Container Gardening – Using Your Available Space

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,