Are you interested in growing fall vegetables, but don't want to commit a lot of yard space to the task? Consider growing your vegetables in containers. You can grow more vegetables in a smaller space than you might imagine. There are some great advantages of growing vegetables in containers.
- Good soil: By filling the container with a lightweight potting soil, you provide an environment that allows the roots to grow more freely. Not only can you grow more vegetables in a smaller space with a light potting soil, but root crops such as carrots, beets, potatoes or radishes can form more easily as they don't have to push heavy native clay out of the way to form bulbs.
- Limited weeds: Unlike garden soil which has generations of weed seeds laying below the surface waiting to be given the opportunity to grow, potting soil is generally weed free when purchased. You can further limit weeds in your container by mulching or using landscape fabric.
- Easier maintenance: When you vegetables are growing in a few containers in a small space, it's easier to keep control of weeds, watering and maintenance. You still have to do the maintenance, but at least it's only over a few square yards of growing space.
- More production in a smaller space: When planting seeds or transplanting plants, place them closer together in the planter. The combination of good soil, fertilizer and regular watering will allow more plants to be grown in a container than in the same amount of native soil.
- Ability to move planters to optimize sunlight: As your plants grow, you may notice that some do better in full sun while other do better in partial shade. One of the advantages of growing plants in containers is that you can move the container if you determine that the plant needs more or less light. If the plant becomes wilted easily despite regular watering, it may be in too much direct sunlight. If the plants become long and leggy, not full, the plant may not have enough sunlight.
Enjoy the attached video featuring Dave Epstein from Growing Wisdom as he explains how to plant and grow an abundant harvest of carrots using a 27" x 14" container.
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