Urban Gardening Guide to Grow Your Own Produce
There’s nothing quite so satisfying (and delicious!) than serving up a plate of homegrown vegetables. But unfortunately, many people have resolved themselves to the fact that they’ll never be able to grow their own produce due to a lack of space or the time to maintain them. Container gardening is the answer.
Gardening using pots and planters allows you to cultivate veggies on balconies, windowsills, driveways, and even in hanging baskets. Plus, growing them on a smaller scale is much less time-consuming as you don’t need to dig up vast quantities of soil or constantly action those troublesome weeds and bugs.
From how much to water them to which planters are best, here’s everything you need to know to get you started on your journey to growing a prices of veg, herbs, and salads.
Top Tips For Growing Produce In Containers
To ensure your vegetables flourish, you must provide them with plenty of water. Plants grown in pots tend to dry out faster than those in the earth, as the sides of their containers heat up when left in direct sunlight, especially during the warmer months, speeding up the process of evaporation. A few telltale signs your plants might not be getting enough moisture include wilted stems, stunted growth, and brown leaf tips. One handy hint to stop them from dehydrating is to give your veg a drink early in the morning or evening to avoid water being sucked up by the sun during the warmest parts of the day.
Another tip is to position your planters against a wall, hedge, or fence to protect them from the elements and keep them out of the wind, which can sometimes dry them out further. Also, always fill your containers with homemade compost or purchased potting mix, as soil from your garden is often too dense and can contain pests that will damage your plants.
What Planters Are Most Suitable For Growing Vegetables?
When it comes to picking the perfect planters for growing your vegetables, there are a couple of golden rules you should follow. Firstly, make sure your containers have adequate drainage as plants hate sitting around in pools of stagnant water, leading to ailments like root rot and mold. If the planters you’ve got your heart set on don’t have drainage holes, you can either drill your own or add an inner plant pot, but do make sure you regularly empty the outer container of excess water.
The second point you need to consider is the size of the planter because if there isn’t enough space for your plant’s roots to fan out, they won’t be able to gather the nutrients needed to thrive. At Pots, Planters and More, we have a massive selection of large outdoor planters, perfect for the job. We specialize in high-quality, commercial-grade fiberglass containers, and our pots are lightweight, making them easy to maneuver, incredibly durable, and available in an array of colors, styles, and dimensions to suit all of your growing needs.
The Best Vegetables To Grow In Pots
Although vegetable species prefer being grown in the ground, there’s an entire banquet of edible greenery that’s guaranteed to produce crop after crop when planted in containers. Here are three of our favorites:
Potatoes — typically grown from seed, these tasty tubers will deliver a plentiful harvest after two or three months, so long as you plant them in a deep enough pot and position them in a sunny, frost-free spot.
Salad greens — from lettuce to rocket, endive to spinach, salad leaves are a brilliant option for beginner container gardeners as they’re fast-growing, happy in small spaces, and get better protection from slugs and snails in pots.
Herbs — an excellent option for giving your dishes an instant burst of flavor. Fresh herbs have a much more potent taste than the dried varieties you pick up at the store. Almost any herb is suited to pot cultivation, including mint, basil, cilantro, and parsley. However, those with woodier stems, for example, rosemary and thyme, are hardier and cope better with inclement weather.