How to Handle Vegetable Growing Box
By Harvey Lyons
Potato growing boxes, plastic vegetable boxes and plastic potato boxes solve one of the biggest problems in growing plants, which is providing them with the right amount of water. Over-watering, as may happen in conventional container gardening, is one of the most common mistakes when growing these and other kinds of plants.
Potato growing boxes, plastic vegetable boxes and plastic potato boxes solve this problem by controlling the water flow to the plants. It makes it impossible to over-water and easier not to underwater. Since they work with a reservoir system, they deliver a consistent amount of water. The water is put into a larger reservoir and for as long as it is kept full; the plants keep getting water through consistently moist soil. Grow boxes also have soil covers, which prevent plants from getting too much water. The plants will not drown, therefore, even if it rains.
Below are some of the tips you can use when handling these boxes:
1. Be careful when adding water to the grow box: Do not take the advice about the frequency of watering that comes with the box. This is because that piece of advice always overestimates the length of time between when you add water. Again, your plant will need more water as they grow.
2. Fill the boxes with water to the level you want: If you fill some boxes with water and soil, they can be very heavy to move around even when they have wheels. You need to estimate properly the amount of water and soil that will make it not hard to move the boxes.
3. Place the boxes where it is easy to water: Ensure the hose can reach your potato growing box, plastic vegetable boxes and plastic potato boxes. Make sure to locate and see the overflow hole (when filling the box with water) because the hole tells you the reservoir is full.
4. Choose a well-protected spot: A grow box should be at a place where it is protected from tipping over, for instance as a result of wind blowing hard against it. There are also other physical challenges that you may want to protect the plants against. It is important to assess the challenges that might arise and to ensure that your plants are protected against all these before you incur any losses.
5. Follow feeding directions to have healthy plants: Also, ensure to follow planting instructions. Feeding directions involve not just the water to be put into the boxes but also the fertilizer and other nutrients or feed to be used for the plant.
6. Adding a cup of dolomite or lime to the top of your potting soil to prevent blossom end rot: This problem can also be solved by mixing 1/4 cup of lime with one gallon of water and adding it to the reservoir.