By Evelyn Alemanni
Convenience, beauty and interest are just some of the characteristics of groceries grown in containers. The cultivation of groceries in containers is an ideal solution for small spaces and to keep foodstuffs frequently used nearby. It is the perfect example of the concept of fast food.
You can use containers to grow groceries that range from herbs to vegetables and even fruit trees. Just do not expect to plant one day and reap the next, unless you’ve bought a mature, mature plant from Lowe’s garden center. S. Like all groceries we grow, whether from seed or starter plants, it may take weeks or months for them to reach maturity and be ready for harvest. Patience is a virtue, and it rewards you well with the knowledge that you have grown your food yourself.
Where can you grow groceries in containers? Consider the plants & rsquo; Lighting needs. Most groceries need at least six hours of sunshine each day, so place your containers where the sun shines. As the angle of the sun changes throughout the year, you can even move containers from one place to another.
Remember, too, to choose the right plants for the time of year. For example, cold-season vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli, are suitable for winter and early spring. Tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries have better results in summer.
Good to Know : Unless you want to install a drip system on a timer, you probably have to water the containers by hand every day, so place them within reach of a hose.
What types of containers can you use? First, think about the final size of the plant, and choose your container accordingly, allowing plenty of room for the plant to achieve its final growth. Consider the materials of the container: If you use terracotta, be sure to seal the container to avoid excess evaporation. In my opinion, groceries grown in containers use less water than those grown in the soil because the pots retain moisture better and do not dissipate in the surrounding soil.
Good to know: If you go to the container route, remember that bigger is better. Make sure your containers have drainage holes and are deep enough to accommodate the roots of your plants. & Nbsp;
Use good quality potting mix instead of soil unearthed from your patio. Also, for convenience add some extended release fertilizer formulated for fruits and vegetables.
A collection of herbs with basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano and chives (together or in separate containers) gives you many leaves to trim, while preparing a tasty meal.
It’s good to know: You do not have to harvest one whole plant at a time; Just cut out what you need for each meal to get the freshest taste.
There are so many varieties and herbal flavors that are fun to experiment with.
It is good to know: It is a real benefit to growing mint plants in pots, because when plants in the ground, they can become invasive and require a lot of effort to eliminate them.
Floral groceries are great fun. To add lovely color and rough flavor to your meals, consider nasturtiums and violas. (He even chooses nasturtium and substitutes for capers). Even if you do not eat them, remember that we consume visually first, so the flowers that adorn our food excite our taste buds in advance for what will come.
When you are ready to use the groceries of the container in a meal, it is always important to carefully clarify what you choose to avoid surprises.
Large containers can grow tomatoes and even fruit trees. When buying trees to grow in containers, be sure to look for dwarf varieties.
If you have a large garden or just a few square feet on a balcony or patio, there & rsquo; S always room for some container groceries.