Container Organic Vegetable Gardening
Organic gardening isn’t just for farmers or people who have backyards. Many condo and apartment dwellers who yearn to have a garden have been able to become equally successful by using containers.
Organic vegetable gardening containers have some advantages.You can use your container as a kind of decor when you decide to let your plants get some sunlight while placed on the balcony or patio. If the weather gets too cold outside, you can bring it indoors. But, best of all, you will not be susceptible to certain threats that can only happen outdoors like weeds, insects or soil borne diseases.
Organic vegetable gardening containers do not use soil. You have to use potting mix because it is much lighter and provides excellent drainage. You would need to use organic fertilizer though to help it grow. An example of this is mulch that can be made from chipped bark, garden compost, leaf molds and manure which helps prevent it from drying out.
Another thing the plants in your containers need is a lot of water. Ideally, you should add small amounts in at least 30-minute intervals after an initial watering because putting in too much at once could drown your plant.
The containers can be hung aside as well rather than just placing them on the floor. If the container that you purchased does not have any holes, make a few.
By now you may be asking, “What are the ideal vegetables to be planted in these containers?” To give you an idea, you can plant bush beans, capsicum, carrots, eggplant, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach and tomatoes.
As you may have surmised already, organically grown vegetables need ample sunlight. If you have a lot of these containers and it becomes extremely windy outside, you can protect them from falling by grouping them together with the taller ones and alongside those are that wall-hung.
The best organic vegetable gardening containers are those made from clay, plastic or wood. The length of the roots and its width is the deciding factor when choosing what size you will buy from the store. For instance, if your vegetable happens to have 6 inches of roots and grows to about 10 inches wide, it is best to get a container that measures 8 inches deep and 10 to 12 inches wide. Your container size selection should always make allowances for plant growth.
We mentioned earlier that one of the advantages of the organic container is that you don’t have to deal with insects. But sometimes, bugs like the hookworm manage to get to your plant. If this happens, just take the container to your sink and wash the leaves. Should there be slugs, get rid of them by sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the soil.
If there are aphids on your vegetables, fight fire with fire by getting other insects to do the dirty work. A pack of ladybugs will do the trick without causing any collateral damage.
The use of organic vegetables containers makes it possible for people without a backyard the chance to plant their own crops at home. This is ideal for residents living in condos and apartments. By doing so, they can save money to pay the rent or buy other things when the food they can eat is readily available on their balcony or patio.
If you want to try it, go ahead and ask someone at the gardening store for some help to get you started.