Organic Gardening

What are the best types of vegetables for organic container gardening?

shutterstock_438469852Organic container gardening can be the perfect substitute for an organic garden for many people. In a big number of cases, people who wish to grow their own vegetables cannot because of logistical issues. A lack of backyard or ground space or having pets around is the common hindrance. Luckily, organic container gardening is an amazing alternative.

For one, organic container gardening is highly convenient. With this kind of gardening, it means that your vegetables are kept fresh and right in your own home. If you’re craving for a salad or perhaps looking for some broccoli to match with your tender steak dinner, you can just walk a few steps and get what you need in its most fresh state. The bonus is that it’s a price that doesn’t hurt your wallet! This is also perfect for those living in apartments and who prefer growing their own vegetables so as to save money. This may  also save a bit of time looking for products you can trust at a grocery store.

When growing vegetables in your own organic container garden, you would want to look for vegetables that are compact in nature and can grow even in tight, confined spaces. Most herbs are of this nature, however let’s be more specific. Here are some of the top examples of vegetable types that are most suitable for your organic container garden.

Artichoke

Artichokes are perennial thistles that thrive in mild climates. They can easily wither if temperatures get to below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and are usually planted as seeds in the winter so they can be edible by midsummer. There are two types of artichokes: the green and the purple. By nature, artichokes are difficult to grow, but once they produce edible buds, they are very much worth the trouble.

Arugula

If you’re a big fan of spices, Arugula might just be perfect for you, as it’s one of the easiest to grow in container gardens. Because its roots are more shallow than normal, Arugula seeds only require shallow containers. The best time to plant Arugula is in full sun or under a shade during midday. Be careful not to grow your Arugula in warm areas, especially out in the open when the sun is scorching. This makes the vegetable bitter. Harvest it every week or so and you will find yourself with constant supply.

Bok Choy

When you’re crafting a tasty salad, Bok Choy is usually your best friend. Bok Choy is a type of Chinese cabbage that’s typically used in cooked dishes. What’s great about it is that you can still harvest this vegetable in the summer when lettuces and other greens used for salads are unavailable. It’s also perfect for container gardening as the roots of the Bok Choy don’t go so deep into your container. When planting Bok Choy, you wouldn’t have to worry about planting so many as you can repeatedly harvest over time.

Celery

Being one of the most common vegetables to grow, celery has been used for so many dishes all around the world. Of course, it’s been mostly for salads. Luckily, celery is easy to grow and all it takes is a good environment indoors and nutrient-rich, moist soil. Because celery requires constant moisture, the best location for celery to be planted is in an area that has sunlight but also quick access to water. Celery should be ready to be harvested after three months.

Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and allows for multiple harvests over a long span of time. It’s one of the most commonly used vegetables too, precisely because it contains a good mix of a variety of nutrients. Start with loose-leaf lettuce as they are the ones that you can harvest over and over again weeks apart. Lettuce best grows in cool climates, and this vegetable requires healthy soil before planting. It’s soil with integrated compost, to be exact.

Onion

Onions are actually easy to grow, even in contained spaces. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, so there are many you can choose from. You can also grow onions from transplants, or seedlings that have grown in the current season and are sold in bunches. Growing your onions from transplants can speed up the process of growing but make the plant prone to health issues. Growing your onions in sets (immature bulbs grown beforehand) are usually the best option as they are the easiest to plant and harvest, and are not prone to health-related issues. The third alternative is growing your onion in seeds. This allows for healthier ways to grow for the onions. Sadly, takes up to 4 months before you can harvest. The best time to plant onions are in spring as these vegetables prefer cooler areas to grow.

Tomato

 When you want to make that perfect tomato sauce to put on your pasta, or even just for a hearty BLT sandwich, growing tomatoes right in your backyard proves to be a convenience. At first glance tomatoes may seem intimidating to grow, especially in a contained garden. When in a contained garden, the kind of tomatoes you would want to grow would have to be the compact, shrub type instead of those that grow on vines. When planting tomatoes, you can plant them in plastic or fiberglass containers instead of ceramic pots. Keep them in an area that’s warm but at the same time remember to keep the soil moist.

Eggplant

With eggplants, there are a lot of different varieties to try. Oblong ones, Japanese eggplants, small-fruited eggplants, and novelty eggplants are great for starters. In general, growing eggplants in a contained organic garden is best when summers are long and hot. Growing them in containers is much easier than in-ground. It’s best for eggplants to remain under fluorescent lights for long periods of time a day, particularly for 14 to 16 hours. The more sun eggplants get, the better they get. Make sure to utilize sunny days and take the eggplants outside then, but take them back in when temperature becomes too low and the environment becomes chilly.

 

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