Growing Vegetables in Containers
There are a great many of us who would like to produce our own vegetables for use in our own cooking at home but simply do not have the space to do so. This is something that puts many people off growing vegetables and they often find that they spend more money than they need to buying vegetables from their local supermarket which may not have been grown with the same care and attention as can be afforded to the home grown variety. But there is a solution to the problem.
Growing Vegetables in ContainersContrary to what a lot of people think it is possible to grow vegetables in containers either in a corner of your garden, a corner of your patio if you have on, or on a window sill should you live in a flat.
What Kind of Vegetables Can I Grow?You can grow a variety of vegetables as many of them have what are referred to as ‘mini varieties’ which have been grown specifically in small places. Such vegetables include :
- Runner Beans
- Cherry Tomatoes
These are just a few examples of the many different types of vegetable you can grow and your local nursery or garden centre should be able to provide you with an even longer list.
What Kind of Container Can I Use?Again this is very much dependent on the amount of space you have to utilise. If you have only a window sill for example then a plastic window box (or wooden one) can be used: this will allow you to utilise the entire length of the window sill without infringing on your ability to open the windows.
Here are a few examples of what you can use:
Kitchen ColanderWe have at one time or another had a kitchen colander that we have used for straining our vegetables and potatoes et al and have probably replaced it because it has no longer been fit for purpose. Well just because it is no longer fit for the purposes of straining vegetables indoors it does not mean it cannot be used as a means to grow them outdoors. Colanders provide a good amount of space to begin growing your vegetables (or indeed herbs) and also their holes are excellent for the purposes of drainage.
Terracotta PotsTerracotta pots work on two levels: they are good for planting miniature vegetables or herbs in and also they provide a pleasing aesthetic to whatever space you have available to use. Terracotta pots are not, contrary to popular believe, particularly expensive so purchasing two or three may be a worth while investment for your small kitchen garden.
Household ContainersIn this age of recycling it is worth looking at your household waste before you recycle it to see if there is anything that may well be useful to grow miniature vegetables and herbs in. Receptacles that make good growing containers include:
- Paint Pots
- Cooking Oil Drums (Catering size)
- Old Wastepaper Bins
- Plastic Jars
- Glass Jars
All of these are items that at some point in time you will no longer have use for so it is worth while to look at them in a different light and perhaps use them to help further your vegetable growing needs. You should also ensure that any pots or cans you use which may have contained products containing chemical residues are thoroughly washed and rinsed before potting.