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Happily, most vegetables aren’t fussy about what kind of vegetable container garden they grow in. The only basic requirements is that the vegetable container garden is large enough to hold the plant and that it has drainage holes so excess water can escape. When it comes to size, the bigger the pot is, the better, especially for beginners. The reason for this is that large pots hold more soil—and thus, hold moisture longer so you don’t have to water as much. Look for vegetable container gardens that are at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Large flowerpots, half barrels, plastic-lined bushel baskets, window boxes, planters, and large containers (like 5-gallon buckets) work just fine. Some vegetables need particularly large pots to grow in a vegetable container garden. Standard-size tomatoes and vining crops, such as cucumbers, will do best for you in containers 20 inches or more across. Peppers like pots at least 16 inches in diameter. In a pinch, most will still grow in a 5-gallon or larger container. If your vegetable container garden does not have drainage holes, you will need to add several. Use a 1/4-inch drill bit to create holes in the bottom or along the sides near the bottom. Line the bottom of the pot with screen or landscape cloth to prevent soil from spilling out of the holes. Plants that grow tall or produce vines—like tomatoes and cucumbers—will be more productive if grown up a support in a vegetable container garden. A wire cage, inserted into the container at planting time, will do. Use larger, heavier containers for trellised plants to minimize the risk of tipping.
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Vegetable Garden Planters

Patio Planters & Raised Vegetable Beds Patio planters and raised vegetable beds make it easy to grow an edible garden in any space. You can choose from garden beds made from naturally insect-resistant red cedar to vegetable beds made of FSC-certified sustainable fir. This collection also has vintage garden beds crafted from wash sinks and bathtubs to add an antique flair to your garden. If you are fond of gardening, do take a look at our collection of gardening plants and gardening seeds. These are of the finest quality and will make gardening more enjoyable. From the Italian lemon citrus tree to the Washington navel orange tree, we have an entire collection that you can choose from. + More
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Vegetable Garden Planters

How to Plant Vegetables in Containers Plant your vegetable container gardens the same time you would plant in the garden. Depending on what types of vegetable you want to grow, you can start seeds in your containers, grow transplants from seeds started indoors, or purchase transplants from a garden center. Here’s a hint: Start vegetable container garden crops such as beans, corn, carrots, radishes, and spinach, from seeds sown directly in the container. Regardless of whether you are planting seeds or transplants, thoroughly water the container before you plant. Soak the potting mix completely, then allow it to sit for a few hours to drain excess water. Plant seeds according to the package directions. Because not all seeds will germinate, plant more than you need, then thin the excess later. Set transplants at the same level they were growing in their pot (except for tomatoes, which you can strip off their lower leaves and plant them deeper in the container). After planting, water gently but thoroughly to settle the seeds or transplants. Keep the soil in your vegetable container garden from drying out as fast by mulching with straw, compost, leaf mold, or a similar material.
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Vegetable Garden Planters

Patio planters and raised vegetable beds make it easy to grow an edible garden in any space. You can choose from garden beds made from naturally insect-resistant red cedar to vegetable beds made of FSC-certified sustainable fir. This collection also has vintage garden beds crafted from wash sinks and bathtubs to add an antique flair to your garden. If you are fond of gardening, do take a look at our collection of gardening plants and gardening seeds. These are of the finest quality and will make gardening more enjoyable. From the Italian lemon citrus tree to the Washington navel orange tree, we have an entire collection that you can choose from.
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Vegetable Garden Planters

Picking a Spot for Your Vegetable Container Garden Most vegetables grown in a vegetable container garden do best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day). Tomatoes, peppers, and other varieties that often get diseases usually stay healthiest in an open spot with plenty of air circulation. If you live in a cold climate, you can give your vegetable container garden a head start by placing the pots near a south-facing wall. If you live in a warmer part of the country, be cautious about setting your vegetable container gardens on a cement patio, which may grow too warm for optimum growth. Put larger containers on dollies or carts; you can move them to various locations depending on the conditions at the time.
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Vegetable Garden Planters

Vegetable Container Garden Materials Not sure what type of container to grow your vegetables in? Don’t fret—typically, you’ll care more about this than your plants will. In general, plants in terra-cotta (clay) need more attention to watering for a vegetable container garden than other types of pots, because of the porous nature of the terra cotta. Also think about the color. Dark colors absorb heat—so they may make the soil too warm for some vegetable crops in summer, especially in hot-summer areas. And avoid vegetable container gardens made of treated wood, as it may contain chemical compounds that could be absorbed by your vegetables.
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Vegetable Garden Planters

What Types of Soil to Use in Containers While your vegetables aren’t fussy about the kind of pot they’re in, they do care about the potting soil in your vegetable container garden. As is the case with most other types of container gardens, your vegetable container garden will do best in potting mixes made for containers. Ask at your nursery for a mix designed for use in larger outdoor containers. Or save money by blending your own vegetable container garden mix. Use equal parts of peat moss, potting soil, and vermiculite, perlite, or clean sand. Fill the containers to within an inch or two of the rim. To determine how much potting mix you’ll need, figure: 3 pints of soil per 6-inch pot 3 1/2 gallons of mix per 12-inch pot 6 1/2 gallons of mix per 20-inch pot
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Vegetable Garden Planters

As a founding employee of Gardener’s Supply, I wore many different hats over the years. Currently, I have my own company called Johnnie Brook Creative. The gardens around my home in Richmond, VT, include a large vegetable garden, seasonal greenhouse, cutting garden, perennial gardens, rock garden, shade garden, berry plantings, lots of container plants and a meadow garden. There’s no place I’d rather be than in the garden.
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If the reason you haven’t jumped on the self-watering planter craze is because the containers aren’t very attractive the containers by Lechuza just might make you a fan. Yes, the planters aren’t inexpensive, but their aesthetic approach to self-watering containers makes them worth the investment if looks matter to you. The planters are stylish, modern, and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.
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In general, plants in terra-cotta (clay) need more attention to watering for a vegetable container garden than other types of pots, because of the porous nature of the terra cotta. Also think about the color. Dark colors absorb heat—so they may make the soil too warm for some vegetable crops in summer, especially in hot-summer areas. And avoid vegetable container gardens made of treated wood, as it may contain chemical compounds that could be absorbed by your vegetables.
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Whether you're looking to plant vegetables on your porch, patio, deck or out in the garden, we have dozens of vegetable planters in different shapes, sizes, materials and price points. From a fabric Grow Bag to an elevated planter to a Revolution Planter, you'll find the ideal planter for your space.
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As a general rule, select as large a container as possible. Small containers dry out more quickly and need daily watering. Self-watering planters designed for urban balconies and patios extend the time between waterings. You’ll want to think about weight (once the pot is filled with wet soil and plant material it’s going to be very heavy). And you may want to think about appearance. What look “goes” with your house and other pots? Even fabric pots are good for growing vegetables. With the colorful Grow Bag line, you can add some whimsy to your vegetable garden.
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Plant your vegetable container gardens the same time you would plant in the garden. Depending on what types of vegetable you want to grow, you can start seeds in your containers, grow transplants from seeds started indoors, or purchase transplants from a garden center.
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Care Tips for Vegetables in Containers Watering is the most important thing to watch for in your vegetable container garden. So inspect your vegetables regularly to make sure the potting mix hasn’t dried out. Here’s a hint: Make watering your vegetable container garden easier by installing a drip-irrigation system. It can automatically irrigate your vegetables for you. Starting about a month after planting, feed your vegetables about once a week with a water-soluble fertilizer, following the package directions. Also keep an eye out for weeds and other pests. While plants in containers usually aren’t as susceptible to disease as varieties grown in the ground, you’ll still want to watch for problems. Remove or treat any plants that show signs of disease or insect damage.

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