Before creating the perfect container garden, you’ll need to consider several different things. The space where you are going to put the container is an important thing to look at, as is if the pot will get a lot of sunlight or if the area you’re considering is shaded. You’ll also need to determine what kind of container you’d like to use; do you want something quirky, like an old wheel barrow filled with flowers, or something more traditional, like a ceramic potting container? Prior to planting you also want to make sure that you have the right soil mix and fertilizer for your plants so that they thrive. It’s important to factor in the climate you live in so that you can implement a watering schedule, and it’s a good idea to map out how you want to plant your plants so that they’re aesthetically pleasing. To find out more information on these steps, check out these 30 blog articles.
Choosing the Container
Many new materials are available for pots now, so keep your options open. For example, you could get a long rectangular container in a metal finish or use an old whiskey barrel for your garden. If you think you are going to be moving your containers indoors during cold weather, make sure that the pots are light enough to be easily moved. Take a look at different gardening stores, as there are some high quality fiberglass pots that look like clay or stone. These six blog entries will give you some more ideas on what kinds of containers are available.
- How to Choose the Right Container for Your Garden
- Container Gardening: The How, What and Where
- Pros and Cons of Plant Container Materials
- Types of Containers for Container Gardens
- Super-Size It: Large Container Gardens in 3 Easy Steps
- Offbeat Gardening: 10 Creative Container Ideas
Choosing the Plants
When choosing plants for a container, you need to keep in mind the various growing conditions each plant needs. You don’t want to mix plants if one of them needs full sun while the other grows best in the shade. The same idea goes for watering needs; some plants need to get dry before they’re watered again, while others need to stay consistently moist. These six blog posts will further explain how to choose the right combination of plants for containers.
- Six of the Best Plant and Container Combos
- Choosing the Right Plants for Your Patio
- Landscape in Small Spaces with Container Gardening
- How to Grow Vegetables in Pots
- Choosing the Right Plants for the Container Garden
- Five Container Plants for Fall
Preparing the Soil
Depending on the type of plants you are growing, you may need different soil mixes. Succulents require more drainage because they do better in dryer conditions. Vegetables grown in a container may need special fertilizer. Making sure that your container drains well is also important, and there are different tricks you can use to guarantee that the container drains. If water sits in the pot it can cause the roots to rot and the plants to die. Read through these six blog articles for more information on preparing your pot for planting.
- How to Grow Your Food: Container Gardening
- Designing an Easy Container Garden Using Tropicanna Cannas
- Garden Ideas for Planting Super-Sweet Grape Tomatoes
- Growing Citrus Trees in Containers Indoors and Outdoors
- Container Gardening: Prepare for Planting a Container
- Gardening Preparation Tips: How to Plant in Larger Containers Using Less Potting Soil
Planting the Container
Properly planting a container is important for the health of your plants. You don’t want to plant your plants too close to each other because they may kill each other by choking each other out as they grow. For more tips on planting a container garden, take a look at these six blog posts.
- The Basics of How to Plant a Container Garden
- Plant a Hypertufa for Small-Scale Gardening
- DIY Coral Reef Succulent Container Garden
- How to Pot Bulbs for Colorful Winter Plants
- How To: Plant and Grow Ginger Root
- Container Gardening Tips for a Successful Garden
Caring for the Container
Different containers will require different care. If you have a tree in a pot it will require different watering than flowers will. When you are growing vegetables in a container you may need to fertilize the container during the growing season and treat for any insects. These six blog entries will give you some advice on how to care for your different container gardens.