Container gardening is more than a notion! What was a growing trend has become serious business. With national economy continuing to spin in negative space…with more and more people taking charge of their own health…with eco-consciousness at an all-time high, it makes sense to grow your own vegetables.
If you're concerned about upfront cost, we've gathered the best of the best ideas for container gardening on-the-cheap.
Wouldn't it be lovely to grow veggies in a hand-painted china container? Lovely, but not exactly cost effective! Here are a few ideas on how to obtain cheap-to-free containers.
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Right Size Container
Congratulations on using your ingenuity to obtain a stash of containers. Now, you need to put every vegetable in his correct sized pot. Here are a few suggestions for vegetables that thrive in containers:
• Broccoli – One plant per 5-gallon container
• Tomatoes - One plant per 5-gallon pot
• Peppers – One plant per 2-gallon container
• Carrots – 5-gallon container, minimum 12" deep
• Squash – One plant per 2-gallon pot. Tip: the pinstriped squash is a conversation starter and tastes yummy!
• Cucumber – One plant per 5-gallon pot
• Onions – 5-gallon wooden planter or pot
• Garlic – needs 8" deep container – hand painted china pot?
Free Seeds or Money-Off Coupons
• Gardening Catalogs – In order to keep ahead of competition, many gardening catalogs advertise through money-off coupons. When you receive your order it will usually include free seed packets.
• Friends or Colleagues – Do you have friends or coworkers who are obsessed with gardening? Consider hosing a seed swap. Have everyone bring a dessert and spare seeds to swap. Brew a pot of coffee and let the fun begin!
• Online Seed Swaps – Check the internet for seed swap websites. Most people will send seeds free, provided you pay the postage.
• Seeds from the Cupboard – Virtually any seeds from your pantry make fair game for planting. Get a few dried beans or peas such as lentils, red beans and chick peas from the pantry. Put in a pot and cover with
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Container gardening is a style of small space gardening in which vegetables and flowers are planted in containers instead of directly in the ground. One reason container gardening has become so popular in recent years is that the containers can be moved around to areas where a person might not normally think of planting a vegetable garden. Patios, stoops, sidewalks and even along driveways are some of the more typical places that a gardener might grow container vegetables. While you can use just about any style of container for growing vegetables, the container must have drainage holes and be large enough to support the plant. But, exactly what IS the right size? Selecting the right sized container for vegetables. There's a lot of trial and
UVI has found this to be an effective and low-cost way of producing high quality yields (Heidemann, n.d.). Staggering the planting allows for the most efficient use of the fish tank effluent for fertility (Rakocy, 2004) Tomatoes and peppers will be grow using traditional fixed beds to allow for trellising; this allows for more higher plant density but requires large labor inputs to train the plants. Plants will be grown from seed to allow for lower production cost and the sale of seedlings as added revenue. This will also allow us to experiment with different varieties to see which best suits our needs. Tomato varieties will be indeterminate to allow for continuous harvest, and will include a mixture of small, medium, and large tomatoes. Hot and mild peppers will be grown, with a concentration on bell peppers, jalapenos, and poblanos. Proper pruning to increase airflow will reduce the incidence of bacterial diseases on tomatoes and peppers (Maisabni, 2009). Use of resistant varieties will also reduce the risk of pest problems.
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