CONTAINER GARDEN TIPS


CONTAINER GARDEN TIPS


Containers has been used for gardening and has recently been trending. Once you get involved with container gardening, you might find yourself growing more and more pots each year. Instead of flinging and tossing away containers around you, am glad to let you know that it can be very useful for container gardening. It’s very important to have a garden in your home, it could be a garden of edible vegetables, beautiful ornamental flowers, herbs, etc. which could help you in time of need and also help you save some money which would have been used to purchase them. Here are some of our best tips for successful container gardens.


1.  Get a container
Containers used could be a bucket, old tire, water bottles etc. Depending on your taste and choice on the type of container you want to use for your plant. One of the best ways to avoid plant panic, or at least minimize it, is to decide what you want before you go to the nursery and make a list. Try to create a list at least with the number of pots, the sizes, and where they are going - so you can get plants that fit the pots and know if you need plants for sun or shade or anything in between.

2.  Create a drainage

While this may sound like an odd first tip, it can be a matter of life and death for your plants. When there isn't a big enough hole or holes for water to get out of your pot, your soil becomes too wet and the roots of your plants can rot which causes the plant to die. The bad news is that many garden pots that are sold simply don't have enough drainage. You can often increase drainage, by drilling, punching or carving bigger holes. However, sometimes it's just easier to buy a pot that does have enough drainage.


The minimum size for a drainage hole is 1/2 inch in diameter for small or medium-sized pots. For larger sized containers, look for at least an inch in diameter. There is a total parable that by adding gravel, pot shards, or stones to the bottom of your container garden, you will increase drainage. Some people even say you don't need drainage holes if you put these things in the bottom of your pots.

3.  Evaluate Your Light

People often wildly overestimate how much sun their containers get. While you can find a great plant for almost any amount of light, you have to know how much light your container will get before you choose your plants. To figure out how much direct light your container will get, place it where you want it and then time how long the sun hits it. You can also use a sun calculator to determine your sunlight.


4.  Get a good seed for your plant
Whether you are planting through seeds, grafting, budding etc. make sure they are of good quality because this will determine the growth of your plant.


5.  Feed Your Plants
Make sure your plant are Well-fed plants in containers. Most potting soil has no accessible nutrients for your plants, you need to add those. The vast majority of plants will need fertilizer added to your soil, in order to thrive. You can mix in a slow release fertilizer into my potting mix. To do this, either mix up a big batch of potting soil mixed with fertilizer in a bucket or fill your pot with potting soil and then mix in the fertilizer.
Then fertilize every week or two with a liquid fertilizer - usually a fish emulsion, seaweed blend. It smells awful but really helps to give plants the nutrition they need. Many people use synthetic fertilizer, and while it will feed your plants and help them to grow if you start using it. Organic gardening depends on these organisms so once you've used synthetic fertilizer, you will have to stick to it or another synthetic fertilizer.


6.  Plant Good Neighbors

When you are choosing plants for your container make sure that they will play well together. This means that all the plants in one pot should all require the same amount of light and moisture. If you combine plants with different needs, some of them will not thrive. So, for example, if you have a plant that requires full sun, you want all the plants you choose for that pot to also require full sun. If you have a plant that likes to dry out between watering, you don't want to put it in a pot with plants that like it wet.

7.  Sometimes Plants Die
The more plants you grow; the more plants you will kill. It's that simple. Sometimes even the most expert gardeners will kill plants. It's a fact of gardening life. The trick is to know when to give up on a plant. In a mixed container garden, it makes sense to give up rather early, so your whole container doesn't look ugly. When a plant starts looking dreadful you have a couple of choices. Depending on the plant, you can cut it back dramatically, and hope for the best. For many plants, this is all it takes, and in a few weeks, your plant will come roaring back, happy and beautiful.
You can pull out the unhappy plant and put another plant in its place. Depending on how dead and/or precious the plant is, you can try to rehabilitate by reporting it and baby it until it rebounds or you just can't stand the look of it any longer. However, if your plant is exhibiting signs of serious disease, take it out immediately, re-pot it and either quarantine or put it in a plastic bag and throw it out.

8.  Garden How You Live
Here's the honest truth - container gardening is hard work. It takes time and attention, and while it doesn't have to be expensive, it can be. Here's some more truth - there is no such thing as a foolproof plant or gardening system - even if you cover all your bases, some plants with thrive and some will not. This is both the good news and the bad. All of the uncertainty and hard work makes the whole endeavor exciting, rewarding, and endlessly interesting.

To have the most fun and to increase your chances of success with any kind of gardening, assess how you live before you dive in. No matter what the answer is, there are container gardens that will work with your lifestyle. You don't like to water? Grow succulents and other drought-resistant plants. Don't have a lot of extra cash? Make your containers out of found items or haunt yard sales and second-hand stores. If you have a formal entrance and want a more tailored container look choose large containers in classic shapes and plant them with luxurious and eye-catching plants.
Whatever your style, there are plants that can work for you. You just have to do a little research and experimentation to find what works.


           
SUMMARY
Tips for Container Gardening Are:
  1. Create a drainage
  2. Get a container
  3. Evaluate Your Light
  4. Get a good seed for your plant
  5. Feed Your Plants
  6. Plant Good Neighbors
  7. Sometimes Plants Die

  8. Garden How You Live


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