It is still chilly out, but that just means you can grow a cool season container for Spring! One of the great things about cool season vegetables and flowers is that they will grow in a wide temperature range from 40-80 degrees. They can withstand a small cold snap, as well as love when temperatures heat up a bit. Here are some tips on how you can grow a cool season container for Spring.
Grow a Cool Season Container for Spring
Bigger is always better when growing a container garden. A larger container allows the plants roots to spread out, plus you have more space for more plants! At a minimum, use a one gallon size pot. Those that are smaller than that put a shorter lifespan on your plants. The container should have 3-4 drainage holes in the bottom. If it is a plastic container, you might have to grab your drill and create those holes.
One of the best things about growing cool season plants in the Spring are the sheer number of different types of plants you can choose from! For flowers, you can’t go wrong with primrose, cyclamens, lobelia, snapdragons, and violas and pansies. If you live in a drier climate go ahead and add in succulents too – they are great additions to a container garden. As for vegetables to add, try broccoli, kale, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, snow peas, plus carrots and radishes. The combinations you could try are limitless!
How to Plant It
Decide where the container will be placed. If it is going up against the wall, you want your tall plants like snapdragons and snow peas in the back and the smaller plants up front. If the container will be seen from all sides, you want your tall plants in the center and the small plants around the edge. Put trailing plants like lobelia and alyssum on the edges and tuck carrot and radishes next to them.
A container garden needs to be watered regularly so that the soil does not dry out. If you can, add an irrigation hose to the pot. When watering, make sure the water drains out the bottom each time. If you don’t you could end up with salt on the roots of the plants. Remember to water thoroughly!
Enjoy your cool season container garden all spring long!
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