If you are new to gardening, you may be wondering what type of plant would be best for your particular climate zone. There are many options to choose from so you should be able to find something that you will like. But, you will need to decide, from the get go, which plants will require specific sun requirements.
Some plants that you may want to consider for this type of gardening are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash, carrots, and gourd plants. The varieties are endless. But let’s start with the tomato plants.
You will want to choose plants that require a minimum of 800 to 950 full sun hours per week. When deciding on the number of hours, simply divide the number of days in your season by four. So, for example, for March in Arizona, you would divide 4/4 = 16.8 and you’ll be at 800 sun hours. For full sun, you will also need to find out the height of the plant so it gets the minimum amount of morning and afternoon sun. You may want to buy a smaller plant for a smaller area so the plant height isn’t too great.
For peppers, you want to get plants that don’t spread too much. You’ll want to choose a variety that is only 1/2 inch to 1 inch in height. You will want to choose sweet peppers for this particular garden. For melons, you’ll want to plant a variety that produces melons.
Plants like melons need some evening sun. When choosing the type of sun hours, simply multiply the number of hours you get on the same day times seven. The plant will know when it’s enough sun when the vines are dark green in color. If the leaves look pale, then the plant is getting too much sun. For the garden layout, you will want to make sure it has good drainage so that it will not become stagnant. Soil should be well-drained and well-fertilized. Use high quality potting soil and compost for the plants. The plants will also need good drainage for best results. A raised garden bed with a trellis will be perfect for this particular garden.
As you can see, finding the right kind of plants is the trick to successful container gardening. Remember that there is no right or wrong plant for container gardening. It simply depends on what you already have and what you would like to have. And when you plant, don’t forget to check the flowers because they will bring additional color and life to your container garden. Make sure to follow these three steps for a successful container garden.