Ok, I admit it…the reason I’m blogging about container gardening is because I received (drum roll, please) the summer 2012 issue of the Gardner’s Supply Company catalog!!
I also admit that after I put my daughter to bed last night, I sat, with my furry orange cat, and read the entire catalog cover to cover. What fun!! I’m already dreaming of those tasty tomatoes and veggies!
Here in NC, I don’t usually begin to plant early summer veggies until after tax day. By that point we are usually safe from having a frost AND I view getting the garden started as a reward after doing taxes.
As I mentioned last week, here is part 2 to our post on Easy Container Vegetable Gardening….enjoy!
Below are steps 5-7. If you didn’t catch steps 1-4, click here.
5) Plant your seeds
Cover Drainage Hole
In order to prevent soil from blocking water flow away from your plants, use Styrofoam peanuts, rocks, mesh screen, or broken pottery to loosely cover the bottom drainage hole.
Fill container 3/4 full with soil
You want your container to be 3/4 full, but remember that a small layer of Styrofoam peanuts can be added to the bottom of your container to decrease the amount of soil (and weight) needed for your container.
Pour water onto soil and mix
Adding water allows the soil to settle. You may need to add more
soil such that the container is 3/4 full with material.
Individual seeds have different growing requirements and seed packets come with instructions which provide information on how deep to plant your vegetables.
6) Water you plants
Watering will be the most important and time consuming part of raising a container garden. Containers can dry out very quickly, especially outside on a sunny summer day. Daily or even twice-daily watering may be necessary.
Check your soil daily
Feel the soil to test its moisture level. If the soil is damp, no more water is needed but be sure to check again tomorrow!
Water your plant
If the soil of your plants feels dry, apply water until it runs out the drainage holes. The soil should never be soggy or have water
standing on top of it. Be careful not to overwater!
7) Fertilize your plants
If you use a soil mix with fertilizer added, then your plants will have enough nutrients for 8 to 10 weeks. If plants are grown longer than 8 to 10 weeks, add a water-soluble fertilizer (such as Miracle-Gro) in the amount recommended on the package. Repeat every two to three weeks.
A special thanks goes to Lauren Paynter, co-author.