How to Grow Vegetables With a Pot & Lattice

There are many advantages of growing vegetables. Perfect soil conditions can be created and attacks from insects and disease are generally reduced. A smaller growing area is the biggest drawback, but this may be offset by taking advantage of vertical growing space. Combining a large pot and piece of lattice trellis is a great way to get started.

Container Size and Soil

Utilizing a pot of adequate size is the principal concern for growing vegetables in containers. Most greens and herbs develop well with at a container 8 inches deep, but for larger plants such as tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), squash (Curcurbita spp.) And cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), 3 to 5 liters of soil per plant is needed to generate a good quality harvest. A 20- to 25-gallon container is excellent for grouping a mix of many distinct species together while retaining space for a lattice trellis. Use a lightweight soil-less potting mix to create the most of the restricted growing space.

Container Type

Almost any food-safe container may be used. Large ceramic or plastic pots, wood planters or wine barrels cut in half of all function well. Several holes in least 3/4-inch in diameter are needed on the bottom to guarantee adequate drainage. Wood containers using chemical additives on the exterior are safe to use, but don’t plant your vegetables in pots that are painted or treated at all on the interior or have been used as a container for poisonous chemicals.

Trellising Potted Vegetables

Place a lattice trellis at the center of the pot to give entry to vine plants in either side, orienting the trellis as well as a three-quarter axis to give equivalent sunlight to the plants growing on either side. Drive 2 wood stakes into the potting soil as a support for the lattice. If the bud is against a wall or other item that casts shade, place the lattice on the rear side of the pot and give it a southern orientation, if at all possible.

Vegetables for Trellising

Any vegetable that grows as a vine is suitable for trellising at a pot — peas (Pisum sativum), pole beans (Phaseolus spp.) , cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) and squashes (Curcurbita spp.) Are some of the most frequent examples. Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) may also make use of a lattice trellis, as they have a vine-like addiction, and green peppers and eggplant also benefit from support. Use flexible plastic garden ties to attach the plants to the trellis as they develop.

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