Basic Container Gardening Tips

Basic Container Gardening Tips

Basic Container Gardening Tips

If you always wanted to garden, but space limitations are stopping you, container gardening can be your answer. Patios, along sidewalks, incorporated into the existing landscape, and even indoors.You can garden in decorative or plain small pots or large containers, your imagination is the limit.

Just as with any other method of gardening, you need to do a little planning to be successful. Sunlight is the one factor that is going to decide if the garden is going to be a full sun, partial shade or a shade garden. There are plants that will do well for each of these light conditions.

When deciding on the amount of light the area you have to use gets, you should check it at different times of the day, first thing in the morning, mid-morning, early afternoon, mid-afternoon, and early evening. Take notes of where the light is at each of these times of day. There may be areas that you have never realised that get very little or no sunlight throughout the day. Once you have observed this condition, you can decide on a location for your containers and whether it will be a full sun, partial shade or shade garden.

Taking care of your garden
Taking care of your garden

Taking care of your garden

Once you have decided on a location and light condition, you need to decide on the size of the garden, taking into account that you will need the time to care for the gardens needs.

There is nothing wrong with starting out small, and expanding as you get more comfortable with your gardening experience. Now it is time to choose what plants you can and want to grow under this conditions, along with if they are going to be annuals or perennials.

After your plant selection has been made soil, nutrients and water are the last and most important part. Soil needs to be of a quality that will retain moisture and nutrients for plant life to thrive, along with being a well draining soil, garden soil will not work. Garden soils compact in container applications, a good healthy organic soil structure in a traditional garden is not the same as container gardening mixes. Potting soil mixes can be purchased premixed at most garden centres or you can design your own for the specific plant needs that you are growing.

The potting mix you use, fertiliser and water are all very important in container garden. Containers need to be monitored for moisture on a regular basis or they will dry out.They are not the same as the soil in a traditional garden that will retain moisture in a larger area, and the nutrients plants need to thrive in a container garden should be an organic, slow release fertiliser.

Chemicals can be dangerous

Chemicals can be dangerous

The rain was pouring down, but as a true Germanic I knew my duty. My knees were sodden as I knelt down and planted out the collection into this suddenly wet garden, while the rain poured down. After I finished planting out, having added a handful of bonemeal underneath each plant, as a final solution, I went around with pellets of Growmore and scattered them around on the surface.

Chemicals can be dangerous
Chemicals can be dangerous

Next day I went to visit this wet setting and about 10 plants, out of the 150 I had planted, were in a desparate state, having leaves that were bent and which had given up. All tne others had survived the continous rain. So why had the others had their foliage destroyed at the stem?

It took a while to work it out, and all sorts of explanations provided red herrings before the solution. When I threw the Growmore capsules around, some had lodged in the joint between the stem and the leaf. Careless distribution, because Growmore has to be on the ground to have the effect it is used for.

As soon as the 20 hours of continous rain arrived the Growmore pellets lodged between the stem and the leaf began to dissolve. The volume that dissolved was too much for the stem, and it rapidly disintegrated.

So, when applying pellets to your young cannas, please be careful. Keep them on the ground and ensure that none lodge on the joint between the stem and the leaves, otherwise, when the rains arrive they will dissolve the concentrated feriliser and overwhelm the leaf joint.

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