There are many ways to use gardening containers.
A great way to solve space constraints is to find creative ways to use gardening containers - pots, metal tubs, window boxes, etc.
Using a Container to Grow Plants:
- Container gardening has many benefits, and also comes with its own specific challenges.
- Not all plants can do well in containers, for example, potted plants need to be watered more often, as the earth in a container tends to dry out fairly quickly.
- Plants in containers feel temperature changes more intensely as well, as they have less insulation and more surface exposure.
Container Gardening Mistakes: Introduction to using garden containers, in the most common and uncommon environments & growing conditions.
A common mistake is to overcrowded potted plants. While this gives you a 'fuller' look, it tends to cause the plants stress - as reflected by their lessened vitality in these conditions. Lack of fertilization is another common mistake:
Since potted plants don't get as much nutrition from the earth, they need additional nutrients. A great solution is a time-release fertilizer. Another typical beginner mistake is to use too small a pot. The larger the container, the better the chance the plant has to thrive.
How to Use Gardening Containers: 101It is critical that your plants get enough sun exposure.
- At least five hours a day of full sun is considered a minimum essential. Watering the potted plants twice daily is strongly recommended.
- If you're combining plants within one pot, learn which vegetables are mutually compatible.
- Parsley and basil both require a similar amount of watering and go well together. Rosemary and oregano both prefer drier soil.
9 Tips for Successful Container Gardening
- Often times people choose clay pots over plastic, simply because they look better.
- The truth is that plastic containers do a better job, at retaining moisture.
- You may want to place a plastic pot inside a clay pot, to create something both attractive and practical.
- Metal tubs are also excellent growing containers - just make holes at the bottom so the soil can drain.
- Choosing the type of pot depends on how you plan to use gardening containers to beautify your home and/or yield veggies for your table.
- By adding gravel to the container at the bottom, you'll be improving drainage in a big way. About one inch of gravel will be plenty.
- Aside from the fertilizer and watering, it helps if you add compost and/or trace elements to the potted soil.
- Keep a close eye on any insect infestations - the potted plant is very vulnerable to bugs and insects.
- Harvest any food-yielding plant regularly to keep them productive.
Advantages of Container Gardening
- One of the best parts of potted plants is that weeding is drastically reduced.
- Another advantage is that you can easily relocate plants, to sunnier spots of even take them with you as you move.
- For people living in urban spaces, require small space gardens, or dwellings will little planting soil. Learning how to use gardening containers can be a perfect solution.