If you’ve got a green thumb itching to be submerged in some dirt but no land to satisfy it. Worry not – even small spaces can become hearty gardens with the help of a few planting pots.
Clear the patio, follow these 6 steps to successful pot growing and you’ll beeating fresh greensall summer (and fall).
Step 1. Location, location, location.Before you set up your potted garden spend a day watching the sun cruise the area. Pick a spot that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Access to natural rainwater is also a bonus (less watering). And, if that spot dips below 0 at night, you’ll want to bring your potted friends inside for a sleep over.
Step 2. Pick the perfect pot.Size will be somewhat determined by how much space you have but make sure its big enough to hold what you want (and don’t over plant).If starting from seed, read the seed’s spacing requirements (listed on the packet) to ensure you have enough room. What that pot is made of also important. Note that if you choose a terra cotta pot, you’ll need to water more often since the clay is porous and will steal the water right out of your plants roots. A metal pot will heat up and may evaporate water faster than a plastic or wooden pot.
Step 3. Plant the right stuff.The back of the seed packet has a wealth of information. Check to see how much sun it needs and how long it will take to grow. Yourbest choicesare green leafy veggies and herbs. There are plenty of fantastic choices out there, so pick the one that you’ll get the most enjoyment out of – no point in planting radicchio if you’re strictly an iceberg lettuce person.
Step 4. Get ’em good and drunk.Plants need water every day and will tell you they’re thirsty with dry-to-the-touch soil. If you are going to be away (or, let’s be honest, you’re prone to forgetfulness) you can enlist the help of a watering bulb (or try an upturned water bottle in a pinch). Or, put a pinprick in the bottom of a plastic bottle to create a slow drip. There’s just no call for parched plants.
Step 5. Eat what you grow.It may seem like a silly step to add but so often, people take such care of their plants that they forget to eat them. “Look how big my spinach is!,” they’ll exclaim and then go buy some from the store. Before they know it, the plant has bolted and turned bitter. Here’s a tip for overcoming attachment issues – treat it special by incorporating it into abrand spanking new recipe.
Step 6. Repeat.Keep the harvest going by planting a new seed a few weeks after the first one. By the time the first one is ready to eat, you’ll have a fresh seedling growing in the wings – ready to take over the pot. Now plant a new seed at each harvest. If you plan it right, you could have freshly grown kale every other weekend all from one little pot.
Follow these steps for small space gardening and we’ll bet you’re green thumb will realize its true ‘pot’ential.