Yes you can
You just need the Right Pot in the Right
I will explain what I mean
The right Pot. You guessed it, by pot I mean container. Any size container can be used for growing vegetables from raised beds
through to flowerpots providing it has enough depth and space for root growth and is filled with the right soil. More about this later.
The right Spot. Nearly all vegetable plants grow better in full sunlight rather than in shade. However, Some vegetables will
tolerate shade, so you will need to select plants to suit the spot, Sunny or shady. More about which vegetables thrive in sun or shade later.
If your gardening is limited by space or poor soil. It really is worth having a go at homegrown vegetables. You can use containers placed on window sills, patios, your balcony, in fact
anywhere providing you follow the few simple guidelines set out in this article. Almost every vegetable that grows in a garden can be grown in a container.
Plant selection is less of a problem, One big benefit will be that you control the type of soil. This means
plant selection isn't limited to your type of soil. That vegetable you have always fancied growing,
but can't because it prefers dry sandy soil and your garden is on soggy hard clay, is no longer off limits. You just mix some compost and gritty sand into your pot of clay and
"Hey-Ho" that forbidden plant thrives. This is a major benefit and a lot cheaper than trying to change the soil in a whole garden. Change what you can and live with the stuff that you
Garden pests Slugs, snails and other garden pests are much easier to
control, and less weeding
Feeding and watering your plants is also easier,
People who find it difficult bending and getting around the garden will
see a major benefit. Growing vegetables in containers, especially raised beds, makes gardening accessible to the old and
people who find it difficult bending and getting around the garden.
Saving space is an obvious benefit of container gardening. Another
benefit will be the ability to move plants if frost is forecast by moving pots to a more sheltered spot near the house. Also, if plants are getting too little or too much sun, lighter or
wheeled containers can be moved to a better spot.
The growing season can be extended, by moving containers nearer to the warmer walls off your house in winter. Insulating pots and containers is also a lot easier.
Harvesting is the best bit. Eat the vegetables at their peak when full off flavour.
Soil for containers and pots. If you can, use soil from your own garden, even if it is clay. Clay soils retain moisture better than sandy soil, handy during long dry spells. It's also rich in the nutrients
vegetables need to grow, holding calcium, potassium, and magnesium. You can improve the texture of clay by
adding organic matter from your compost heap and a small amount of Grit sand.
Or buy it loose from a local topsoil supplier, it's a lot cheaper than buying it in small bags from garden centres.
Feeding your container grown vegetables. Whilst on the subject of compost, it is a good idea, even in a small garden, to set aside an area
for composting kitchen waste. My article linked here explains how easy it is to produce compost and organic liquid
fertiliser. It is better, organic and a lot cheaper than buying feed for your plants. Organic growers mix 20 percent
by volume of well-rotted manure into the lower half of the soil.
and Containers. Any container can be used for growing vegetable plants. Tupperware, large cans, tubs or raised
beds. As long as it's easy to handle and has enough depth. The minimum depth should be about 18 inches to allow space for root growth. Purpose made containers are fairly
cheap to purchase and even cheaper to make yourself from timber, breeze blocks even old tyres.
You might want to try growing in or making containers from hay or straw bales.
Good drainage is
important. If the container becomes waterlogged the vegetables will die. Drill or cut drain holes about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch from the
bottom and add an inch of coarse gravel in the bottom.
Seeding and Transplanting. If you
have saved seeds from last season's harvest you will know how to sow them. If not read the packet or go to my article sowing
seeds. It's really that easy. Always buy plants or seeds that suit your garden soil and shade or full sun. Choose disease-resistant varieties whenever you can.
Chemical free container gardening. Chemicals, even those labelled "organically acceptable" can cause more damage than good. Contact
killers sprays often hit and kill other plants, chemicals to treat fungal problems can be washed into the soil killing the gardener's best friend, the garden worm. By carefully checking plants
for problems like fungi. Before, introducing them into your garden and generally looking after them with correct feeding and watering, you need not become dependent on the use of
shade (the right Spot). Nearly all vegetable
plants grow better in full sunlight than in shade. So it is important to either choose the Right spot for the plant or the Right plant for the spot.
Fruit bearing plants like cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes will need a lot more light, so position them in the sunniest spot.
A few of the leafier vegetables grown for greens rather than for fruits or roots will grow in light or partial shade.
Shade tolerant vegetables include lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, kale and mustard greens. You may get smaller, thinner and paler coloured leaves when
grown in light shade, but the taste will be the same.
Try to avoid the use of chemicals, such as pesticides and
fertilisers. Almost all chemicals kill plants and animals beyond those targeted. Work with nature rather than against it. Organic gardeners want their plants to grow well, but not at any cost, instead accepting a certain level of