Limited space does not mean limited choices. Quite the contrary, small apartment balconies or large decks in your yard offer a unique opportunity for an outside living space with charm, and rype and ready vegetables for your table. Fresh vegetables grown in an environment that you control will be rewarding, delicious and fun for the whole family. Monitoring the pesticides and nutrients will provide for a healthy alternative to the vegetables found at the supermarket. An added bonus will be teaching your children the wonderful art of gardening that will bring them memories and skills that last a lifetime.
Define Your style
Before you begin, define your style. Fiberglass planters offer many choices. Shorter planters provide easy access for children; taller planters can eliminate bending. Coming in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures, you can mix and match to create an eclectic space or coordinate them in your favorite colors. Lightweight and easy to install, fiberglass containers offer flexibility in designing your outside space, and they beautify any area with style that is uniquely your own.
Choosing the Right Planter for the Job
Once you have decided on the style, make sure you know the needs of the vegetables you will be growing. Different vegetables will require different soil types and different drainage requirements. Some require no drainage while others require the soil to be soaked then dried to a damp state. Planters come with or without drain holes allowing water to nourish and drain your plants adequately. The right amount of water will produce the results you desire.
Placement of Planters
Placement of your vegetable garden planters will also be important to be productive and fruitful. For example, root vegetables such as beet and carrots do well in partial shade (direct sun for only a few hours a day); leafy vegetables such as spinach and salad greens thrive well in full shade (no direct sun).
There are many types and varieties of vegetables that love full sun. Full sun is considered to be 6-8 hours per day of direct sunlight. Some examples of easy-to-grow and healthy full sun vegetables are tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and beans. Tomatoes and peppers require less space, while cucumbers and beans need room to spread out and make vines to support a larger crop.
Some vegetables thrive in colder temps while others need the hot summer sun to produce. Your geographic zone will help you determine what grows best in your climate. With fiberglass planters, however, you can “rotate your crops” from season to season and enjoy fresh vegetables of your choice all year long.
Armed with information about conditions, sturdy and durable fiberglass planters allow you to control the growing process from the comfort of your own home and enjoy quality fresh vegetables for years and years to come. Happy Growing!