Not all of us have garden space but many enjoy gardening, and harvesting fresh produce. Growing veggies in containers may be the perfect way to achieve both aims.
With a few pots and containers you can transform your balcony, courtyard or patio in a kitchen garden practically overnight.
What you will need to grow veggies:
- Pots or containers with drainage holes (take a look at Household Plastic – we have an extensive range)
- A good soil mix (A good mix for your pots is one part each of garden soil, peat moss, and either perlite or coarse sand – ask at your local nursery). If the containers are big, put them in position before you fill them with soil.
- Healthy seedlings. You want to grow edible plants; this is where you make the choice.
Like with property, location, location, location is the word to remember. Choose a spot where your growing veggies are a bit protected. Although most veggies enjoy a day of sunshine, here in South Africa that can be a bit harsh, especially for more tender plants like lettuce.
How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots
You can grow tomatoes in pots almost anywhere if you have a sunny spot – about five/six hours sun a day. Remember, tomatoes need plenty of watering, so make sure they are easily accessible to you with a hose or watering can.
Homegrown tomatoes are delicious, super-sweet, so find the best kind of tomatoes for you.
Tomatoes are Climbing Plants
Remember to plant the seedlings alongside stakes as tomatoes are climbing plants.
Training them to grow on stakes has the benefit of requiring less space for them to grow in, and it keeps the plant off the ground which often results in the tomatoes rotting.
Be sure to dig a hole deep enough to cover two-thirds of the tomato stem to encourage more root growth.
Proper watering is a big key to success for growing tomatoes in pots. Keep soil consistently moist, but not saturated.
Keeping the Bugs Away
One of the most effective organic methods to do this is by companion planting, which means planting pest-repellent plants among your tomatoes to keep the insects away.
Three of the most effective companion plants for tomatoes include Sweet Basil, Marigolds and Mint, which keep aphids, fruit flies and a host of other pests at bay.
If you’re using single pots, it’s best to have one type of plant per pot, but in a larger planting box, companion planting is best.
Vegetables that Grow Well in Pots and Containers
- Beans. Most of the beans are climbers or bushier type, and they grow upward
- Peppers and Chillies
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