You can grow food, herbs, and flowers even if you cannot have a full-size garden. If you live in an apartment or a home without adequate space to grow things, plant a container garden on your porch, deck, or balcony. It’s simple and fun. Here are a few helpful container gardening tips.
Container Gardening Requires Pots That Drain Well
Drainage is important for the health of your plants. Plants can’t survive in pots without adequate drainage holes. Water stagnation deprives your plants of oxygen and extremely damp conditions can cause roots to rot. Some garden pots do not have drainage holes or have very small ones. Drill new holes to make sure your plants don’t sit in a puddle of water.
Research the Plants You Want to Grow
When planning your garden, learn about the plants you hope to grow. This way, you will better understand the types that are best suited to your garden. With this information, you can determine which plants have requirements that you may struggle to meet and which plants will grow the best together.
Lighting Requirements for Container Gardening
Each type of plant will have specific light requirements. Pay attention to the amount of sunlight your container garden will receive and choose plants that are best suited to that type of light. You may need to choose plants for full sun, partial sun, or partial shade. When shopping for plants, read the care label that is included. This tag will provide information about water and light requirements. Keep the tags in a gardening notebook so you can refer back to them if you have questions about caring for your container garden.
Feed the Plants as Recommended
Typically, potting soil lacks essential nutrients that are required for healthy plant growth. Container-grown plants can’t pull nutrients from the earth so it’s necessary to supplement with fertilizers for better results. You can achieve this by adding a slow-release fertilizer into your gardening container. When potting your plants, fill your pot with soil and mix in the fertilizer completely. After planting, continue fertilizing your plants using liquid fertilizer every one or two weeks.