Container Gardening Tips
Since moving I have been having fun with getting the house decorated but I have also been planting fruits and veggies! Eventually I want to have a full blown garden but for now I am using Container Gardening to get my fruit and veggie garden started. That picture above it what I have in my container garden so far! I am excited for adding more to my garden and it is a fun activity that the kids and I can do together and in the end we have a tasty treat with all our veggies and fruit. So far we have Tomatoes, raspberries, cucumbers, yellow squash, green squash, and peppers. I have found a lot of great deals on fruit and veggie seeds on Amazon.
Do your research, then go shopping. Before you start shopping, do some research. Check out your local gardening groups on Facebook, or on MeetUp.com. Scour Pinterest, for container gardening ideas, and read articles with container gardening tips (like this one!). Decide on which plants you’d like to start with. Plants that grow well in containers include:
Bigger is better, but it’s not necessary. When it comes to choosing your containers, it’s true that bigger is better – but you don’t have to have big containers to be successful at container gardening. The longer the maturity time for your plant, the bigger the pot needs to be. There are many different types of planters and you can find them to match any decor too. Plastic pots are best for retaining moisture.
Give them space. It is important to give each plant its own space. If not, they won’t yield as much fruit, and you’ve wasted a lot of time and money on your garden without yielding much. One tomato plant in a big pot by itself can yield more tomatoes than a pot with 2 or 3 plants crowded together.
Water, water, water. Obviously you don’t want to drown your plants, but it’s important to keep the soil moist for most plants – especially when gardening in containers.These Aqua Globes Glass Plant Watering Bulbs, 2-Pack are a great way for self watering. Soil in containers can dry out pretty quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on them and water accordingly. Don’t forget to add drainage holes if your containers didn’t come with them. Add about an inch of gravel to the bottom of your containers to promote drainage.
Don’t forget to feed your plants. Select the best soil for your plants based on the seeds you’re planting, the size, the amount of sun they’ll get, and which region you live in. If you have specific questions, ask someone at your local Nursery or even Home Depot. Most soils by themselves don’t have the nutrients your plants will need, so consider planting with a fertilizer mix or adding liquid fertilizer every few weeks to ensure your plants are growing to their best potential.
Plant an herb garden. If you aren’t 100% comfortable diving in head first to container gardening, or if the plants you want to plant aren’t in season right now, try your hand at planting an herb garden first. It’s a much smaller scale, you can grow your herbs indoors, and they take a lot less work than an outdoor garden.
Do you have a container garden? I’d love to hear your tips. Leave them in the comments!
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