Growing Vegetables in Containers Albuquerque NM
Annuals, Arrangement Accessories, Brass / Copper Containers, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Container Gardening, Container Plants, Containers - Decorative, Decorative Planters & Urns, Educational Books & Tapes, Ferns, Fertilizers, Furniture / Structures, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Tools, Gardening Supplies, Hand Tools, Home Furnishings, Houseplants, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Lightweight Containers, Metal & W…
Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Bulbs, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Flower Seed, Fountains - Decorative, Furniture / Structures, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Giftware, Greenhouse Growers, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Landscape Contractors, Landscape Design, Landscaping Services, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Statues / Sculptures, Trees, Vines, Water Garden Suppl…
Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Flower Seed, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Wildflower Seed
Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Flower Seed, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Greenhouse Growers, Heirloom Plant Nurseries, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Peat Moss, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Potted Flowering Plants, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Soil & Amendments, Trees, Vegetables, Wildflower Seed
Annuals, Arrangement Accessories, Cactus / Succulent, Chemicals, Christmas Ornaments & Decorations, Christmas Trees, Christmas Trees - Cut, Christmas Trees - Live Container, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Drip Irrigation Supplies, Educational Books & Tapes, Fertilizers, Flower Seed, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Supplies, Gifts & Accents, Giftware, Groundcovers, Herbs, Holiday Items, Horticulture Companies, Industry Supplies & Servic…
Rio Rancho, NM
Flower Seed, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Horticulture Companies, Plants, Seed, Wildflower Seed
Rio Rancho, NM
Flower Seed, Seed, Wildflower Seed
Growing Vegetables in Containers
If you don't have room for a garden, or only want to grow a few vegetables, planting in containers is the best way to go. Almost any vegetable can grow in a container and with a little care can produce abundantly. Here's how to get started.
Tools and Materials
- Containers of various sizes
- Sterilized potting soil
- Drip or hose irrigation
It's all in the pot. When selecting a container, remember that bigger is better as far as ease of maintenance and size of harvest. Half whiskey or wine barrels or similar-sized pseudo terra-cotta containers are large enough to accommodate vegetables such as large tomatoes, eggplant, and squash, with room to spare for companion plantings of smaller choices such as carrots and lettuce. Five-gallon containers can hold dwarf tomatoes, peppers, beans, and many small leafy greens. A window box is even large enough to grow radishes and arugula.
And in the soil. For proper drainage, containers need to have holes in the bottom. Also, use only sterilized potting soil. Garden soil may contain diseases and may not be well drained. Because you're planting in such a small space, you'll have to be very conscious of watering and fertilizing regularly. Water with drip irrigation or by hand whenever the soil is dry 4 to 6 inches deep.
Fertilize every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer for vegetables, or add controlled-release fertilizer at planting time, supplemented with a water-soluble fertilizer when needed. For large containers, mulching with straw or bark conservs moisture.
Best plant combinations. Containers allow you to plant combinations that are both edible and attractive. For example, try creating a salad container with different colors of leaf lettuce, a bush cucumber, a dwarf patio-type tomato, and even herbs such as parsley. How about a tomato sauce barrel with a tomato plant in the center, herbs such as oregano and basil on the sides, and onions interplanted between the herbs? Or a root crop roundup container with beets, carrots, radishes, onions, and parsnips in a foot-deep container?
Choose bush varieties of large vegetables such as squash.
Production may be less than with full-sized kinds, but plants will be much easier to care for.
To save space, consider growing some plants up. Choose pole beans over bush beans, and trellis them along the back of a container. This leaves space in front to plant other vegetables.
Photography from the National Gardening Association.