Winter Gardening Tips For Pot-Based Gardens

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Just because winter is rolling in does not mean that you have to give up on gardening. In the winter, you can plant your garden in pots and keep the pots indoors or outdoors depending on where you live. Here are a few tips for getting started on a winter pot-based garden.

Choosing Vegetables

The first thing you need to do is choose which types of vegetables you want to plant in your winter garden. You should keep an eye out for plants and seeds that specifically state that they grow well in pots or containers or work well in compact areas.

Here are a few types of vegetables that generally grow well both in pots and in the winter:

  • Carrots: For growing carrots in pots, you'll want to stick to the shorter varieties such as Parisian and Atlas carrots. Stay away from the longer varieties; they will not have enough room to grow and mature inside of a typical container garden. Just throw a handful of seeds into a container.
  • Cabbage:  Cabbage grows well inside of pots. You'll want to plant only one cabbage plant per container in order to give them enough room to grow.
  • Kale:  The best type of kale for a container garden is dwarf kale. This variety of kale is a little smaller and is more suited for a confined space.
  • Lettuce: Lettuce grows well throughout the year. Plant a variety of different types of lettuce inside of a large container and you'll have a go-to salad container all winter long. When looking for lettuce, stick to varieties that specifically include descriptive words such as: cold hardy, overwintering, cold tolerant, etc.
  • Onions: A great variety of onions to plant in containers are Egyptian walking onions. The top of these onions can be used as chives, and the bulbs can be used for cooking.

Placing Your Pots

After you choose which vegetables you want to grow in your pots, you need to figure out where to place your pots. If you live somewhere that gets a lot of freezing weather during the winter, you should place your garden inside of an enclosed porch or inside of your house.

If you live somewhere that gets more sunshine and has very few if any freezing days during the winter time, you can place your garden outside. Group your pots together, and keep the lettuce and cabbage in the middle of the group. This will help protect your plants from the wind and other natural elements they will encounter during the winter.

You should also place your pots on the south side of your house where they will get the most sunlight throughout the winter. If you can, place your pots up against your house. This will help keep them warm and will protect them from the wind.

Caring For Your Plants

Follow the watering instructions on the package for each of the vegetables you planted. You should water your plants in the morning, so that the water has time to sink into the plants or evaporate. Don't water you plants at night; excess water will not evaporate overnight which can lead to mold problems with your plants.

With a little care, you should be able to grow a small container garden this winter and enjoy fresh, home-grown vegetables throughout the winter months. Although you may have to supplement with some vegetables from the grocery store, you should be able to reduce your grocery bill a bit with a container winter garden. For more winter landscaping ideas, contact a company, like Outdoor Solutions Landscaping.

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