I am probably the last person to write about How to Garden in Containers as I have a black thumb; it seems though that with each year I do a little better, so I keep trying. If you are a prepper that has some sort of seed stockpile saved up for TEOTWAWKI good for you, but if you haven’t ever actually GROWN the types of plants you have stockpiled you maybe in for a rude shock.
I like to attribute most of my herbicide to my divorce and the routine moving that I went through during that time – seems like every time my plants were doing well I moved and had to leave them. (Or worse tried to move them down the interstate in the back of a truck)
Why Garden in Containers
Most of that time I was in apartments so I began to get involved with container gardening. To many people, container gardening is having potted flowers growing in your home. Believe me container gardening is much more than that. As a matter of fact, before I had bees, I only grew edibles and shunned flowers as “wasteful” – how unenlightened I was…
The great thing about growing in containers is its flexibility. Not only can garden almost anywhere, you can even grow vegetables along with the flowers in the same containers. You can mix herbs along with the vegetables or grow a combination of fruits and vegetables to make it beautiful container garden.
How to Garden in Containers
The first thing you need to do is to set up your container.
To prepare it, drill many small (1/8 inch) holes in the bottom of the pot or alternatively, create a drainage space at the bottom of the pot by putting in and inch or two of gravel before adding soil.
Avoid using garden soil. For use in container gardening, normal soil from your yard is too heavy. Organic material present in light soil helps in appropriate drainage in container gardening. You can also prepare the perfectly healthy soil for containers by mixing compost and peat moss with regular potting soil along with in time release fertilizer.
Once you get the hang of basic container gardening I have a article on a cool self-watering container garden box.
If your plan is to rely on growing your own food in the event of a catastrophic disaster, I would strongly suggest you try out growing a couple easy items like beans, peppers, or tomatoes in some containers to start to get an idea about the time frame and work involved. Once you get some success this way you may want to consider digging up some of your yard (unless your in an apartment obviously) and growing an actual garden.
Both forms of gardening have pluses and minuses and the self-reliant need to be well versed in both.