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Container Gardening-1
Sirjana Bhandari

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Colorful containers
Container gardening is being popular nowadays. It offers opportunities for experimenting with colors and flowers in your garden or lawn, using unusual areas, gardening indoors, decorating homes or gardens, etc. Barrels of petunias, geraniums, or impatiens located along garden paths, edges, the center or corners can add visual impact. Usually, growing plants either in gardens or in containers is same task but there are some differences too. We should be more careful while gardening in containers. Container-growing plants get limited space, soil, fertilizer/nutrition and water. So, to fulfill their requirements, we have to look after them closely from time to time.
Carrier as Container
A large variety of containers is available at the market, like different types of shape and size- round, square, hexagonal, rectangular etc., different type of colors and made by different type of materials. They are made of weather (heat, cold, rain) resistant wood, such as cypress, redwood, or cedar, or made of plastic, clay, concrete or ceramic.

Be judicial while selecting a container to grow plants. It is not necessary to buy expensive, colorful, large and attractive containers. You can try an old tub, barrels, an antique urn or some other large or small containers. Before planting, just make sure that they are large enough to allow plants and roots to grow and have a few holes in the bottom so water can be drained properly when watered.

What look first on container gardening?
Hole in Container
1) Container should be clean.

2) There must be hole/holes in bottom of the containers.

3) Should be specious for plants’ roots.

4) Choose small container for small plant and large for large plant.

5) To place in indoor, must have plate with container.

6) Use lighter container for large or heavy plant and heavy container for lighter plants.

7) Avoid crack clay pot.

What look second on container gardening?
Soil Types
There is a limited space in the container and the limited space can be filled with a limited amount of soil, fertilizer or nutrition, and water. Because of this reason, soil and its types is a major concern in container gardening. Different types of plants require different types of soil. It depends on the nature, character, and the native place of the plants. There are also different types of soil like clay, silt, sand etc. and all of these types have different way of function such as absorbing air, draining water, containing and holding minerals or fertilizer etc.

Soil Mixing
Good soil helps grow good and vigorous plants. You can use your own garden soil, if it is appropriate. If not, you can buy packaged potting soil or make it yourself by buying and mixing different materials such as compost, sand, peat moss, clay etc. While mixing one part peat moss or compost, one part sand, and two parts of your own garden soil can be appropriate for most kinds of plants. Usually, most plants can be grown in average soil (above mixture), but some plant varieties require a specific soil mix which can be bought at local plant nursery or at agriculture/garden centers. In addition, garden experts state that it is safe to use packaged potting soil which is sterilized (where there is no chance of diseases and weed seeds existing) and nutritious. Soil can be any type, but at the time of planting or later it should ideally be moist, but not soggy. If there is still more soil, you can store it for the future. To properly store your soil mixture for future use, use a plastic bag or closed container to retain the moisture of the soil.


Plants Growing in Container

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