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    Care and Feeding Vegetables in Containers

    Vegetables growing in containers on patios, balconies, or roof tops require special care when it comes to watering and feeding. Containers have a limited capacity for storing essential nutrients and moisture that ensure plant growth. The gardener must closely monitor container crops to be sure they are growing uninterrupted which, in turn, leads to the […] More

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    Potting Mix Ingredients

    A potting mix is a combination of organic particles and pores or spaces that hold air and water. Organic matter or soil holds nutrients. Air and water in a potting mix are necessary for roots and beneficial micro-organisms in the soil to grow and survive. Plants need air around their roots for nutrients to pass […] More

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    Crops for a Windy Balcony or Roof

    To grow vegetables and fruits on a windy balcony or roof terrace choose low-lying crops. Choose a large container but keep the soil level fairly low so that the container provides some protection to the plant. Add a thick layer of mulch—compost, planting mix, or straw—to protect the soil against the drying effects of wind. […] More

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    Best Times to Grow Vegetables in Containers

    Success growing vegetables is all about timing—in the garden or in containers. Temperature has much to do with success growing in containers. Root vegetables are cool-season crops. Leaf and stem crops prefer cool weather. Warm temperatures—and longer days—are needed for fruiting vegetables to grow and mature. Knowing the average last frost date in spring and […] More

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    Vegetable Plant Spacing in a Container

    Giving a vegetable plant the space it needs to mature is essential. Proper spacing insures that roots do not compete for moisture and nutrients and that above ground growth is not crowded and has needed exposure to light and good air circulation (essential for preventing disease). Leafy and root crops can be started in containers […] More

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    Soil and Planting Mediums for Containers

    Soil delivers nutrients and water to plant roots and anchors plants in place. Because the planting medium in containers is limited its composition is very important to plants growing there. A container planting mix must be nutrient rich and hold moisture for several days. It must be soft and friable and resist compaction so that […] More

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    Containers for Container Gardens

    Containers for container gardens can be terracotta, wood, plastic, or metal.  Choose the style that best fits your patio, balcony, or roof terrace. The larger the container the less watering and feeding will be needed since larger containers can hold more soil or potting medium, moisture, and nutrients required by plants. Small pots and window […] More

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    More Best Herbs for Container Growing

    Culinary herbs that grow well in containers include basil, chives, cilantro, dill, common fennel, garlic, lemon balm, mint, oregano and marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, French tarragon, and thyme. Herbs require well-drained soil, so use a good potting mix for container growing. (See the How to Grow instructions below for each herb.) Because culinary herbs are […] More

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    Best Herbs for Container Growing

    Many useful culinary herbs grow well in containers. Basil, chives, cilantro, dill, common and Florence fennel, garlic, lemon balm, mint, oregano and marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, French tarragon, and thyme are excellent choices for container growing. Grow these culinary herbs in pots near the kitchen door or on a windowsill so they are readily at […] More