Each container in a container garden can support more than one variety of plant successfully, under the right conditions. This is true for container grown flowers or vegetables, and when it comes to the latter form of plant life, companion planting will yield more vegetables in smaller spaces. As an added bonus, the right companion plantings enhance vegetable flavor and act as natural pest controls.
Bigger is Better
When growing a container garden, bigger containers are better. Bigger containers mean the plants can grow deeper roots and require less frequent watering. Bigger containers also mean more room for companion planting.
Select bush or dwarf varieties of your favorite garden vegetables to grow in containers. The flavor is the same, but the plant size will be smaller and take up less container space.
When planting more than one variety of plant in a container, choose the partners carefully to make sure their soil, sun and water needs are compatible. Don’t plant a mixed pot of thirsty plants with plants that are drought tolerant.
An example of perfect partners for container grown vegetables is a tomato plant, oregano, basil and a dwarf marigold. All the plants have the same soil, sun and water needs. The oregano and basil will enhance the tomato flavor while the fruit is growing and the dwarf marigold looks pretty while acting as a natural pest deterrent for the tomato plant. If the container is not large enough to support the growth of all four plants, plant the tomato and just one of the other plant choices.
A tomato, green pepper and marigold make a good trio. Cucumbers, carrots and marigolds also make good growing companions. Always pair a runner, like a cucumber vine, with a root vegetable like carrots.
Container gardens dry out more rapidly than in-ground gardens and need regular watering. The more companion plants that are in the same container, the more often the container will have to be watered. Regular watering are essential for optimum container garden growth of flowers or vegetables. Daily watering in the morning (plants uptake water in the morning) will be needed throughout the growing season.
Containers need to have good drainage, most plants will not tolerate “wet feet” and will drown if the excess water does not drain away. Placing a saucer or plate under a container to catch excess water drainage is not beneficial to the plants in the container and just provides a place for mosquitoes to breed.
Add a layer of mulch to the top of the soil in the containers to keep the soil cool and retain moisture. Mulch will also prevent the occasional hardy weed that attempts to grow in the container garden as well.
- Beans, Carrots, Squash
- Eggplant, beans
- Tomatoes,Basil,Onions, Green Peppers and Marigolds
- Lettuce, Herbs
- Spinach,Chard, Onions
- Cucumbers, Carrots, and Marigolds
Combinations to Avoid:
- Beans with onions and garlic
- Carrots with dill or fennel
- Tomatoes or squash with potatoes
- Onions with beans and peas
Try to have only three in a container. Build or purchase a trellis for the runner plants like cucumber or beans. I would love to see pictures of your container gardening.
Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you are ready to start growing and enjoying your very own container vegetables. It’s easier than you think. You can grow fresh vegetables no matter how small and area you live in so let’s get started at eating healthy and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
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