Summer is almost here folks! Along with summer comes the perfect opportunity to try your hand at gardening. Producing your own food is beneficial for a number of reasons. Some of them include, providing your family with healthier meals for dirt cheap, enjoying better quality or fresher produce than most grocery stores are able to provide, and being more self sufficient, just to name a few. Although this sounds all well and good, for people who live in apartments or otherwise have no place for a garden the thought of being able to grow produce at home may seem impossible. Well, where there’s a will there’s a way!
Option #1: Garden in containers
For people who have a deck, or even a small balcony, a great option is to use various types of containers to create garden space. Container gardening is fairly simple all you need is
– A container
Any container will do as long as it’s large and sturdy enough to hold the plant, has holes in the bottom for water drainage, and aeration.
Make sure to use at least in part a soilless kind, which you can get at any gardening center, as it allows for better aeration of your roots, allowing the plant to receive more nutrients, and grow you more produce.
Any old water will do, if it’s safe for you, it’s safe for your plants. Knowing when to water, is just a matter of checking the soil with your fingers. if it feels moist, no need to water. If it feels dry, give your plants a good watering. How often you need to water will change with the weather, so feeling the soil is important to reduce the chance of over and under watering. Make sure you give your plants enough water, so that the water reaches the roots at the bottom of the container. A good guide line is to water until water starts to seep out of the holes in the bottom of the container.
– Adequate sunlight
Pick a spot for your make shift garden that gets lots of sunlight. Most vegetables (but not all) that grow best in container (tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc) need approximately 6 hours of direct sunlight a day to thrive.
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Things to keep in mind
- The bigger the container the better, typically a size of at least 10” wide and 12” deep is best.
- The package in which your seeds come in often give great instructions on how to plant that particular seed, and also how much sunlight that plant will need. Some plants (like cabbage, or lettuce) grow best is shaded spots that only get around 3 hours of light of so.
- If you live someplace that gets a pretty windy weather, consider putting a few rocks in the bottom of your container to make it more sturdy, and using some kind of bungee cord to link your container to a railing so your plants stay put.