Container Gardening Basics-
Container gardening is a lovely way to bring color and fragrance to your porch, patios and small spaces. It is perfect for those who do not have yard or garden spaces or who live in the city and want to brighten up their balconies and terraces too.
I enjoy having flowers on our porch and patio just as much as I enjoy them in the flower beds. I have been busy filling our pots and containers with sweet summer flowers. Some even have blooms already. I also use containers for some perennials like these in our bird garden. ( click on the photos to enlarge)
Container gardening Basics– a few easy steps for success.
• Pick your container– you can have a container in any size shape and style. You can use traditional planter pots or get creative and use barrels, ceramics, boxes and anything else that will provide a happy home for your flowers. Choose your planters according to your flower/plant/vegetable/herb needs.Smaller containers are portable so you can move them wherever you like.
• Drainage-A trick I learned from my Mother is to use plastic bottles and jugs in the bottom of your pots and containers for drainage. No need to gather rocks or buy rocks to provide drainage for your containers. It’s a great way to recycle and keep that plastic out of the landfills too.
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• Soil- I use a premixed container gardening mix (Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix) available in most stores and garden centers. But if you are really ambitious you can make your own using equal parts compost, pulverized bark (pine) and vermiculite. Soil from your flower beds and yard is too dense for container gardening.
• Plants-I stick with a three flower system for most of my containers- A focal flower/plant, a filler flower/plant and a hanging/spilling flower plant. You can also plant seeds, herbs, vegetables and perennials in your containers.
Plant the flowers/plants- leaving plenty of room for them to fill in your containers as they grow. Container gardening takes patience while you wait for your flowers/plants to grow and to fill in. It will be worth the wait.
Note-I planted some flowers/plants that are already grown and blooming in our window boxes and the planter on the table) . But I still think half of the fun of container gardening is watching them fill in. When they are full and lush the hummingbirds will be visiting ( I’ll share my container garden progress in a future post).
• Water- Water container plants thoroughly and often. Weather, sunlight, plant size, and pot size will help you determine how frequently to water. Do not let your container’s soil dry out.
That’s it my sweet bloggy friends you now know everything I know about the container gardening basics.
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