Today Valerie is sharing a guest post on a topic that I know many of you are going to enjoy: CONTAINER GARDENING! (Sorry for shouting, you know I get excited.) Anyway, so many of you live in apartments, condos, or simply want a garden close to your kitchen. This is where container gardening comes in. Enjoy!
Hi, I’m Valerie and I blog over at Cottage Making Mommy. We live on 10 acres in rural Oklahoma and we love to garden. I’m a city girl who was transplanted to the country when I married my sweetheart and I love living on our farm.
My favorite thing to do out here, besides play with our animals, is to grow our own vegetables, many of which I grow in pots.
Now I grow vegetables in pots, in addition to the ground, because our soil is poor and I also want some up on our deck to have easy access to when I’m cooking.
You can grow vegetables in pots no matter where you live.
The first thing you need to do is pick what you want to grow your vegetables in. I use old flower pots, deck boxes and even some of the containers my plants come in from the nursery. Old cooking pots, feeding tins, coffee cans are all great choices to grow your veggies in.
Once you have your pots rounded up you need to choose a good potting soil. Your local nursery can help you choose a great soil that’s affordable for your area.
The next thing you need to do is figure out what you want to grow in your pots.
This year I’m growing swiss chard, kale, green onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and many herbs in my pots.
Just fill your pots with soil and sew your seeds or plants. Remember now that your tomatoes and cucumbers will need some type of trellis to give them support once they get big.
A hint that will help your seeds get a good start is to soak them in water overnight in a shallow dish of water that way they are more likely to sprout and quickly.
Once you have them all planted make sure that they get watered and that you have some access to sunlight, preferably 4 hours a day.
Now I have a neighbor that has rabbits so I mix some rabbit poo in the pots to work as slow release fertilizer. If you have a friend or neighbor with a pet rabbit you may just ask if you can have their poo. There’s nothing quite like bonding with a neighbor over manure stories *wink*
The three most important things to remember are to make sure you have drainage holes in the bottom of your pots, use a good quality potting soil, and stick your finger in your pots every other day and check to make sure that the soil stays damp. Soil in pots dries out quickly and with the sunshine and wind it really is hard on your plants.
Now go and plant, plant, plant so you can experiment and make all types of salads and vegetable dishes this summer. Make sure to come by and let me know what you planted and how it’s doing. You can also come visit me on Facebook or Instagram.
Thank you, Kelli, for the opportunity to share my love of gardening with your readers.
What plants are you currently growing in containers? I am cilantro, cucumbers, a lemon tree, and chives in containers right now.