Vegetable Seeding In Containers

Soil ready to seed lettuce.

Sowing spinach seeds

Wet gardens will not deter you from planting containers now. With the continued off and on rains, unless we cover our vegetable gardens to dry out and solarize, we are ‘a ways away’ from planting early spring vegetables in our gardens. There is a solution: container gardening. I always seed lettuce and spinach in containers as well as the garden. If you want easy things with quick results try radishes or buy transplants of your favorite spring veggies. Broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce transplants do exceptionally well for me, and if you like others that are available give them a try, too. Here is my formula for container gardening. Buy big pots with drainage holes or pots that you can drill drainage holes in. I only used potting mix not potting soil or garden soil. Before I add the soil to the pot I make sure I have pea gravel in the bottom of the pot to cover the drainage holes or coffee filters that cover the drainage holes. Once that is accomplished I add the potting soil, and then I water the potting soil well and generally wait a day before I plant. If you are planting seeds follow the label directions. If you are planting transplants, make sure they are planted at the same level they came out of the container. If the transplants are root bound be sure to loosen the soil around the roots before you plant. Be sure to water well after planting. Once growing well, fertilize every two weeks with a liquid solution. Enjoy your harvest and also the beauty of containerized vegetables.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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