Basic Container Gardening Tips For The Home Gardener

Basic Container Gardening Tips For The Home Gardener

If you always wanted to garden, but space limitations are stopping you, container gardening can be your answer. Patios, along sidewalks, incorporated into the existing landscape, and even indoors. You can garden in decorative or plain small pots or large containers, your imagination is the limit.

Just as with any other method of gardening, you need to do a little planning to be successful. Sunlight is the one factor that is going to decide if the garden is going to be a full sun, partial shade or a shade garden. There are plants that will do well for each of these light conditions. When deciding on the amount of light the area you have to use gets, you should check it at different times of the day, first thing in the morning, mid-morning, early afternoon, mid-afternoon, and early evening. Take notes of where the light is at each of these times of day. There may be areas that you have never realized that get very little or no sunlight throughout the day. Once you have observed this condition, you can decide on a location for your containers and whether it will be a full sun, partial shade or shade garden.

Once you have decided on a location and light condition, you need to decide on the size of the garden, taking into account that you will need the time to care for the gardens needs. There is nothing wrong with starting out small, and expanding as you get more comfortable with your gardening experience. Now it is time to choose what plants you can and want to grow under this conditions, along with if they are going to be annuals or perennials.

After your plant selection has been made soil, nutrients and water are the last and most important part. Soil needs to be of a quality that will retain moisture and nutrients for plant life to thrive, along with being a well draining soil, garden soil will not work. Garden soils compact in container applications, a good healthy organic soil structure in a traditional garden is not the same as container gardening mixes. Potting soil mixes can be purchased premixed at most garden centers or you can design your own for the specific plant needs that you are growing.

The potting mix you use, fertilizer and water are all very important in container garden. Containers need to be monitored for moisture on a regular basis or they will dry out. They are not the same as the soil in a traditional garden that will retain moisture in a larger area, and the nutrients plants need to thrive in a container garden should be an organic, slow release fertilizer. There are many varieties of fertilizers to choose from at most garden centers, and for your specific gardening needs.

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