How To Start a Container Garden
If you think this is your first time gardening, you might have to think again, because at some point in your life somebody either from home or from school assisted you in planting certain seeds in a small container so you can watch it develop.
Maybe when you first experimented with your childhood friend, on what would happen if you soaked those beans overnight. You probably even had an attempt to ‘re-plant’ a flower on a vase to see how long it would stay as fresh, or if it would grow further.
Of course, not everything you did back then can be strictly considered as ‘gardening’, but this is only to show that there have been attempts on your part in the earlier times of your life, consciously or otherwise, to grow something.
This shows that naturally, there has always been that interest inside you to do this. You may not view yourself as a gardener, but as long as the drive is there, your gardening experience will surely bring you pleasure.
Consider all the elements
1. The right amount of light:
In starting with container gardening, it is important to consider the different elements involved in this kind of gardening. These include light, soil, fertilizer, container, and plants. Every plant needs light. Most herbs are said to need 6 hours of light in one day.
2. Type of soil:
There are different kinds of soil, with different characteristics. In container gardening, there is what is called potting soil which provides good drainage to most of your herbs. Drainage holes in the container are also essential to allow your plants’ roots to breathe.
3. Don't over-fertilize herbs:
Fertilizers are said to be optional, especially with herbs. Some type herbs are better grown alone, without much water or fertilizers, or even attention. Whichever your pick is, just remember not to over-fertilize herbs.
4. Chose the right container:
The container is another big thing that matters a lot. While you can choose anything to serve as an herb container, the size of the container depending on your plants’ needs. Keep in mind that the smaller the container, the less soil there is.
5. Don't Over Water Your Plants:
To address possible problems on your inability to attend to your plants on a daily basis, there is what is called self-watering containers. What this kind of container provides is a constant level on their moisture on the soil. However, unlike herbs like chives, mint, and parsley, some herbs prefer dry soil, thus self-watering containers won't be a good candidate.
Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening
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