Container Gardening

There is nothing more joyful as an herb grower than having your favorite herbs at arms reach even during the cold months of winter. Well, do not fret. There are herbs that can actually thrive and grow even during the coldest months of the year. Here are 5 of them.

5 Herbs That Could Thrive Throughout the Winter

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1. Chives

Chives can compliment any dish you can think of. From breakfast to supper, the mild onion flavor of chive can make ones cuisine stands out. Chives are also great winter herbs because it can withstand the cold temperature even during the winter months. Plant your chives in a pot using an all-purpose potting soil. Place your pot near your window where it can have access to sunlight. Water your chives twice a week and once your chives are about 6 inches tall, you can now harvest them by cutting the leaves.

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A great year-round activity for the whole family, growing sweet potatoes is easy and enjoyable and when successful, you will have all the sweet potatoes that you can eat and some extra to share.

Easy Steps to Grow Sweet Potato Slips

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1. Use Organically Grown Sweet Potatoes

The first thing you need when growing sweet potato slips are previously harvested or locally sold organic sweet potatoes. Chemically treated sweet potatoes are sometimes treated to avoid sprouting.

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Growing your very own zucchini does not require a lot of space. A large container can do the job for you. Just follow these 6 simple steps and you will be growing your own zucchinis in no time.

6 Tips to Grow Zucchini in Pots

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1. Use Your Best Potting Soil for Your Zucchini

Using a 5 gallon container, fill it up with the best potting soil that you have. Drill some holes in your container. The holes will act as drainage to your container planter. To settle the soil in your container, water it thoroughly. Add more soil to your planter as it settles.

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There is nothing more satisfying than picking your own vegetables and fruits in your own garden. As a gardener, expert or just a newbie, both can agree that growing tomatoes can be both satisfying and at the same time stressful. Tomatoes are so delicate that a simple rain after a hot day will lead to tomato splitting and cracking. Late blight and critter problems are also cause for alarm. But the positives in growing tomatoes weather in the garden or in containers still outweighs all the negatives that can be experienced in growing them. The taste of a freshly harvested tomato can be addictive that all you want to do is to plant and grow this delicate and delicious vegetable that nature has blessed us with.

Also Read: Why Do Tomatoes Crack? Cracking the Problem of Tomato Splitting

So, let us concentrate on how we can grow our own tomatoes in containers.  Here are 5 great tips that you can fallow.

 

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1. Use Big Containers

The success of your tomato plant will depend on the size of your container. A bigger container will lead to more success compared when using small containers. You can buy containers like those 5 gallon bucket sizes in most hardware stores which will be perfect for planting your tomatoes.

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If your main problem is lack of garden space, do not despair. You an still grow your own food or have decorative plants by using containers or pots. If you are interested in starting your own edible garden in order to have a steady supply of fresh produce and save money on groceries, the following are 15 of the best vegetables to grow in containers or pots.

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1: Beets –

This kind of variety grows well in small spaces – however, if you want best results try to grow “Red Ace” type. You need to have a pot, which has at least 12 inches depth so that beets can grow freely. Within such a space, you can grow up to six different plants. If you want to have more, opt the baby beets.

Container Grown Beets

2: Beans –

There are two best types of bush varieties including “derby” and “provider” – for growing these you need a pot which has about 12 inches depth. It is important to check root depth of vegetables for better growth. If you want to grow long poles within a box, you would have to attach trellis along with the pot.

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3: Carrots:

Are you interested in growing carrots in containers? If yes, then you must start growing the varieties like:

  • Thumbelina
  • Short n Sweet
  • Little Fingers

If you actively water the pot, you are more likely to get a healthier plant. In case you wish to have longer plants, make sure you choose deeper pots.

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4: Cole Crops:

Cole crops include cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage; these are the easiest vegetables to grow in containers. However, you should not plant lot of types in a single pot otherwise, they will not be able to grow.

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5: Cucumber:

If you are interested in growing cucumber in containers, then always go for “Salad Bush” or “Bush Pickle” varieties. You must consider the plants coming out of the edges of the pot.

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6: Eggplant:

Any pot which has the capacity to hold up to 5 inches depth can be used for growing eggplant. However, without stake you would not be able to hold the plant in the pot, so be careful.

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7: Lettuce and other greens:

If you are looking for best container vegetables, then your choice would be lush greens and lettuce. In this case, the size of the pot does not come into a count. Take some fertile soil, add the required seeds and keep the soil moist so that you can get lovely salads from the home garden.

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8: Melons:

Have you heard about dwarf melon “Bush Sugar Baby” melons? These are tiny watermelon types, which are perfect to grow in small pots. In a deep pot, it would continue to grow and leave the edges with spirals. These would provide the fruit with necessary support, so pay special attention to it.

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9: Onions:

Particularly green onions are known to grow well in containers. You require a bag of set and a pot, which is about 4 to 5 inches deep. Within this size, you can freely grow an onion until it is a bulb size.

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10: Peas:

You can plant up to six plants within a 12-inch deep pot of the following baby pea variety:

  • Green Arrow
  • Maestro
  • English peas
  • Sugar Bon’ snap pea

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11: Peppers:

It is an ideal rule to have a big pot so that peppers grow better. You have the liberty to grow any kind of pepper within the container.

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12: Potatoes:

It is always fun to grow potatoes, and specially fun growing potatoes in a container. You need a pot, which has up to 12 inches, and plant 3 to 4 potato es in the pot. Keep on giving it enough water so that plant starts to produce; make sure all the stems are fully covered with soil. Within a few months, you can get early potatoes and later you can take out the larger ones.

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13: Radishes:

Radishes can be grown quickly and easily even if you have the smallest container. All you have to scatter are some seeds in the pot (top level) and keep the soil moist diligently.

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14: Squash:

Use a 5 to 7 inch deep pot so that you can grow lovely winter squash varieties – these may include:

  • Cornell Bush Delicata
  • Papaya Pear
  • Table King’

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15: Tomatoes:

It is your right to have juicy and fresh tomatoes; you can certainly grow them in pots. However, you must try first a dwarf variety like ‘Bush Big Boy’ in a 5-inch deep container. The popular dwarf varieties are;

  • Patio
  • Tiny Tim
  • Window Box Roma

All these varieties fit perfectly in smaller size containers and pots.

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Therefore, by now you must be intrigued enough to start planting vegetables in the containers. Growing blueberries in pots is also a fun activity. Once done with veggies you can start your own fruit garden as well.