If you are planning to grow fruit and vegetables in your garden this summer, then you should look no further than using containers. Ideal when there is little outdoor space, containers present a great way of experimenting with fruit and veg. There are lots of fruit and veg to choose from than can flourish and grow when planted in hanging baskets, grow bags or a window box. Not only this, growing in containers such as these protect fruit and veg from slugs, provide the perfect soil and are quick and easy to plant.
Some common examples are: herbs, salad leaves, tomatoes, chard, beetroot. There are of course some rules that must be followed if you are to grow your fruit and veg successfully using containers, they are:
- Use the largest containers possible in the spaces available as the more room vegetable roots have, the better they’ll grow. Thus, it is always better to go for the biggest containers, although most fruit and veg, particularly salads will still grow well in small areas.
- It goes without saying that plants need water to survive, particularly those in pots and containers, as they rely on you for their water supply. Water container-grown veg must be watered every day, sometimes even twice a day during hot spells. As always though, you must be careful not to over water so be extra mindful of this when caring for your fruit and veg daily.
- As well as watering your produce, it is really important you add weekly liquid feeds as after the first 6-8 weeks, the nutrients derived from the compost will run out.
- For the fastest growing crops, re-sow every month. Salads, herbs, beetroot and turnips are just some of the crops that should sow and keep picking continuously at least once a month.
- To ensure to choose the best varieties for your garden, keep an eye out for the words “patio veg” or “container veg” next time you are shopping for seed packets.
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