Container vegetable gardening is a way for beginning gardeners to experience the process of raising food on a small scale. Container vegetable gardening is a gift for all who have a passion for gardens but do not have the required space. Apart from being productive container vegetable gardening serve two other purposes, this can add to the decor of the outdoor space and also makes it look stylish. Most containers will work for growing vegetables. The main considerations are the size of the container and drainage. A container 8 to 12 inches in diameter is adequate for most vegetable plants, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension. Drainage holes are necessary in all containers to prevent root rot. Porous containers, like clay and wood, allow moisture to evaporate rapidly, unlike plastic or metal containers, which retain moisture. Containers made from toxic materials should never be used. Most common vegetable plants grow in containers, including tomatoes, leafy greens, onions, peas, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets and peppers. Vegetable transplants take less time to reach maturity and require fewer gardening steps than planting from seed.
Container vegetable gardening may need occasional weeding. Removing the weeds when the soil is moist allows for easier access to the weed’s roots. Container vegetable gardening require frequent watering. This may need watering once or twice daily due to high summer temperatures and extreme evaporation in containers. Frequent watering causes many of the soil’s nutrients to be lost. Using water-soluble fertilizer adds back the lost nutrients while the vegetables grow.