Container gardening is ideal for small spaces, and as areas with compacted or poor soil. Containers help create ideal growing conditions by selecting an area with adequate light, a container with good drainage, using quality potting mix, and a slow-release fertilizer, like Milorganite.
Container and Potting Mix
Be sure to use a quality container and potting mix, that has good drainage and retains moisture.
Drainage is essential in container gardening to prevent roots from becoming water-logged. Select a container with drainage holes, or make your own. Keep drain holes open by placing small stones in the container bottom before filling it with potting mix.
Fertilize with Milorganite when planting and then every 6-8 weeks. For best results gently work Milorganite into the first inch of soil. The salt free formula will not burn your tender plants, and keeps troublesome salts from building up. The slow-release organic nitrogen will feed your plants evenly and gradually, without interfering with flowering or fruit and vegetable development.
||Tablespoons of Milorganite
||10 (2/3 cup)
Water new plantings thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil moist, but be careful to not over water. As plants mature water less frequently and deeply for stronger root development.
Most herbs are considered to be “lite-feeders”. Herbs do not require much fertilizer, but a shot or two of Milorganite during the growing season will give them nutrients slowly without the risk of burning.
For more information on vegetable gardening, read 5 Steps to a Fabulous Vegetable Garden by Melinda Myers.