Container gardening - Ins and outs of it
You can have limited space in your apartment and yet enjoy a beautiful garden. Yes, the answer is ‘container gardening’ and we have a simple to-do list to get you started.
Assess the sunlight
The first step is to look at your space and assess the availability of light in your space. Getting too much or too little sun is one of the biggest reasons container gardens fail. Take a note of the sunlight available in the space where you will be planting your container garden because the sun angle makes a difference. The total daily hours of full sun, dappled sun, or shade an area receives determines the plants that will grow well under those conditions.
Choose the container wisely
You can use single large containers for outdoor decoration, and be very creative in arranging the beautiful pots and planters in your space. But, we will recommend you to be careful about the size of the pot and the plant that you are going to put in that pot. It should also have a drainage hole. Also, the larger the pot, more soil it can hold. More soil means more water is retained and is available to your plant.
With the pots and space well planned, the third ingredient in the recipe of a successful container gardening is ‘potting mix’. Because container gardening is very different from gardens in soil beds. When you grow herbs and veggies in containers, soil compaction and rapid depletion of nutrients threaten to kill your chances of having a good growth in your plant. Hence, a good quality potting mix is good to provide a safe haven to your green babies.
Choose your plants wisely
Last but not the least, let’s come to the green babies themselves. After choosing the light, space, container and the soil, the fun begins- choosing the plant. Many people go with a single fabulous plant, while others go for many plants of the same variety. Some people also opt for a mix of different varieties. Containers planted with a mix of plants are fun to create and offer almost unlimited possibilities of combinations.
Well, these steps are good to get you started. So why wait? Get started now! Because there are no mistakes in gardening, only experiments.