The first question that comes to mind when one hears of pot gardening is – Are concrete planters safe for vegetables? Well, as a vegetable gardener I will say this again – they are not safe. Concrete is not a good medium for growing plants. There are some exceptions to this however, such as using small planters on an inside courtyard, but this is it. For vegetables the only thing that you need is a simple clay pot or a small square box with holes in it and then water.
In general, you should try to avoid planting directly in the soil. Clay soil retains moisture better than dirt, so the roots of your plants will find it almost impossible to penetrate into it. Also, clay soil expands or contracts depending on the heat of the weather. That means that in hot weather you will probably want to dig a bit deeper into the earth, especially if your container garden has some big trees nearby. During cold weather you will want to keep things a little bit looser. This is because soil can become compacted and your container garden will be slower to develop.
To answer the question – are concrete planters safe for vegetables? – the answer is no, they are not. If you are going to use a pot and you are going to plant directly into the ground you need to make sure that it is a quality pot and that the holes are large enough for your plants to get the drainage they need. And, digging directly into the ground will require you to fill the soil with broken bricks or other heavy material that could cause the roots of your plants to slip out. These things might sound like a nuisance at first, but they will quickly turn into an enjoyable and even educational experience as your plants grow and you learn more about container gardening.
Now, on to the advantages. First off, the biggest advantage is that you don’t have to worry about standing on a hard surface all day long, worrying that your feet will get wet, or that the ground is going to shift and make you slip. When you are planting directly into the earth you simply plant your seed in the same spot, place the container on top, cover with dirt, and walk away. It’s as simple as that! Your container will be there all day long, providing the nutrients needed by the plant to grow and begin producing those healthy, fresh-looking leaves.
Another advantage of using this type of container is that it allows you to control exactly how much water, fertilizer, and other nutrients you provide your plants. Fertilizer is especially important when you have plants that don’t do well without a sufficient amount of extra nutrients. Containers allow you to place just the right amount of fertilizer in just the right amounts, so you know that your plants are getting everything they need without having to go overboard. This can really cut down on the time and effort you spend trying to keep your garden healthy.
Another thing that you might not have thought about is that concrete planters make cleaning easier. If you have a container garden, you will find that it is extremely difficult to clean since dirt gets compacted between the layers of soil. Vegetables often get stuck in the spaces between the planks or in the holes in the boards, which makes it extremely difficult to access them without digging up your garden and starting over. With a container garden, you can easily mop up the dirt that is clogged from vegetable pieces or dirt without having to remove the entire container. If you have a traditional garden, you probably didn’t have this option until you started out a container garden!
While vegetables might not seem like a good idea when you first hear about this type of container gardening, you should quickly change your mind. There is nothing vegetable specific about this type of gardening. All plants can be successfully planted in regular pots and containers regardless of how large or small they may be. Concrete planters are made to be durable and can handle rain or shine as well as any other type of weather. Plus, plants like lettuce and tomatoes love the fact that they can be moved easily to different areas of your garden.
While vegetables might not be exactly the most attractive plant for container plants, most plants will do well in a concrete pot and container. If you are having problems growing plants in traditional pots, then using concrete planters is one of the best solutions for you. Plus, your plants will love the fact that they are securely placed in one place without having to struggle. Once you start to use a larger number of containers, you may even have trouble keeping up with all of the plants that have taken up residence in your yard! No more worries when it comes to the safety of your plants when using concrete planters!