Why Grow Summer and Winter Vegetables in Your Home Garden Or Pots in Your House?
Growing vegetables in your house – whether it is in pots or in plots – is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable activities you can indulge in if you want to have nutritious, fresh vegetables on your table. There are however, many reasons why you might want togrow vegetablesin your house. Here are some of the main ones:
- If you live in an apartment and have no garden, you can still grow certain vegetables in containers and containers on your balcony or windowsill. The key here is to ensure that the containers have adequate ventilation – this is easily accomplished by trimming the bottom of the containers to allow fresh air to enter. Great ventilation will also help to prevent the containers from drying out.
- You don’t have to grow huge quantities of vegetables to be able to feed your family. Unless you have a decent stock of tomatoes, beans and other vegetables, which you could grow constantly, fresh vegetables are something the family really does not need. A small crop of tomatoes can be grown in the span of a month or two. This is true for other vegetables as well. You can begin growing a little food in late winter in a few specially prepared containers and containers.
- Another great thing about growing vegetables in containers is that you can grow them year round. You will find that most annually blooming plants will happily bloom again after the frost is off the ground. Even plants that bloom perennially can be successfully grown in containers. You can keep these plants in a sheltered spot in a cold greenhouse, or even indoors throughout the winter. For growers with large greenhouses, the answer is obvious.
- If you grow certain types of herbs in containers, they can be moved outdoors when the weather gets too cold. For example, if you want to grow basil, cilantro, and oregano, you can keep these herbs in temporary containers and move them to your garden, where they’ll re-bloom, and then they’ll come back to the temporary place after the frost has gone.
- Watering your plants. It is a common gardening tip to water deeply and not simply sprinkle water over the soil. When you do water, make sure to keep the drops coming up so that the soil is soaked. Sprinkling water over the soil dries it out – it is like a quick shower in a dry climate.
- Don’t let the roots dry out. The roots of your plants need water in order to absorb nutrients and hold onto to soil. If you forget to water your plants for a while, it will be OK to let the soil dry a little so that the roots can absorb the moisture, but don’t let the soil dry so that the roots are not supplied with water. There is a problem developing over watering in some warmer climates. If the soil seems dry, but the leaves seem wet, you are providing too much water.
- Be picky about the soil that you use as starter mix for your plants. Plant mix soils are NOT recommended as the nutrients are usually low.
- The best way to fertilize is to water solublely or weekly. Also, liquid or water-soluble fertilizer needs to be mixed with water so the plant can absorb it.
- Trimming of leaves should be done at the beginning of the season (fall) and the beginning of each month during the growing season. Do not wait until the growing season to do the trimming.
- The root system of the plant should be pruned during the growing season and new growth formed during the winter. However, you cannot trim or divide plants the same year you harvest them unless they are part of a planned landscape.
- Remove diseased, damaged or infested plants at the end of the season and dispose of them. Some plants need to be removed at the end of the season and their roots and bodies preserved for future planting. Do it now before the new planting season starts.
- Remember, some plants need to be removed at the end of the season for various reasons, so plan it all out.
- Remember, if you can’t remember, never forget!! You might need to consult written instructions, or another landscape document to finish the job off.
- Planting with gaps, like a row of two planted apples, or herbs with a row of tomatoes, makes for a great, eye-catching landscape. Make sure the “roles” are filled with soil and mulch.
“White spaces” including white roses, white daffodils, white lilies and white tulips create a dramatic contrast and provide depth.
- Outdoor lighting is very important to many garden locations.