What is Container Gardening ? Container gardening is simply planting in pots. If you live in an apartment or a small space with no lawn or backyard you can try container gardening. You can create a natural sanctuary along rooftops or on balconies. Fill your window boxes with beautiful roses or any other flowery plants. You may choose to highlight a small space with a single specimen or arrange your pots in a group for a massed effect. You will be delighted to have this simple garden in your home.
Why Container Gardening
Container gardening adds color to your home and you can replace each plant after they finish flowering with different ones. An attractive pot plant on the sides of your front door will delight visitors. Container plants indoors create a warm, cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
You can experiment with creative containers. You can use and old porcelain bowl or copper urn. Perhaps you can make something modern with tiles or timber. Terracotta pots look wonderful if you decide to buy ready-made containers. Terracotta pots tend to absorb water and dry out your plants. You can paint the interior of these pots with a sealer. Or water more often than you normally would.
You can buy cheaper plastic pots and also paint them. Have your children painting these pots, they will look wonderful. Don’t forget to buy matching saucers for these pots to catch the drips. You don’t want water dripping all over your floor.
Buy a good quality potting mix for all your containers. This will ensure the best results from your plants.
A good advice is to decide ahead of time where you want your pots to be positioned. Buy the plants that suit the position. A sun lover plant will not do well in a shady position. Some plants may have large roots and are best in the open garden.
Tips to Start your Container Gardening
Container Gardening is fun and a rewarding hobby. It is relaxing and enjoyable. Container Gardening is not restricted to flowers, you can have a herb garden or even a vegetable garden. Many people are afraid to deal with container gardening but it can be really easy and not too expensive. You can even grow veggies like bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes all indoors. These days, what’s better than homegrown vegetables when there is so much news about pesticides and chemicals in shop-bought produce. Here are some tips that will help you get started.
This is mainly for reusing old containers. If you have a new one you do not need to do this. Old containers that have had a plant in them will have a lot of leftover compost. This compost is old and can harbor pests, mold spores, and diseases. To ensure your new plants thrive, clean your old pots and wash away the old compost. You clean the containers with water containing garden disinfectant. Scrub off any remaining compost and rinse. Leave the container to dry and then continue to plant your new plants.
Drainage is very important for any plant. You don’t want your plants soaking in water, it invites pests and diseases and its not healthy for your plants. Ensure your container has enough drainage holes for excess water to pass through. You can place broken terracotta or anything else over your drainage holes so they are not blocked with the compost.
Depending on your plant you will need different kinds of compost. Fill your container with quality compost and firm lightly. Make sure the compost is not filled to the brim. Ensure at least 1 inch below the lip of the container. This gives you space for watering.
Plunge plants in a bucket of water to soak them before planting. This helps reduce shock upon your plants when replanting. It will help your plants merge into the new compost. Position your plant in the middle of your container. Once positioned, firm the compost to hold the plant in place. Its best to position your plant properly now, you do not want to move them around later.
Even out the surface of the compost with your hands and water until the water starts to pour out of the drainage holes. If water doesn’t flow out, you need more drainage holes or better fast drain compost. Leave the container to rest for a few hours. Terracotta pots may require more water because of their water-absorbing properties. You can add some gravel on the compost’s surface, this will look decorative and prevent loss of water through evaporation.
With determination and a creative mind, you will soon have a garden that will be the envy of friends and strangers alike. Do you have a container garden or do you plan to start one? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.