Saturday, July 30, 2011

Growing Vegetables in Containers

If you don't have a big yard for a vegetable garden, or just want to get a little vegetable gardening in before we get a community garden plot in the neighborhood, try growing in containers.

This 10-Minute University (really almost 30 minutes) video, by Clackamas County, was filmed at the Oregon City Farmers Market. It has good tips to get you started. And here is a link to an article on growing veggies in containers from Around Town Magazine.

Master Gardener 10 Minute University-Growing Edibles in Containers from Clackamas County on Vimeo.

Here is a highlight Master Gardener, Darlene Reimer's tips from the video:
  • Bigger is better than small when it comes to containers, roots need room to grow.
  • Good drainage is important; containers must have drainage holes.
  • Don't use garden soil in containers, use a good quality soil less mix that will drain well.
  • Mix a slow-release fertilizer into the soil as you fill the pots.
  • Water the plants well before planing them in the container and then water them in.
  • Keep the plants watered and fertilized as the season progresses.

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