Making the Most of Your Compact Garden Container Gardening


You might think that living in an apartment will limit your gardening opportunities.  Thankfully, there is an alternative to the traditional back yard garden. That answer is container gardening.  This type of gardening can be done indoors or outside on a patio, or as a part of your landscape.

Whatever your gardening reasons are, container gardening can allow you to grow many of the same organic plants that you would enjoy in a traditional garden. A lot of enthusiasts have as much fun when they are choosing the containers as actually planting.

There really isn’t any limit in what you can grow plants in, with the exception of one thing that would be of a concern is that the container should be made of food-grade material. Adequate drainage is extremely important with container gardening.  Otherwise, the roots of your plants will rot.

Good drainage is easy to provide with the number of containers holes that you can make. Most people place the holes on the bottom of the container, but that only works if nothing is underneath the container to block the flow. Most veteran container gardeners make the decision to move the holes to the side. Another tip for container gardening is that you need to] use good quality soil.

The soil should allow the plants to get the moisture it needs, and still not get oversaturated. Do not use garden soil, it compacts too easily and will not drain well. Your local gardening store will have soil mixtures designed for container gardening, or you can mix your own to better serve the unique plants in your garden. Another concern with container gardening is plant nutrition.

The mix you buy at the store might not have the nutrients you would find in a typical organic garden.  You will need to provide your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive. An avid gardener can often find the organic fertilizer needed to supplement the plant’s nutritional needs.

The fertilizer will only work properly if it is properly applied, so be sure to follow the directions, and only use a small amount. The method used for watering your plant is very crucial as well. Containers dry out easier from the sun and wind, especially during the hot summer months. It is a crucial part of the system to monitor the soil moisture.

The hobby of organic gardening is enjoyable to many people.. Container gardening is certainly a viable option, especially if you don’t have the room for a traditional garden.  So go ahead and give it a go.  What’s the worst that can happen?  You might have some containers to give away in the end, and that is all.

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