Would you like to start a container garden but do not know where to begin? We have created this guide to help you establish an amazing container garden. We cover everything from choosing the location of your garden, preparing the containers to taking care of your plants.
Follow the guidelines and suggestions below and you will enjoy container gardening.
Choosing a Location
The first step is choosing the right location for your container garden. Your containers can be outdoors or indoors. Consider exposure to sunlight since your plants will definitely need sunshine when selecting a location. Children and pets must also be considered.
Another factor to bear in mind is the purpose of the container garden. You should also spot your containers where it will be easy to take care of your plants. In addition, your container garden should not interfere with the architectural design of your home. Rather, it should complement it.
After you have decided on the location of your container garden, the next important step is choosing the right containers. Plants will grow in the containers. There are different containers to choose from. Your choices will depend on the plants you will grow as well as your space.
While shopping for containers, consider the drainage, size, color, weight as well as the materials. The size and weight of the container depends on the amount of space you have, the plants it can support and if you plan to relocate it from time to time.
Popular materials used to make potting containers include metal, wood, plastic, clay and terra cotta. Each of these materials has its advantages and disadvantages.
For example, metal is more durable than most of the other materials but it absorbs a lot of heat during hot weather. Terracotta and clay containers on the other hand are attractive but are fragile and not suitable during winter.
Preparing the Containers
It is important to use container soil that is also known as potting mix. Such a mix is specially formulated for container gardening. In addition, container soil is sterilized thus does not contain harmful microorganisms. Do not dig soil out of the ground and use it. This is because such soil cannot support plants in a container environment.
Moreover, when filling the containers, leave enough space for watering. It is however important to remember that there are different container soil formulations for different plants. Your choice for container soil must therefore depend on the type of plants you will grow. Furthermore, if you do not want to buy potting mix, you can prepare it yourself.
You can grow herbs, flowers, vegetables, shrubs or small trees successfully in containers. Therefore, the mix of plants you grow in your container garden will depend on the purpose of your garden. When selecting plants, consider the size of your containers as well as the location of your garden. The growing characteristics of the plants must also be considered.
For example, some plants will grow spreading while others have long root systems. In addition, some plants grow well when combined with other plants. If you plan well therefore, you can have a mix of plants in one container. Moreover, depending with your design, you can grow annuals or perennials. It is advisable to start small with a few containers then add more plants as you gain experience.
Taking Care of Your Container Garden
After planting, taking care of your garden begins. Establish a regular watering routine so that you plants have adequate water to thrive. In addition, if you have large containers, spread a layer of mulch. This keeps the containers attractive and helps retain moisture.
Your plants also need regular application of fertilizer to supply extra growth nutrients. It is also important to remove dead leaves or flowers to keep your containers looking nice. Other garden maintenance activities may include pruning, thinning, weeding, and pest control to ensure healthy plants.
These are the essential guidelines when you want to start a container garden. Just like with the other types of gardens, proper planning is the key to success. In addition, your garden needs your attention. Take care of your plants through watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, thinning and control pests.