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Container Gardens

Just about any container can be used to grow vegetables.

Old bathtubs, old boots, paddling pools, large ceramic posts, old plastic rubbish bins, big old coffee sacks.
Buckets, window boxes, wooden crates.
Small is Ok.
You will just have to put a small plant in it; the point is creativity.

Guidlines for Container Gardening.

  1. Place your container where it will get maximum sunlight.

  2. Good drainage is essential.

    • Place gravel in the bottom of pots.
    • Raise container onto a couple of bricks if necessary.
    • Drill 10mm holes in the bottom of plastic containers. Newspaper in the bottom will stop the soil falling out.
    • Porous ceramics(and hesian sacks) will dry out faster - always keep an eye on when they are getting dry.

  3. A growing medium other than soil is best as soil compacts too solidly.

    • Either buy potting mix or...
    • Use the compost you have made. You may need to add some sand, sawdust or wood chips depending on what you're planting (ask the people you get the seeds off, or read the back of the packet). The main concern is to have well draining soil that still retains enough moisture to keep roots moist.

  4. Feed your plants.

    • Because the soil drains well, the nutrients will also wash away so you may need to feed your plants.
      Make a liquid fertiliser by using a bokashi bucket, or hanging a cloth bag of seaweed in a big bucket of water for a couple of weeks.

Vegetables in containers

Vegetables Most suitable Varieties Recommended Min Depth of Container
Cabbage Earliball/Sugarball 25cm
Capsicum All 40cm
Carrot Baby/Chantenay 25cm
Cress Salad Curled 10cm
Cucumber Salad Bush 40cm
Eggplant All 40cm
Herbs Many types 20cm
Lettuce Cos/Salad mix/Buttercrunch 25cm
Mustard Quick Salad 10cm
Onion Spring/Shalot Bunching 20cm
Radish   20cm
Silver Beet Fordhook Giant 25cm
Tomato Tiny Tim/Small Fry 30cm
Zucchini-marrow Blackjack /Greyzini hybrids /Lebanese 40cm

This is an abstract from the booklet "just gardening" feb 2009
Produced by The Social Justice commission of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa.

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