Creating your own garden and growing your own produce is a great way to live a more healthy life all while cutting your budget and being able to grow your own food. You get to save money on produce you would buy in the store and since you are the one growing your food, you know exactly how your produce is handled, keeping it safe and healthy for your body.
One hurdle that people face if they want to grow a garden is not having the land and space to actually grow their own produce. Whether you live in an apartment or rental home, or just don’t have an ideal area, container gardening is something that can help you grow the healthy food you want. Here are some tips on how to grow produce in containers.
How to Grow Produce in Containers
Decide What You Want to Grow in Containers
Do plenty of research on what you want to grow, what you want to eat, and what you can handle. Start small and think about how much attention certain plants need and regarding size, water, shade and how much space you can handle. I recommend working your way up in difficulty if this is your first time container gardening.
Picking Seeds for Container Gardening
There are many different plants that do very well growing in a container. Some vegetables that do very well are lettuce, carrots, onions, peas, tomatoes, and peppers. You can also try growing strawberries in containers as well.
Picking Containers for Growing Produce
Larger containers where your plants have the best chance to survive is ideal. You also don’t have to spend tons of money on containers. Plastic container bins work perfectly in most cases. When buying the seeds, you will want to do some research on if a larger container or a more shallow one is needed due to a particular plant's need for depth.
How to Position Containers for Growing Produce
Make sure your containers are in the position to receive plenty of sunlight if they need this. The good thing about container gardening is that you can also move your produce around depending on their need. If a certain plant does well in cooler areas, then you can move that plant around to find it’s ideal space. Watch your plants for growth, wilting and dryness of soil to know if you need to water more or maybe move it into an area that receives more of less sun during the day. Some plants even do better in partial sunlight, so they might do well in a shadier area.
Container gardening involved a lot of trial and error, but is well worth it. Take the time to pick the right produce you want and read the packaging on the seeds to make sure you give them the attention they need. You can also ask for advice at your local nursery about plants you are considering buying as seedlings also do well in containers.
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