Gardening is a favorite pastime for many people and should be enjoyed no matter if a lanai or porch is the only option at any person’s residence. A common problem nowadays it that many do not have enough land, and since condominiums have become such a popular living option, a backyard isn’t always there for people to use. This leaves people who are meant to garden with a predicament. So what is one to do without a backyard and they want to grow vegetables? The answer is simple, and here are a few tips to growing vegetables successfully on a porch or lanai!
The type of pots to purchase when looking to grow vegetables on your lanai is extremely important. Let’s take growing tomatoes for an example, make sure to only plant one tomato plant per 12 inch diameter pot. This gives the tomato enough room to breath when growing in an environment it’s not really used too.
Another key component of the pot is what is underneath it. The pot itself should always have drainage holes, so naturally a pot saucer is required. However, because this garden is going to be on your porch or lanai to make it easier in case the plant needs to be moved try a plant saucer on wheels. These types of saucers can cost more than an average saucer but in the long run it will save any gardener a lot of hassle when it comes to moving the plant in or out of the sun.
Sun And Water
Just like any plant, sun is going to be required to grow a garden on a porch or lanai. The problem most vegetables run into is that they actually will get too much sun. The solution is to pick a spot on the porch that gets sun half of the day.
Water is also a crucial element, and because this garden is growing in pots instead of the ground the amount of water it can withstand actually more water then one may think.
“To determine when the plant needs watering, stick your finger down into the soil and if is dry water the plant thoroughly. Because frequent watering will wash the plant food out of the soil, and the plant will utilize the limited soil nutrients they will be depleted much more rapidly, so a regular feeding program should be established according to the type of plant,” according to TheGardenHelper.com.
Plant food also known as fertilizer is even more important when trying to grow a garden on a porch. This stems from the fact the soil is lacking the actual normal nutrients found in the backyard.
Also, because watering is so much more frequent when growing vegetables in pots the nutrients found in the soil will wash out quicker than in other instances.
Try a fertilizer like Miracle-Gro that is an all-purpose plant food and most importantly make sure to follow the instructions.