Container Gardening

There are numerous factors that keeps away a man from gardening, it can be lack of space in an apartment or drought in the dry lands, but there is nothing to lose hope, simply consider container gardening. It is best for elderly or disabled people with limited mobility or for them who live in apartment or studios. Container gardening can be said to only limited by lack of imagination.

Nothing is useless when it comes to Container gardening, neither your old blue porcelain bowl set which you were about to throw, nor the plastic bottles or even shopping bags. This doesn’t just offer us a variety of ways to enjoy gardening but let us reduce plastic waste also.

The idea of container gardening seems to be innovated by the Egyptians and Romans. In southern California container gardening’s popularity grew in the 1950s, and since then a number of commercial growers started experimenting with it.

Sometimes container gardening works better than ground gardening. You can even plant a tiny rock garden for yourself in a container. Some productive plants like Vegetables can also be planted easily throughout the growing season but they must be easily transplantable, so that they can be transferred to a bigger place after growing their first two to three leaves. Trees and shrubs can be nestled in among other plants, even if they don’t require the same care and conditions.

Annuals such as tropical’s or succulents are usually the best choices for containers if you live in an area with freezing temperatures. There are different precautions in container gardening for different weather conditions. If it is early spring, protect your plants from frost and keep them sheltered.

Place the containers where the light conditions are suitable for the plant. You can also plan about the plant after choosing the place–put the typical sun loving flowers like marigold, petunia, lantana, and salvia in the sunny place, and shade-lovers for example impatiens, begonias, flowering tobacco and caladiums in a shady place.

If  you are growing your container plants in your office it is better to give them a formal look, for this fill your container with a single large plant, or fill the pot by massing one single plant variety. For an informal look at your home, mix heights and flower colors. You can use the same color theme that is applied to the place the containers are hung in or group several containers together to make a big impression.

These mini-gardens can be placed on a windowsill, a doorstep, a balcony, a stair, even a rooftop, in patio, deck, porches, in hanging baskets or in old buckets–any place where soil isn’t present. Container gardens are often used to create screens, serve as windbreaks, brighten a room or create shade.

At the beginning you may find container gardening a bit expensive but once all the necessary materials are purchased, for example, some containers , the right growing medium and some seeds, seedlings or young plants, costs are extremely limited because container plants require quite less growing medium, less fertilizer and fewer plants.

A well-planned container garden can be decorative as well as productive (growing vegetables, fruits, herbs) at the same time.

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