While there may not be enough
water this year to maintain a full-sized garden, plenty of vegetables and herbs
can thrive even with watering restrictions when planted in containers using the
A successful container garden begins with the right
potting mix. The potting mix should have
a loose texture to hold in moisture and contain the organic ingredients
necessary to maintain healthy plant roots.
Some vegetables can do well in containers when planted in
mid-summer because of their relatively short growing cycle. They include tomatoes,
peppers, eggplant and radishes. Herbs can also be planted now, particularly
chives, thyme, rosemary and oregano. An added bonus is that these herbs do not
require as much water as other herbs.
To plant, first fill the container to about one-third
full with potting mix. Loosen the plant's root ball and place the plant in the
pot. Add more potting mix and press lightly. Then water thoroughly. Many potting soils contain all the nutrients your plants
need so it is not necessary to add fertilizer.
Selecting the right container is also important. Choose a
light-colored pot with a drain hole (dark-colored containers will absorb the
summer's heat). Place a saucer underneath the pot to catch excess water. The
bigger the pot and the more potting soil used, the less often plants require
You don't have to forgo fresh, backyard-grown vegetables
and herbs this summer. You won't have the variety you would
from a traditional garden, but a container garden can prove to be a rewarding and
Labels: choosing potting mix, container gardening, drought, herbs, vegetables for container gardening