Even in the smallest of spaces, you can grow your own food and flowers. If you have a patio, a balcony or even just a sunny windowsill, you can be a successful container gardener. Here are a few tips to help you in your efforts and to make sure your container garden thrives:
Choosing Your Containers
When choosing your containers, it is important to remember that not all plants enjoy the same conditions. Some plants will need good drainage and will do better in a terracotta pot, like the beautiful Jewel Tone Flower Pot Trio, while others will enjoy the extra moisture retained in one made of recycled plastic or alternatively, a rustic planter made from wood such as the Charming Country Wagon Wheel Planter or the Rustic Country Barrel Planter. A stone planter will retain heat and help sun-loving plants from warmer climates, while a metal one could overheat the roots of some delicate plants. Understanding the needs of the flowers, vegetables or herbs that you want to grow will be the first step in successful container gardening.
Locating Your Containers
Almost everyone will have enough space to put a few containers, even if they are just small ones like the Teacup Planters. But where you choose to locate your containers could be the difference between success and failure. If you only have windowsills, choose the window that gets the most sunlight, ideally one that is south facing. If you have a patio or balcony, you will have a little more flexibility and will be able to position planters to take advantage of the best places for sun, for shade and for shelter, to create mini habitats for a range of different plants.
Growing Medium For Pots and Planters
One of the best things you can do to ensure the continued good-health of plants in your container garden is produce your own compost using waste from your kitchen and any plant waste that is generated. Compost is especially important where you are trying to grow at least some of your own food. The good news is that it is easy to produce compost, even when space is limited. Vermiculture (using worms to help create compost) is a great way to compost indoors or out. Compost tumblers and small hot composting systems can also be good investments for container gardeners.
Watering and Water Conservation
Many gardeners go wrong when if comes to watering and this can be especially damaging when gardening in containers. Soil/ compost in containers can dry out far more quickly than the soil in open ground and if you do not have adequate drainage in your pots then they can sometimes become waterlogged. It is important to grow the right plants in the right containers and to understand how much water each one needs. When the weather is dry, mulching around plants in containers can help conserve moisture. There are also some great water conservation solutions, such as the Plant Watering Globe Stakes, which will allow plants to absorb just as much water as they need.
As your container garden grows, you will learn more about the conditions where you live, what grows well there and how to make those plants thrive. But by considering the above advice, you should have a good head start when it comes to achieving container garden success and creating an abundant yield and a beautiful display.