Container Gardening: Everything You Need to Know


Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening

Container gardening is particularly suitable where there is little or no garden space. Aside from flowers, you can also grow vegetable crops in containers. This is particularly applicable for those who have small balcony or yards with little direct sunlight. Whether your space is large or small, container gardening adds versatility. You can put these container plants anywhere. You can put them on the ground, pedestal, windowsill or you can even hang them. These container gardens also serve as green decoration. For instance, you can hang matching containers together.

The Art In Container Gardening

For outdoor decoration, you can use single, large containers. You can also arrange group large and small pots on terraces and stairways. You can arrange pots withy different plants. Also, grouping containers planted with a single type of plat can be very good. Choose the plants with a combination of a thriller, a spiller and a filler in a container.

Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening
Container Gardening: Everything You Need to Know

Container Sizes

You should keep in mind that it is easy to grow plants in large containers than small containers. Large containers grasps more soil and stays moist for a long time. It also resits sudden temperature fluctuations. These small hanging baskets tend to dry out faster. During the summers you have to water your plants twice. You need to decide which plant you want to grow. There are many factors involved to decide how large and deep the container should be. Decide the size and shape of the plant’s root system and how fast it grows. Those rootbound plants which have filled the container fully tend to get dry and will not grow. If you are planning for mixed planting it is better to choose a large pot for it. So that it will give space to the roots of the plants that you want to grow. It is advised to choose a light-color pot than the dark color containers as the light color pots keep the soil cooler.

Container Drainage

Drainage holes are necessary as to which container you choose. The soil will become waterlogged and the plants may die if there are no drainage holes. It is not necessary to have a large hole but it should be such that the excess water drains out. If the container does not have holes then you can make it on your own.

Choosing The Plants

Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening
Container Gardening: Everything You Need to Know

Any vegetable, flower, or small tree can grow in the container. Those that are small and compact cultivars are best for small containers. Choose a plant that will adapt to the climate and the sun and shade. If you are growing fragrant plants then keep in an area that is protected from the breeze. As the breeze will take away the fragrance. Container gardening can be either used for one season or can be made to last long. You can also try theme gardens which will look more attractive.

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