produce, so these are the first two things you should consider before planting your vegetable container garden?

What About Potting Mix?

For the best results you will need your container garden to be well aerated with exceptional drainage, so many container gardens disappoint many gardeners simple because they lack these two features? The potting mix in your container must be able to retain moisture for your plants to grow and produce vegetables, you should never use garden soil in your containers for anything you grow?

Potting mixes which lacks vermiculite or perlite should never be used to grow vegetables, you really should never use any mix lacking these ingredients but if you do use it for your herbs?

potting mix tips

Filling Your Containers Tips

You can save money on potting mix by adding fillers into the bottom of your containers, I often use small pieces of styrofoam when I have it to use for my own container fillers. You can save those little yogurt cups and turn them upside down to use as fillers as well, I then place a layer of landscape fabric over my fillers before adding my potting mix. I recommend you leave at least one inch of room at the top of your container after filling it with your potting mix; I imagine now you might be wondering what I use for potting mix?

Potting Mix Tips

You will find a wide variety of potting mix recipes which depends on the potting mix brand and the plants the mix is made for, I suggest you avoid any mixture labeled garden top soil for your containers. You should always be careful the mix you choose is labeled as potting soil or potting mix, you will experience all mixes are not created equal as well?

  • Organic Matter
  • Peat Moss
  • Compost
  • Bark Chips

These ingredients will provide your plants the most nutrients and a good PH balance for healthy plants, you should always check if the mixture you are considering using contains vermiculite or perlite.

Home-Made Potting Mix Recipe

  • 1 Part Peat Moss
  • 1 Part Perlite or Vermiculite
  • 1 Part Course Sand Optional
  • 1 Part Compost
  • 1 Part Potting Mix

You should experiment with this recipe until you find what combination works the best for your vegetable plants, but these are the best ingredients to make the best potting mix for your vegetable plants.

perlite and vermiculite tips

Ready To Prepare Your Potting Mix

First you will need a large tub or wheelbarrow and a mixing trowel to start to prepare your potting mix, you will then want to pre-soak your peat moss in a large bucket with warm water. You will want to aim for two parts of peat moss and one part water, so now you can add your other ingredients to the peat moss mixture in your large tub or wheelbarrow. Now you are ready to start filling your containers with your potting mixture, you should remember to allow at least one inch of room at the top of your container for planting.

What About Commercial Potting Mixes

What Is On My Mind Today?

For any of you who are planning on planting several very large containers or more will save money by making your own potting mix, but for those of you who are only planting a few small containers purchasing one of the recommended potting mixes from this article might be easier for you. It is more costly to purchase the pre-made commercial potting mixes than to make your own, but whatever route you choose to follow the tips in this article post will provide you healthy plants and produce.

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6 Comments

  • Sunny says:

    I have been wanting my own vegetable and fruit garden for ages, but I live in a small apartment. So I’ve been waiting until I can move into a house. I realized recently that I could just do a small garden on my balcony, and I really want to but wasn’t sure how. All the tips you have here are really helpful. I’m so excited to get this project started. Thanks for your help!

    • admin says:

      Thank You Sunny,

      I appreciate you visiting my website and sharing with my readers and myself, you can have a garden no matter where you live and a balcony garden is a great place to start a new garden.

      Jeff

  • Princila says:

    Thank you so much, Jeff. I couldn’t agree more with you; home-grown produce is far tastier than store-bought produce. My parents owned a large garden where they usually planted tomatoes, peanuts, cabbages, maize, and other vegetables. So, I definitely have first-hand experience when it comes to home-grown produce.

    I now live in Saudi Arabia and I’m really crazing for home-grown produce. However, I’m not sure whether I can successfully grow vegetables with the harsh temperatures here (temps usually reach 45 to 52 degrees Celsius). Are there any specific plants that you would recommend that I start with? I can’t think of any veggie that would grow in this harsh climate except I place my containers in a sufficiently lit room with a fan/air con to control the high temperatures.

    Thank you in advance.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Princila,

      I have no experience gardening in Saudi Arabia, but I think you have the right idea you are going to have to garden indoors and control the climate as much as possible.

      I would look for veggies which are not in need of constant high moisture to grow well, I would love to know how your gardening works out 

      Jeff

  • JD says:

    I used to have a small garden in my back yard and grew tomato and lettuce. I didn’t realize how important it was to use the right type of soil to provide the right ingredients to the plants. Needless to say, I wasn’t super successful. The next year, I bought several bags of premixed soil and saw a dramatic increase in my yield. Thanks so much for the post!

    • admin says:

      Thank You JD,

      We all have to pay our time of learning when starting anything new in our lives, but we can accomplish anything we desire with patience and persistence.

      Jeff

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