Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The basics of container gardening

Plants offer a taste of nature and verdant greenery in any home. Whether you live in a house with a full garden or in a tiny apartment with hardly any space for plants, container gardening is a great way to add an element of nature to your home. 

Interesting containers can add texture and personality to your garden.

Choosing the container

Container gardening is particularly great for small homes, where it can be integrated practically anywhere, from window boxes to regular pots and planters. For a touch of whimsy, you may also opt for unconventional containers such as wheelbarrows and baskets. In small spaces, the container is just as important as the plant itself. Make sure the container style goes with the room's interiors. Container plants also look great alongside plants in a full garden. Interesting containers can add texture and personality to your garden. The ideal container should have good drainage, so containers with bigger holes at the bottom are better choices. 

Starting on the soil

Use potting mix for the soil instead of regular soil taken from a garden. Choose a potting mix with perlite for better drainage. Too much water can cause the roots of the plant to rot. You may also want to select a potting mix with a time-release fertilizer for a healthier plant. 

Selecting plants

Make sure you choose plants that are suited to your planned location for the container. If you’re going to use it as an indoor plant, choose a plant that does not require much sun. Also consider the size of your container, and ask your local garden supply store about the best plant to fit in your chosen container. Have fun with your choices. Don’t be limited to regular plants. You may also choose to grow your own herbs or even vegetables in these containers. 

Plant care

Watering your plant well and keeping the soil moist are the keys to maintaining a healthy container plant. Just make sure you drain the tray to keep the plant from drowning. - Aislinn Kee


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