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.
- Place your container where it will get maximum sunlight.
- Good drainage is essential.
A growing medium other than soil is best as soil compacts too solidly.
- 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.
Feed your plants.
- 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.
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
|| Most suitable Varieties
||Recommended Min Depth of Container
|| Cos/Salad mix/Buttercrunch
||Tiny Tim/Small Fry
|| Blackjack /Greyzini hybrids /Lebanese
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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