Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Organic Container Gardening

If you do not have enough yard for a regular organic garden; you can still grow plants and vegetables organically; by doing container gardening.

What to use as a container:

When it comes to what to use for a container, when growing an organic container garden; you are only limited by your imagination. Keeping true to the concept of organic; some organic gardeners only use natural containers.  For example, they would select containers constructed out of wood or clay.  However, you do not have to be obliged to this concept.  

If the container can hold dirt and can accommodate getting wet, it can be used.  For example, an old pail, wheelbarrow, and even a worn-out shoe could be utilized for your organic container gardening needs.  The only other stipulation to the type of container used, besides holding dirt, and being able to get wet; is the container must also have proper drainage holes. Most organic plants will not do well if they get too much water.  That's why it's essential, the container be able to drain water properly.  If the container isn't suitable for this; you can always drill holes into the bottom of it.

Whatever container you choose to use, for your organic plants, it's important to put about an inch of broken clay pot pieces or gravel into your container.  If you're so inclined, you may also add leaf mold or pieces of ripped out newspaper, on top of the gravel.  The reason for using leaf mold is to ensure the soil retains some moisture.  The gravel further aids in proper drainage of water from the container.

What type of soil should be used when growing an organic container garden?

When growing an organic container garden, you should begin with 100% organic soil.  Organic soil is soil which has no man-made chemicals in it.  You can purchase organic planting soil from an organic garden supply store.

The biggest disadvantage to having an organic container garden is the lack of subsoil.  The organic soil you choose must be able to retain water, and not let your organic plants get too wet.  A good way to ensure your organic plants don't get excessively wet is to use peat moss as an additive to your organic soil.

The best type of soil mixture, to provide to your organic container garden plants, should be comprised of all the following ingredients: organic soil, compost (see the previous section on making your own organic compost), composed manure, and peat moss.

What type of organic plants can you use in your organic container garden?

You can plant the same organic plants in a container garden that you could plant in a regular organic garden.  For example, you can plant any of the following; Beans, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, or eggplant.  This, by no means, is an exhaustive list of what can be planted; in an organic container garden.  The only word of caution; the container has to be able to hold whatever plant or vegetable you put into it.  Remember, a cucumber will still occupy the same amount of space, in a container, on your porch, as it would a hole in the ground.

Just as you should start your regular organic garden with organic seeds, you should do the same when growing an organic container garden.  When it comes to pest control and organic container gardening; the same methods can be used as mentioned in the previous organic pest control section.  Best of all, pest control in an organic container garden requires much less effort.

Even if you don't have a large yard for an organic garden, you can still grow chemical and pesticide free vegetables and plants...  All you need it is an area that receives adequate light, a sheltered area, and a container large enough to hold the organic plant of your choice. Thanks to organic container gardening; you can enjoy fresh vegetables year round.

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