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No matter how small your space or green your thumb, growing vegetables in containers is an easy introduction to the national grow-your-own trend. When there are fresh veggies right outside your back door, why buy from a store?
Top reasons to grow veggies in containers
“I’m never going back to growing things in the ground,” she says.
Tips for container gardening
Containers: Any container will do, as long as it’s deep enough for the plant (check the seed packet). Just drill ½-inch drainage holes in the bottom.
Moss-Sprague suggests snagging 5-gallon food buckets from your grocery store or deli, or asking your neighborhood garden center for 5- to 7-gallon grower’s pots — both are free. Before using, wash out the container with a gallon of water mixed with a cup of chlorine bleach to kill off any lingering bacteria.
Soil: All-purpose soil is pretty goof-proof. But don’t use topsoil — it won’t work because it doesn’t have the required nutrients.
Plants: Read instructions on the seedling or seed packet first. The same rules for sun, watering, space, and hardiness zones apply to container vegetables.
Top 10 container vegetables
1. Tomatoes: All kinds do well in pots. Try grape and cherry varieties for easy growing — their small size makes them easy to handle. Put up a trellis because they love to climb.
Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/plants-trees/10-foolproof-vegetables-container-gardening/#ixzz2TIcf3kdC
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