6 Inch nursery pots are the ideal choice for starting a small vegetable garden. They offer the advantage of being small enough to be easily stored, transported and relocated. They can often be bought new, or some nurseries will re-pot these pots when they are ready for planting. Many people use pot gardening as a hobby and enjoy taking care of their gardens. This article takes a look at how container gardening, and 6-inch nursery pots, can be started in containers.
The first item needed is a potting bench. It does not have to be fancy – you can find plastic ones that are inexpensive and still provide good drainage. Plastic pots and pans also save on washing costs, as there is no need to keep your pots dry. 6-inch nursery pots can be purchased pre-potted, or you can choose to purchase one of the many varieties of pots you can buy, and then do the pot yourself.
The number of plants you plan to grow should determine the size of the pot you need. You should always have at least two pots, even more if you want to grow plants like tomatoes or larger plants. This will give you plenty of room to move your plants around, and to clean out the bottom of the pots after they have been used. If your plants are not gaining much weight, then you may consider reducing the number of plants you purchase, or transplanting plants from other pots, to make up for the extra weight in the pots.
When you are ready to plant your garden, the first thing you will need to do is to fill the pot with water. Make sure you have taken all the dirt out of the bottom of the pot before putting in any soil. The potting bench should fit securely into the bottom of the pot, so it does not move when you lift it for watering. When you have put the soil in the pot, make sure that it is well mixed, with plenty of drainage holes in the corners.
You should always prune your plants as young as possible, because later growth is going to be stronger and more noticeable. It is not advisable to leave young cuttings on their own. Instead, remove them from the pot, and clip the stem ends. Do not prune buds that are less than one inch old. Cut about one-fourth of an inch off each stem, and then clip the buds carefully, so no part of the stem is left. After you have finished clipping, wash the pot and the root ball with mild soap and water, and then keep them in a cool, dry place until they are ready to transplant into their new pots.
One of the most important things you should remember when trying to grow plants in six inch nursery pots is to make sure you have good drainage. If the soil is clay like in nature, this will work in your favor. However, it can be difficult to get soil in a pot if it is made of clay. In this case, you may add some organic matter, such as dried corn cob or straw to the pot. This will help drain excess water, making it easier for the soil to work in the pot.
Most six-inch nursery pots have drainage holes at the bottom. However, if yours does not have these, you can drill them yourself. Just remember to keep the hole small, or else the water will get in the pot and drown your plant. Six inch pots do not have a wide mouth, like potteries that are much larger. They are often called ‘dormers’, because they will look just like a larger pot. If you grow tall plants in these pots, it is recommended that you use a taller pot, or else they may overhang the edge of the pot, and you will need to repot.
As mentioned, most six inch nursery pots will be able to handle the weight of a medium-sized tomato, but there is no need to overdo it with large tomatoes. Six inch pots can house berries, such as strawberries, which are fairly delicate. You can also place a saucer inside the pot, for water collecting on the sides. Your six inch pot can be a beautiful and attractive container, with just the right amount of care.