No garden? No fear! The Must-Know Do's And Don'ts Of Container Gardening
Don’t be one of those people that let limited space keep them from growing their own food. Instead, try growing in containers. From herbs to vining plants to fruiting shrubs, a container garden can satisfy your green thumb!
To help you get off to a great start, we created a list of do’s and don’ts that you should follow!
The Do’s of Container Gardening: – DO research the plants you want to use.
Plants have their own needs including soil depth, nutrients, spacing and other. If you want to grow plants in a container garden you should understand your plant’s needs. If you don’t take extra measures to protect your containers and the plant growing inside, you might get disappointed. The container size is important as well. If it’s too small, it will dry out fast and may not provide adequate room for your plant to thrive.
– DO put your container garden in a sunny spot before filling it with soil (and especially before watering it).
Don’t give up hope if the sun doesn’t reach your yard, patio or deck. Many plants can sustain minimum sunlight (3-6 hours). Lettuce, spinach, chard and kale, are some of these good options if you lack sunlight. For other plants try and find a spot with more than 6 hrs of direct sunlight. Also, place the pot where you want it before filling it with soil, this saves lots of trouble.
– DO take special care to prepare the soil.
If you fill your container with topsoil and compost, you’ll regret. There isn’t anywhere for soil or water to disperse to and it can become compacted and waterlogged. The planting material for containers needs to be aerated and fluffy, being the reason why containers are typically filled with soilless potting mix.
– DO fertilize.
It’s a little harder to rely on organic matter to feed your soil in a container than, say, a raised garden bed. So, you need to turn to an organic alternative to make sure your container garden is well fed. You could use an all purpose organic granular fertilizer mixed in with the soil medium to start. Then continue fertilizing regularly with a liquid fertilizer.
The Don’ts of Container Gardening: – DON’T forget to choose a pot with drainage holes, or create them yourself.
Drainage is very important for planting in containers, so make sure there are enough drainage holes before planting. Add some gravel in the bottom of the container as well, and cover it with permeable landscape fabric.
– DON’T forget to check for water needs more frequently.
Containers dry out faster and require more attention. During the hottest days of the summer, water fully mature container gardens twice a day. However, check them often and only water if the top couple of inches is dry. If you are not going to be home for several days, find someone to keep watering for you.
– DON’T leave perennials planted in containers outside all winter.
The ground does a great job at insulating plant roots. This protection is lacking in a container. Relocate plants that aren’t cold hardy beyond your zone to the garage for the winter. Keep in mind that some moisture may still be needed during the dormant period.
– DON’T leave the same soil in a container year after year.
Eventually, you will need to replace the soil in your container. How often depends on the circumstances. If a disease or insect pest shows up, you must change the soil. Consider replacing the soil if you notice it is not as fluffy and moist as in the beginning as well. And, if the soil is bound up with roots, it also might be easier just to replace it.
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