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  How to grow organic Cauliflower
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Why I Recommend Vegetable Container Gardening


Vegetable container gardening is gaining more popularity these days as the cost of living skyrockets and incomes stagnate, at best. Pots made from teracotta, plastic and wood are commonly used. Crops can be found growing on porches, front steps, and in urban locations, on rooftops.

Many types of plants are commonly grown in containers, including ornamental plants, cacti, small trees, herbs and vegetables. Vegetable container gardening is unique from other forms in that what is grown are edible plants. Although the term vegetable may have a broader meaning, it is generally used to refer to plants with culinary purposes and for human consumption. For this reason, both vegetables and herbs are generally included in the term "vegetable container gardening".

Limited growing space can make vegetable container gardening appealing to the gardener. It is convenient for those who do not have a spacious garden, but who want to grow their own food.

Containers for vegetable container gardening vary from simple plastic pots through windowboxes to gro-bags and other bag-based containers. Often container gardeners will install complex automatic-watering irrigation systems, making care after planting much easier. The container growing method is particularly useful in areas where the soil or climate is unsuitable for the plant or crop in question, or for people who live in high rises with little or no conventional growing area. It's amazing how many crops you can produce on your balcony with careful planning.

Other benefits of container gardening are that it lowers the risk of soil-borne diseases and reduces or virtually eliminates weed problems. The gardener has more control over containerized plants to adjust moisture, sunlight and temperature. Because these plants can be moved around, you can move them from their original location to anywhere else, whether on a roof, in an atrium, on a balcony, in a windowbox, or on a patio or vivarium. This flexibility is another reason container gardening is popular with growers.

Selecting your crops carefully for the size of container you have available is important. For example, if you want to grow tomatoes, a gallon container is the minimum size I would recommend. Many people try to grow 3 to a growbag, but you will achieve better results by folding the bag in half, distributing the compost evenly to each end, then cutting along the fold and using each half as a pot, after adding drainage holes, one for each tomato plant.

Smaller plants, such as sweet and chilli peppers, can be grown successfully at 3 per growbag. Eggplants (aubergines) require quite a lot of heat, so should be grown in the sunniest position you can find, providing shelter from cooling winds, if you do not have a greenhouse or similar.

Bush beans will grow in the sort of troughs sold for ornamentals quite happily, spacing them at about 5 inches apart. Zucchini require the biggest pots you can find and will benefit from an irrigation system to provide sufficient moisture without wetting the fruits while they are developing.

Follow these simple tips and you will have success with your vegetable containers. Enjoy!

Vegetable container gardening is fun. Find out more about growing veg in containers at Vegetable Container Gardening Tips Article Source

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