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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Next: More on Container Gardening Basic.