Begin a Container Garden (part three)
Container Gardening: Planting Your Container
Use this chart in addition to the information on the back of your seed packets to plant the proper number of plants in each container. Keeping your containers planted will extend the amount of food that you can produce in them.
A few tips:
1. As you harvest plant more seeds for a successive crop. Or replace one crop with another, for example, after you harvest an early crop of lettuce you can plant beans or squash in the same container.
2. Companion planting is a great way to maximize your space. For example, plant leaf crops with root crops. These vegetables access different areas of the soil for nutrients and can be grown in close proximity without competition.
3. Plant vegetables that will grow and can be harvested for a long time, such as Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, collards and kale.
4. Choose plants that can be planted thickly, then thinned out and eaten as they grow. Spinach, green onions, leeks, mustard greens, turnips, beets, lettuce and carrots can all be grown this way. “Baby” crops can be thinned out allowing the other crops room to grow bigger and be eaten later.
Proper watering is essential for a successful container garden as container will dry out quicker than a garden bed. Containers should be monitored for moisture regularly and watered at least once a day.
Mulch can be placed on top of the soil to maintain moisture, minimize weeds and maintain soil temperature. Straw, pine needles, grass clippings, shredded bark, and leaves are all examples of mulches.
For inspiration check out the container garden at Phipps!