Segment: Potting Veggies
Episode: Spring 2019, Ep9
Presenter: Bonnie-Marie Hibbs
TX Date: 2nd November 2019
While vegetables tend to be grown in large garden-beds, there are a number of small veggies that grow well in pots.
- The first step to growing veggies successfully is to make sure your container is the right size – between 25cm to 40cm is ideal.
- You will need a high quality potting mix – veggies love a good soil medium, as it helps maximise their growth, fruit and longevity in pots.
- Osmocote Potting Mix contains coir fibre, which holds moisture and nutrients. It is made up of composted pine bark, which is a renewable and sustainable resource, and has a wetting agent to improve the soil penetration and retention.
- Look out for the red ticks on the potting mix bag – this means it is certified to meet the Australian Standard for Premium Potting Mixes.
- For vegetables, it is important that the soil won’t compact down, as veggies like a friable soil to grow in. Osmocote potting mix will maintain peak condition without compacting for up to 2 years.
- The Sweet Stuff capsicum produces sweet bell-shaped fruit, which can be picked either green or red. Its compact growth habit makes it the perfect capsicum for your potted food garden.
- The eggplant Fairy Tale has a compact growing habit, and tastes less bitter compared to other eggplants. It is packed with potassium and vitamins B1 and B6, with a small fruit you can harvest when they’re around 10-15cm long.
- While tomatoes tend to be large growers, there are dwarf forms such as KY1, which is an Australian heirloom. It produces a large, meaty fruit with an amazing flavour, and is very disease resistant.
- Osmocote potting mix contains a controlled release fertiliser, feeding your veggies for up to 4 months. It contains growth stimulants, which encourages healthy, strong root development.