Container Vegetable Gardening: Tomato = A, Pepper = B, Cucumber = C

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Growing Veg in Containers: Tomato = A, Pepper = B, Cucumber = C

Growing Veg in Containers: Tomato = A, Pepper = B, Cucumber = C

Container Vegetable Gardening: Tomato = A, Pepper = B, Cucumber = C

If you have limited garden space, but want to grow your own vegetables, then container gardening is a good option to do so.

Whether you grow vegetables in pots or in a raised bed made out of recycled wood and flat river rocks, you will be successful by following a few basic rules.

Match the container size to the vegetable plant you are trying to grow.

Peppers can be grown in fairly small containers, tomatoes and cucumbers require more space.

Vegetables with shallow roots need less deep containers. Topsy-Turvy tomato planters (upside-down hanging containers) are very popular, and great if you have limited space.

You need to use a good quality potting mix, to provide support to the root ball, as well as nutrients and water. Buy the best you can afford.

Watering must be constant. Tomato plant care can be tricky. You must keep the soil moist, but don't over-water, to keep nutrients from washing out of the container.

You will also have to fertilize your vegetables, with both time-release fertilizer when you first plant them in the containers, then with half-strength diluted liquid fertilizer when they start to bloom and set fruit.

Pick varieties of vegetables suited for small gardens. Determinate type tomatoes, for instance, don’t grow as large as indeterminate types, so they perform better in containers.

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