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Vegetable Garden Design – Vegetable Container Gardening

Posted by admin on Sep 2, 2010 under vegetable container gardening, vegetable garden design

“>Vegetable Garden DesignGrowing your own vegetables isn’t just for those with lots of space or a big backyard.  Do you only have a small area to work with, say a deck, patio, or rooftop?  Then consider a small vegetable garden design planted in containers.  You will harvest plenty and they are easier to maintain than larger gardens…an added benefit of vegetable container gardening.

When just starting out, many new gardeners will plant multiple plants of the same type.  Has anyone ever tried to give you some of their homegrown produce?  Ever see vegetables sitting in the coffee room or cafeteria where you work with a sign saying “Take Me”?  This is because the gardener has grown too much for his or her personal use.

If you only have limited space to work with, the best plants to select for your vegetable garden design are those that will give high yields.  You will get plenty of harvest from a single plant, allowing you to plant fewer plants, but a greater variety.  Some high yielding plants include cherry or grape tomatoes, zucchini, Japanese eggplant, beans, and peppers.  One to two plants will probably produce all you need.

With limited space, try growing vegetables vertically.  Vegetable container gardening using trellises is another space saving design option.  Choose vegetables like cucumbers, beans, and some types of squash for a vertical vegetable garden design.

Get the most from your space with vegetable container gardening by planting a few vegetables together in the same pot.  If you like making salsa, for example, plant a tomato plant together with a jalapeno pepper plant and some cilantro.  Be creative in combining your plants.  Even consider combining some vegetable plants with some flowers for a mixed small garden design.

When you create your vegetable garden design, make sure to use containers that are large enough for the plants you’ve selected.  Most vegetables require at least six hours of sun.  Make sure your planting containers are not only large enough, but have good drainage.  You will need to water frequently, especially as your vegetable plants mature.  Your containers can dry out quickly on a very hot, sunny day.

Do you only have partial shade to work with for your vegetable garden design?  First, consider an area with partial shade should still get about three to six hours of sun during the day.  Vegetables that grow well in partial shade are typically of the leafy green variety – lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, and mustard greens.  Other plants that may do well in partial shade include broccoli, certain beans, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.  As with all gardening, you will need to experiment to find out what works best in your vegetable garden design.

Harvest your vegetables regularly.  Not only will you enjoy the “fruits of your labor”, you will encourage your vegetable garden design to continue to produce more vegetables throughout the growing season!

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