Getting Started in Container Gardening
Sometimes, the urge to garden might be stomped out by other circumstances, such as living arrangements or space constrictions. If you live in an apartment, you can’t really operate a full garden, simply because you don’t have a yard! One of the best solutions for this problem is to grow plants in containers. You can hang these, or just arrange them on your patio, window sill or balcony. Just a few baskets or pots, and your whole living area will look much classier and nicer.
A benefit of growing in small containers is that you can move them around to suit your needs. If you rearrange your furniture and you think that it would look nicer if it was in the other area, it’s no trouble at all to scoot it over. As long as the lighting is about the same, your plants shouldn’t mind the transition at all. Another benefit of the containers’ versatility is that it can adapt to any environment depending on the type of soil you fill it with and where you place it.
If you are trying to make an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of containers and plants, you can adjust the containers to be at different heights by hanging them from the ceiling or placing them on supports. Hanging them will allow you to make the most of the space you have. This is called vertical gardening. If you pull it off right, you can make a very pleasing arrangement of plants while conserving your valuable space. If you live in an apartment, you know how important it is to conserve space! One method of vertical gardening is using a wooden step ladder. Just add a splash of paint, arrange all the plants on it in a beautiful, stylish cascade of colour, and you’ve got yourself a great balcony garden.
The maintenance of container plants takes slightly more time, since you have to water more often and go around to each individual container. However, the square footage for container plants is much less than that of an actual garden, so the time spent on maintenance and watering is more balanced. It is important that you don’t over-water your container plants, as this can be just as fatal to their health as under-watering.
When choosing containers for your plants, you’ll want to buy them all at once along with some extras in case they break or you add more plants later. You don’t want them to be all the same shape and size, but definitely the same style so that the compliment each other. Unless you want to go eclectic! Plastic containers are the best and require the least amount of watering, but if you want to stick with clay or earthen pots, you should line the inside with plastic. This helps retain water more, as clay tends soak up water.
Another thing to remember when buying pots is that the size of the pot will ultimately constrict the size of the plant. Make a careful choice of pots according to what you wish to grow in each one. If you google the plant you want to grow, you should be able to find specifications as to how much root space it should be given. Sometimes it is advantageous to limit growth, for example if you choose a plant that can grow very large, say a banana tree. If you only have limited space for it, you can constrict it by choosing a pot that isn’t large enough to support huge amounts of growth. Sure there won’t be ay fruit on it, but your banana tree will still be aesthetically pleasing.