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Container Gardening Part 3

26 February 2010 No Comment

We are ready to plant our vegetable container garden, water and fertilize it.

Seeding and Planting
Okay now we have picked out our containers, our vegetables and we have our containers filled with some sort of media. We are ready to start planting. Some vegetables seeding will work fine others you should probably start with a transplant. Any local gardening center will have seeds and transplants.

It’s pretty easy to find organic seed but much more difficult to find organic plants, but we are not going to use harmful pesticides and herbicides on them any way so they will be mostly organic. You should start planting the same time you would plant them in your garden. Sow the seed or transplants according to the instructions on the seed package or transplant tag. Label each container with the name, variety and planting date, especially lettuce, spinach and radishes because you may be able to plant a second crop.

After you have them planted, gently soak the soil with water, being careful not to disturb the seeds. Some of your plants will need some sort of support such as tomatoes. We also support our peppers because they tend to fall over when they start producing peppers. You can add supports after your vegetables start growing.

Watering and Fertilizing
Watering will be essential for you to have a successful container vegetable garden. You will probably need to water everyday and maybe twice per day on very hot days. Watering will be fairly easy, just water until you see water run out of the drainage holes. Avoid wetting the foliage of your plants since wet leaves can encourage plant diseases. Proper drainage will be important as the drainage holes may become clogged. Poor drainage can kill the plants as they will die from lack of oxygen.

Check the container at least once a day and feel the soil to determine if it’s damp. Mulching and some sort of way to shield your plants from wind will also help reduce your watering requirements. After your vegetables have started to grow they will need some sort of fertilizer. There are now great organic fertilizers on the market.

If you started with transplants you can begin fertilizing right away. Apply fertilizer at the rated recommended on the package and fertilize every 2-3 weeks. You can also add compost to your containers. Avoid over fertilizing so you don’t burn or kill your vegetables.

Next we’ll discuss insects, diseases, sunlight and harvesting your vegetables!

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