Container Gardens – Working well in all Spaces

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The beauty of container gardens is that just about anything in the world will grow well in one type of container or another and, you can call just about anything in a pot a “Container Garden”! Even better, you can put containers virtually anywhere in any space available. And, you can even rearrange things any time you want!

The small, localized space of a container offers other advantages as well. For example, it is very easy to experiment with different soil and nutrient mixtures and how different species of plants react. Container gardens also provides the opportunity to experiment with color, spacing, and heights.

All that being said, there are some dos and don’ts that need to be followed for successful container gardens. Here are some tips you should keep in mind.

  1. Match the space requirements of the plants you are using to the size of the container. It helps to know how big the plants will be when mature and how much space (width and depth) they will require to grow successfully. Remember, as your plant grows so does the root system as well. Too many plants in a small area will stress the whole system by drying out the soil very quickly and not allowing the roots to spread naturally.

  2. Don’t make the mistake of not having drainage in your containers. Not only are holes required but also an inch or so of gravel in the bottom is not a bad idea. If you are in love with a particular container that doesn’t have drainage, put your plant in a small plastic container with holes. Then use the plastic container as an insert. Just be very careful not to over water. Or, if you are handy, you can drill a hole in the bottom of your favorite container. This can be challenging and does require a power drill as well as a specialty bit.

  3. Select plants that have similar requirements. Having different watering schedules can get confusing if you aren’t paying attention. If you mix a drought tolerant species with a plant that requires frequent watering and don’t stick to a pretty specific watering schedule you are going to either drown the one or dry out the other.

  4. Your container gardens efforts are going to look best when the plants are in proportion to the size of the container. A good rule of thumb is to keep the plant height no more than one to two times the height of the container itself and plant width about the same. Of course, this is a suggestion only and it is fun to experiment with both size and color.

  5. Use potting soil rather than garden soil in a container. A healthy mix will include peat to retain moisture without constant watering (which is bad for container plants). Keep the soil mix loose and don’t compact it.

My last tip is to have fun and experiment with a number of different plants as the seasons change. Don’t hesitate to switch out any plant that is past its prime, nothing lives forever!

Container Gardens

Container Gardening – Using Your Available Space

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What is Container Gardening?

Any type of gardening that involves using of pots, urns or other containers can be considered “container gardening”. The versatility of a usable container is almost unlimited, you can use anything that will hold soil. Usable containers range all the way from a porcelain bowl to old tires, shoes and even discarded appliances. Using containers in gardening has evolved a whole lot. It really is more than just growing plants in a few pots and containers. You can create a spectacular garden completely in containers. All you need is the containers and some imagination.

Ideas for Container Gardening

Container gardening ideas are endless; make it as simple as growing flowers in regular pots or use your imagination to create a different effect. As an example use low-maintenance succulents and xerophytic plants to create a rugged, rusty touch in your garden. Another easy idea is using a very large container with a wide mouth to plant vibrant colored seasonal flowers.

Container Gardening Supplies

The supplies required for container gardening obviously include pots having adequate drainage, potting soil and plants. Preparing potting media as per the requirements of your chosen plants is a basic step. You can skip this hassle by picking out ready-made potting mixture. Ask for help in selecting the correct potting soil for the varieties of plants you will be using.

What Type of Plants?

Choosing plants that will thrive in your particular environment is the secret behind maintaining healthy plants. If your container garden is going to be indoors, use plants such as Aloe, English Ivy, and Bamboo Palm. If your area is outside, like on a porch, consider varieties of annual plants like begonia, lobelia, periwinkle, impatiens, marigolds, snapdragon and zinnia. Also, container gardening isn’t restricted to flowers and vegetables. It is very possible to grow fruits, shrubs and bushes in pots.

What About Vegetables?

Not only does container gardening provide an opportunity to enjoy flowering plants with spectacular colors, but also vegetables of all kinds. Spice up your meals with vegetables and herbs grown in your own garden. Vegetables that perform well in containers include peppers, squash, tomatoes and lettuce. Herbs that are happy in containers include basil, sage, thyme and oregano.

Installing Your Plants
Although filling a container with dirt and sticking in a plant couldn’t seem simpler, here are a couple of tips to get your container off to a good start:

  • When adding potting soil leave about 2 inch below the rim
  • If your containers are inside, or on a surface that could be damaged, put a draining tray underneath the containers
  • Create a hole large enough to position your plant with the roots covered
  • Don’t compact the soil too much; leave the soil loose
  • Give your new plantings a good drink and keep the soil moist without over-watering
  • Add a layer of mulch over the soil to conserve moisture and control weeds

After you are familiar with the fundamental container gardening tips, experiment with planting orchids and other, more exotic, plants. Little else in life is as satisfying as watching green vegetables growing, vivid colored flower buds blooming and fruits ripening. With container gardening ideas,