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Container Vegetable Gardening Tips

If you are like most of us here in San Diego, you lack garden space, which means you have to grow in pots and containers, or what we like to call “container vegetable gardening”.  Well have no fear! San Diego Seed Company is here to help.

Here we list our top tips for helping you succeed in growing your garden out of container:

1. Use good soil in your vegetable containers!

Undoubtedly soil is the most important factor (aside from water!) that will make or break your success in container vegetable gardening.  What many people don’t realize, is that a plant cannot survive in just potting soil alone.  For that reason it is important to add compost and organic fertilizer for the plants to be really happy. In fact, we suggest you mix half potting soil with half compost and the amount of fertilizer that is recommended by the manufacture.

2. Why use organic fertilizer when container vegetable gardening?

Organic fertilizer will give your plants much more than just foo, it will help to build a happy soil biology that will make your plants grow strong and stay healthier longer.

3. Drainage is key in container vegetable gardening

In the event that your pots do not have drainage holes in them, it is vital for you to add them. If there is no way for excess water to escape, your plants can drown during heavy watering’s.

4. Water frequently!

A plant will dry out a lot quicker when in a pot, than it will if it is in a large pot or in the ground, because there is far less soil to hold extra moisture. In order to keep the moisture in the soil longer, you can use things like mulch or moss.

5. Choose varieties correctly

When choosing your plants it is best to purchase varieties that are known to grow small or compact, to make the most out of your patio growing. This means determinate or bush varieties of tomatoes are best for container growing since they need little support and tend to be very compact.

6. Place the pots in the appropriate spot

A perk of growing in pots is that they can easily be moved around. It is important to consider that veggies are full sun, and require 6-8 hours of light to really thrive. Keep these details in mind when you are deciding where to place your veggies and herbs.

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