If you liked our post on how to make a one-pot herb garden, you are going to love this article on container gardening in Mother Earth News...
We're seriously garden-impaired, so we appreciated the section on self-watering containers, including the clever DIY number pictured above. And apparently some crops, such as artichokes and eggplant, actually grow better in self-watering containers because there is always water available. A few other key points:
- You'll need sun for a container garden. Partial shade will do, but will limit your plant choices.
- The soil mix is key. If soil gets dry, it needs careful attention and repeated waterings until it is evenly moist again. (This is where we tend to go wrong.)
- Sadly, tomatoes need a lot of soil -- 30 to 40 quarts for a large plant! But, as evidenced above, there are varieties of smaller tomatoes that can be grown in smaller pots.