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Potted vegetable garden

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Potted vegetable garden

Even those who have pieces of land at their disposal, love the challenge of growing vegetable plants in pots. Even if the yield will not be that of a garden in full earth, if you have the right attention you can have great satisfactions and surprising decorative effects.

Starting to explain to beginners how to build a vegetable garden in the small space of a pot, it is useful to note that plants, whether in a container or not, follow their rules. So the recommended exposure, the type of fertilization and the type of soil do not change from cultivation in open ground. Nor does the need for water and plant care change.


What to know to get started

Growing in a container, however, poses two problems: the first is the easy rottenness due to too abundant watering or its opposite, the lack of watering. The second problem is the burns for too much fertilization or the suffering of the plant for the absent fertilizations. In the case of vegetable plants these two problems are even more present because they are plants that have a short and intense life, which we would water abundantly in the ground, relying on the ability to drain the soil naturally and which we would fertilize with as much abundance always knowing that what the plant does not need immediately, will be retained by the soil until the right moment. Potted plants, and especially the roots of plants, have little space and this must lead us to calculate the right amount of water to moisten, but which does not create stagnation. It is necessary to remember that it is easier to recover a thirsty plant than to save a drowned one. Sometimes it is better to organize for two little abundant daily waterings, rather than one that is too strong.

It is also very important to consider that, although the final effect can be beautiful, even the crowns of plants need air and that putting a smaller container on top of a larger one is not always the right solution to have plants in good health.

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