Successful Organic Gardening in Containers
by Julie Williams
While container gardening may have its limitations, there are some great
benefits.








Soil

You need to purchase premium potting mix for growing in containers. Don't be
tempted to use soil from the garden in your pots as it will become compact and
heavy, not allowing water to drain well. A premium potting medium is a must. It is
lighter and so provides excellent drainage.

You will need to provide all your plants nutrients as most potting mixes do not come
with organic fertilizer. Remember that more is not better when it comes to applying
fertilizer. Too much fertilizer in contact with your plant's roots will burn them. Always
follow the directions on packaged fertilizers. There are many organic fertilizers
available to choose from so look for blends suited to the type of plant you are
growing - leafy, flowering, vegetables, etc.

Container plants need watering more frequently than normal garden plants, and as a
result the water leaches away fertilizers. So container grown plants benefit from
liquid feeds on a regular basis throughout their growing season. You can purchase
organic liquid fertilizers if you don't have room to make your own. Use them for foliar
feeding and drenching the soil around your plants.

Watering

Because container plants are above ground the sun and wind will dry potting soils out
quicker than plants grown in the ground. During summer you will need to take care
that your pots do not dry out.

Water containers when the soil dries out to a depth of 1-2cm (1/2 inch). Apply water
with a soft flow to be gentle on your plants and the soil. In really hot weather I
usually re-water about 30 minutes after my initial watering. This is beneficial in
containers as plants cannot always take up the water quickly.

It is important to make sure that your containers have adequate drainage or your
plants will suffer and ultimately die if the roots are permanently sitting in water. If
your containers sit on the ground bottom holes may not drain readily. If they are on
a patio or are just off the ground, there should be no problem with bottom holes. If
you're not sure, make side holes.

Pieces from an old broken clay pot or fly wire placed over the holes will keep the
potting mix from packing around the holes and reducing drainage, as well as keeping
it in the pot.

You can add some mulch to larger pots in summer to help prevent them from drying
out. I like to use pea straw.

Choosing the right plants

When you're growing in containers you will need to look for varieties that are the
most suitable for growing in small areas. Many herbs make excellent container
specimens. You could start with some of the smaller vegetables such as radishes,
lettuce, onions, capsicum or chillies, eggplant, short varieties of carrots, bush beans
etc. Container planting is ideal to try out some companion planting techniques. You'll
have better success if your plant combinations are happy ones! If you plant in three
weekly successions you may be able to achieve continuous production of some
plants.

You can also try some climbing plants providing you have some trellis or railing for
support. Strawberries grow well in containers, particularly hanging baskets if they are
not allowed to dry out.

Location

Choose a position for you container plants where they get about six hour sun each
day, preferably morning sun rather than afternoon sun. ou may also need to protect
your plants from falling over in strong winds. If you have many pots they might
provide some protection for each other. Place the tallest plants along walls or trellises.

Many conventional gardeners find themselves with more than just a few plants
growing in containers. I wouldn't think of any other way to grow mints as they are
just impossible if they escape into the garden. And how many people have the space
for a full grown bay tree, when they only use a few leaves each week?

Yes, they take a little extra care, but we are well rewarded with our bounties. Try
growing a few pots together. They look great and they provide a suitable micro-
climate for each other. Good luck with yours!


About The Author

Julie Williams

Hi, I am an avid organic gardener and am known by my friends as the recycling
queen. I live on a small country property in South Australia.  It is my mission to
encourage as many people as possible to start organic gardening ( I know you'll
become addicted). This will improve both our individual lives and the wellbeing of our
personal and global environments. Anyone can grow their own healthy food with
Organic Gardening -
.  Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy
Living...Julie Williams -
.
Space can be at a premium,
especially these days when
apartments and condos are so
popular. A simple solution for those
wanting to grow at least a few basic
herbs and vegetables is to grow in
containers. Maybe you don't have the
time to maintain a large vegetable
garden, or you have a physical
condition that prevents you bending
down or using the usual gardening
tools. Whatever the reason,
container gardening can be a great
way to produce some of your organic
food needs.
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