Space Saving Gardening: Container Gardening
Container gardening is right for those with little or no garden space. Gardeners limited to a balcony, small yard, or only a patch of sun on their driveway can produce a good kind of vegetable crops in containers. Basil, chives, thyme, and other herbs are also quite happy growing in pots, which may be set during a convenient spot right outside the kitchen door.
These tips will walk us through how to create a beautiful container garden that we’ll enjoy all season long.
1. Monitor Container’s Moisture Level
Keeping our newly created container adequately watered helps the plants settle in and start growing roots. After that first watering, check back in a day or two to see if the first inch or so of soil is dry to the touch. If it’s dry, it’s time to water again. We will know we have given our container enough water when it runs out the bottom drainage hole. If we choose to use a saucer under the pot, make sure to keep it emptied so that the plant roots do not rot when sitting in the collected water.
2. Mix Warm Colours
This combination is inspired by the warm colours of a sunset. The yellow container brings out the canna flowers and spiller. The salvia and firecracker plant, plus lantana heat things up even more with their fiery flowers. Two varieties of sweet potato vine add bright foliage as spillers.
3. Limit the Number of Plants
Be careful not to overfill a container garden. If the plants are overcrowded, growth can be stunted above and below the soil.
4. Choose a Container based on Our Climate, Budget, Space, and Style
Much like plants, containers have their own characteristics to require under consideration, like weight, sensitivity to weather changes, and appearance. We’ll also want to consider our budget, space, and style when choosing a container. Keep in mind that the larger the size of our container, the less we will need to water, but whichever we choose, always make sure it has holes in the bottom to allow extra water to drain out. Some common types of pots include the following.
• Terra-Cotta: Versatile and inexpensive, terra-cotta containers are also referred to as clay pots. We can find them plain or with colourful glazes on the outside. The only downside to using terra-cotta is that they’re somewhat fragile. They will chip and crack if handled too roughly and can be damaged by freezing temperatures.
• Concrete: Concrete containers can take any type of weather. Be careful when placing our concrete planters because they are extremely heavy and even more difficult to move once they’re filled with soil and plants.
• Wood: Pick a durable wood, like cedar or nontoxic treated pine. To help them last longer, brush all surfaces with a clear waterproofing sealer labelled for use on outdoor wood.
• Plastic, Fiberglass, or Resin: These sorts of containers are often made to seem like almost the other sort of container. They aren’t as high quality and won’t last forever, but they can accomplish a certain look.
• Repurposed Containers: Choose old baskets, tin buckets, birdbaths, and watering containers to house our favourite plants. This look is stylish and rustic.