Container Gardening: The Step-by-Step Guide
For further details on starting your container garden, here’s a step-by-step guide specifically, with kitchen-friendly plants, as examples.
Decide on what you would like to (and can actually) grow.
In choosing what to grow, you must specifically consider your time, your lifestyle and your needs, as these define the extent of commitment you can give your garden. For example, if you want your pots to be decorative In that case, you pick ornamental plants.
However, if your idea of a hobby is simple being happy-go-lucky, with no commitments, just come and go, it’s either you think it all over again or choose low maintenance plants to grow in your pots. In this way, you only have to water them once in a while.
Many container gardening enthusiasts choose to grow what they need in the kitchen. Also, several of the kitchen experts are now growing their herbs in their very working area. This is probably a good way to combine your passion with your work towards pleasurable functionality. For these people, good and common options for container gardening include certain herbs, lettuce, and tomatoes – different variants of such, that is.
Situate your plants in a strategic manner.
Being strategic allows you to implement a useful way to achieve a predetermined plan or more. This can happen whether you want your ornaments in the living room or your insect repellents in the outdoors; whether you want your air freshening greens in the toilet, or yes, your beautifying robust herbs in the kitchen, you are being strategic, wise, and indeed, cool.
As mentioned earlier, light is a major element in gardening. Herbs, at the most, need full sun, and so a strategic spot for your herbs and vegetables must be established where sunlight is abundant, being careful not to dehydrate your plants. Furthermore, if there are other considerations you wish to include in terms of the decision on where to place your beauties, feel free to incorporate them.
Choose the details of your container.
Things to consider in choosing or making your own containers depend largely on what type of plant your going to grow.
Do their roots need extra space underneath the soil surface? Are you going for taller types of plants that might need a wider base for support? These among many, are factors that may affect the functionality of your containers.
In case you would like to grow herbs and lettuce, you will be needing a shallow container with a large surface area and a bottom that allows the roots to breath. If you would like to grow tomatoes, a bucket, or any deeper container will do the trick.
Simply, the containers you should pick, in order for the plants to achieve their fullest vibrancy, should provide adequate space for roots and soil media, for the plant to thrive. Your functional ‘pots’, which will contain your exuberant plants, may be used in or around your house or office to provide focal points, serve as dividers, secure privacy, screen objectionable views, and grow your edible garden.
Moreover, whether to purchase or to build your container will depend largely on how you may want to present your garden. But aesthetics does not exclusively dictate that you have to purchase your container.
For many, finding whatever is available around is as much fun as choosing among rows of commercially made pots. You may plant in an old toy bin, a tub, or even a boot, depending on how you interpret beauty and functionality.
The types of containers you choose will make a significant difference in how frequently you water your plant.
If you are using a plastic pot, know that plastic does not absorb water; it holds it.
Clay pots, on the other hand, are what absorb water, so plants will need to be watered more frequently when using this kind of container.
Glazed pots are somewhere in between plastic and clay pots, in that they do hold some water, but still absorb moisture.
Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening
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