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Mar 28

Container Gardening

Posted by Plant Crazy on Friday, March 28, 2014

When we hear the term container gardening we tend to think of pots in all shapes and sizes overflowing with colorful annuals such as hibiscus, petunias, million bells and the list goes on.

The fastest growing trend in container gardening right now is edibles. That's right, you can grow any vegetable in a container as long as the container is large enough to accommodate the 'roots'

No matter what you are growing in a container your soil is your most important investment, make sure it is free draining and rich in nutrients. We recommend Fafard Agro Mix , Connoisseur Mix or Veranda mix - depending on what you are growing. Never use soil from your garden (they are way too heavy) or old tired potting mixes. We also recommend that you use Fafard Bio-Sol (sea compost) A small amount can be mixed through your soil or you can add a layer to the bottom of the container. We believe that adding a layer to the bottom of the container has the most benefit, as the roots grow down through the soil, the plant has grown and started to put out large amounts of energy which depletes nutrients then all of a sudden the roots have reached the layer of compost and the plant is given a much needed boost.

When growing veggies in pots, bigger is always better. When choosing containers remember lighter colors will hold less heat so they are perfect for lettuce where a darker colors especially black will hold in the heat . The material the container is made of is important as well. Wood and terra cotta will be cool while plastic and metal may be warmer.

 Do not over crowd your plants always allow for the plant to mature fully otherwise you may be disappointed in your crop. Crowded plants produce fewer and smaller fruits. Crowding also stresses the plants making them more susceptible to pest and diseases. Air flow is critical. All edibles require lots of light but remember full sun doesn't mean hot baking sun. Greens and lettuce can do with a little less sun then say tomatos or peppers.

Watering is critical .....be faithful or better yet use automatic irrigation. Some plants will develop problems if the soil becomes too dry especially tomatoes. They will develop blossom end rot if you forget to water.

Last but not least don't forget the fertilizer. We prefer organic fertilizers when growing vegetables. Neptune's Harvest is a great one to use - well balanced with fish and seaweed. Whatever is available will do as long as you feed regularly.

Any questions please feel free to contact us at admin@plantcrazy.ca

Happy Gardening :)