Vegetable PlanterWant to plant a vegetable garden but have no garden space available?  Well, if you have a balcony or stoep and a potplant or two, you can grow your own veggies right there on your doorstep.  Not only will you be able to grow your own vegetables, you’ll also add some color to your outside area.

Here is a checklist for a vegetable planter:

  • container with holes at bottom for drainage
  • pebbles (3-6cm in diameter)
  • potting soil
  • vegetable seedlings

In selecting vegetables, choose plants that make good companions.  Tomatoes and Basil are good companions.  Spring onions love to keep company with lettuces, peppers, spinach and strawberries.  Beetroot offers not only its succulent root but also beautiful red-veined leaves that will add color to any salad.  It loves cabbages, cauliflower, leeks, lettuces, onions and parsley.  Remember to leave enough space for the succulent roots to develop underground.  All vegetables will benefit from Marigold’s insect repelling properties and it will add instant color to your planter while you are waiting for your harvest. 

Process:

  1. Place pebbles at the bottom of the container
  2. Fill the container to half with potting soil
  3. Place seedlings in container, keeping in mind the mature size of the veggies
  4. Fill container to top with remaining potting soil
  5. Water thoroughly