Container Gardening

HOMEGROWN EXPERT GARDENING ADVICE

Container Gardening Makes Growing Your Own Food Possible

Let’s face it. The cost of food is rising every day and despite tightening your belt, you have less money to spend on fresh vegetables. Most people rely on unhealthy junks instead of preparing a home-cooked meal. Now, if you want a healthier choice, growing your own food is quite an interesting idea. This will reduce your food expenses; hence you’ll get nutritious food right in your own backyard.

This sounds great if you are living in a farm or you own a large garden. However, home gardening seems not feasible if you’re in a crammed city and you only view a brickwork jungle of the city spread when you look out of the window. Is it still possible to grow your own food within a limited space? Of course! Container gardening is one of the small-space-oriented gardening styles that makes growing your own veggies, fruits, herbs, or flowers possible. Now, small spaces like window ledges, balconies, courtyard gardens or patio can boast high yielding crops!

Benefits of Container Gardening

1.Safer, more nutritious and cheaper food. Apart from enjoying a rewarding hobby, container gardening provides healthier food. You do not have to depend on supermarkets so much so can save a lot of money. Plus you can be sure that you fresh fruits and veggies are not laced with harmful chemicals and pesticides since you know the history of your food.

2.Move plant position easily. You may use containers such as old barrels, pans, pots, old/leaky kettles, buckets, and light materials like cookie tins and coke bottles cut in half, as long as they can hold soil and have good drainage. So if there is unexpected frost in your area or your plants do not appear happy in their present position, then you can easily move them indoors or to a better location.

3.Good for both indoors and outdoors. Living in a high-rise building or apartment with no garden-like area is not a problem. Container gardening can be done indoors where natural light shines for a few hours a day. If there’s no well-lit area in your house, grow shade-loving plants instead.

Rules for a Successful Crop

Tomatos and Pepper plants growing in 15 gallon containers

Grow 3 Crops per year with containers

Here is a container garden that takes about 10 feet of sidewalk and will grow a large amount of food. It consists of 8 15-gallon pots and 7 3-gallon pots. Shown in the picture are spinach, radishes, onions and lettuce. This photo was taken on March 18th in central NJ, USA about 6 weeks until danger of frost disappears. By mid-May, all items except for the onions will probably be done, and this will free 6 large pots for tomatoes or other summer crop. At the end of the summer, those plants could be replaced with broccoli, cauliflower, or some other cool weather crop.

At the end of the growing season, I will remove the soil from each pot and blend in compost to replace nutrients that were consumed by the 3 crops. I will also adjust the ph if needed. I will let them sit outside for the winter until late February when I will get them ready for spring planting. I mark each container and keep records on what was grown in it.