Container Gardening Install & Maintenance
You do not need a big patio or porch to put up a garden of flowers or crop of vegetables in containers, even the smallest can do. Some of the containers that you can use include: wooden barrels, large flowerpots, planter boxes and hanging baskets. Your imagination should not limit you as a container gardener. The practice of growing plants exclusively in containers instead of planting them in the ground is referred to as container gardening.
Container gardening install
Glazed ceramic pots are the most preferred containers because they do not deteriorate in UV light and they don’t dry out fast. Redwood and cedar are rot resistant therefore you can go for them because they do not need to be stained or painted. You should go for light-colored containers when the climate is hot. Containers with capacity between 15 and 120 quarts works better for vegetables with deep roots.
Adequate drainage is very important for the container. A half inch across holes is preferred and you can prevent soil loss by lining the base of the pot using a newspaper. You can set your container on blocks or bricks to allow free drainage. Always closely monitor your plants when you are using a clay pot.
The procedure of planting will depend on the plant that you choose to keep in your container. After getting the right container and plant for yourself you can then check on the soil that will suit the growth of your plant.
Here is a summary of the install process: first decide on a plant, get the right container for the plant, get the best soil for your plant, put the soil in a container and then the plant, water the plant and then keep it where you want it to be.
Container gardening maintenance
We asked popular gardening and design company Gardensmith in Tampa Bay, Florida, some tips for proper gardening maintenance and upkeep.
Do thorough watering. You container plants should be irrigated and it depends on factors like plant size, pot size and temperature. You should spread a layer of mulch very well in the garden because it will make large containers look attractive. Remember to keep mulch an inch from plant stems. It will help in retaining moisture.
Feed container plants regularly. You can use compost tea, diluted fish emulsion or seaweed extract to fertilize the plants by watering. Diluted solutions of foliar feed can also be an option when sprayed on plants’ leaves. Feeding the plants once every two weeks can be a start then the frequency will depend on the response of the plant.
Containers should be given special attention. You should always keep them in good condition because they are the focal points in your garden. Deadhead flowers, tattered leaves and plants that always get leggy should be removed. You can keep your mixed pots attractive by removing plants that clash or are not growing well. Of course your goal should also be to keep the container pest-free. By following these simple guidelines you’ll have an attractive and healthy container garden that you can be proud of.