Planting Depth Revealed – You can Successfully Grow Herbs and Vegetables in a 6″ Pot
The versatile 6 inch pot! You can find them everywhere; garage sales, second hand stores or garden centers. Probably even in your own yard, just waiting to be recycled into this year’s dill crop. Here are the things you need to know when growing herbs and vegetables with a container planting depth of 6 inches.
The National Gardening Bureau in their post “Container Gardening: Anytime, Anywhere” suggests: “The deeper the pot the less watering it will need. Pots with a small soil volume will dry out faster and require more frequent watering. Unlike plants in the ground, plants in pots or hanging baskets in the yard, on a deck or on a windowsill are exposed on all sides to the drying effects of wind and sun. On hot, windy days you may have to water them more than once.”
Soil requirements are just as important. How much soil does your crop need to give you a good harvest? Choose a potting soil that will provide support for plants as they grow, and one that will help retain moisture. Look for a peat and perlite or vermiculite mixture.
Don’t use garden soil, which will be too heavy. As long as the soil is well aerated, roots will colonize the entire container, so buy a prepared soil less mix for container growing. It should be free of weeds and can contains added nutrients to help plants grow.
How much sunlight exposure will your pots get? Consider placing your containers in an area that will get late afternoon shade. Create the shade by placing your containers under or next to your vertical gardening. Darker colored containers will absorb more heat, which can get seeds and transplants off to a faster start, but these containers will need more watering if they are in direct sunlight. Lighter colored containers may be a better option if you cannot shade them.
Plants that will be grown outdoors in full sun in containers can benefit from a layer of mulch on top of the soil. Mulching helps retain moisture in the soil, discourage weed growth, and protect your plants from the harshness of raindrops or watering from a hose or watering can. Sawdust, shredded bark, grass clippings and polymer crystals can act as mulches—choose one appropriate to the container and the plants.
And remember: Anything that can be grown in a planting depth of 4 inches can also grow in a 6 inch pot.
What can you grow in a 6 inch pot? A LOT!
Asian Greens, Basil, Bush Beans, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic, Lettuce, Mint, Nasturtium , Onion, Oregano, Peas, Pole Beans, Radish, Round Carrots, Shallots, Runner Bean, Spinach, Strawberries, Thyme and Globe Zucchini
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