Container Gardening Is A Good Option For More Planned Gardening

There are numerous benefits of gardening in a container, and if you consider them, then you would probably make all of your garden plants in containers. Most people do not know, or rather do not consider these benefits, and often lament if they had some open space in front or at back of their house to do some gardening. But once they will compare the benefits of container gardening, they will always prefer to use this method of gardening.

Benefits Of Container Gardening

The most interesting benefits that one must consider about container gardening are:

  • You can move your plants to sunlight or to shade as per requirement, and to some part of the house when needed.
  • Mobility being made easy, you can transfer the plants close to water source, or rather keep them close to water, so that you don’t have to carry bulk water for watering of plants.
  • If you want, you may keep the containers at an elevation, in case bending while doing the plants or watering may pose a problem for you.
  • For container plants it’s quite easy to pluck out weeds from the soil, as the area is small; and at the same time, it’s much easy to mix medicines, fertilizers etc, in the soil owing to less amount of soil in the pot.
  • You may grow any sort of plant and tree in containers; fruits, flowers, herbs everything has a place in container gardening.
  • In case you live in a flat or apartment, you can still do gardening, and can do so being at any floor of a building.
  • If you change your house, then carrying all the plants to the new house is as easy as shifting all furniture.

Considering all these benefits of growing plants in containers, many people decide to garden totally in containers, as this is hassle free, easy, portable, and neat.

The Basic Watering Guidelines Of Container Plants

Plants in containers will need more water than plants in soil. The reason is containers gets heating from all sides, and as a result most of the moisture in the soil vaporizes quickly. As moisture vaporizes, you should be giving the plants more water in dry summer days to make up for the water deficit.

You can practically use anything as a container. It can be an old tumbler, some plastic bag full of soil, metal cans, broken utensils, fancy pots, nice hanging pots etc. You will love to see your plants decorating all parts of your house in nice pots and hanging containers.

If the container holds very less soil, then the plant’s roots may not get the opportunity to grow properly. Thus containers should contain decent amount of soil to support root growth. However, too much depth is not a necessity.

Seeds when planted in containers spring fast, and grow roots fast. This happens because containers absorb lot of heat from the surroundings which bring up the temperature of the soil inside to make the plants come to life faster and grow better. However you must remind yourself to water them well and on time, because container plants are totally dependent on you for water.

The Advantages Of Plastic Containers

Plastic containers have an advantage over clay containers which many gardeners do not know. Clay containers though looks beautiful are of porous material, that gives way to escaping of water vapor throughout the container body. This makes you water your plants often when they are in a clay container. But if plastic is used instead, and as plastic is not a breathable material, there is no way of water to escape out; making it fully waterproof from beneath (the soil surface above evaporates water). The only disadvantage is that, if there is no pore at the bottom of the container to drain away the excess stored water, then, the water stored beneath the container may rot the roots by not letting them breathe.

Thus it is best to use plastic pots instead of earthen pots, and moreover plastic pots are lighter and easy to carry also. All you have to ensure is that, your plants get enough drainage from the container, and water doesn’t pool inside the container anyhow.

Soil Selection For Container Plants

A common myth about selecting the soil for container plants is that, practically any soil would do the job. You think you can just dig up soil from a garden, and transfer that to the container. However, this shouldn’t be done. To get the best results for plant growth, the soil should be brought from gardening stores, and there you will get different good formulations of soil, that contain soil and fertilizer mixtures for growing high quality and healthy plants in container.

Sowing The Seeds

When preparing the soil for planting new seeds, you must first water the soil enough so that the whole soil gets drenched in water. Let the excess water drain out of the container. After that according to the instruction in the seed packet spread the seeds over the soil, and if said cover them with another layer of soil. When the saplings start coming out, see if the pot look too much crowded. If it is, then choose the weaker looking saplings, and pluck them out of the soil, and let the rest stay there.

Water the saplings everyday, but do not overwater them. You can do a simple test to see if the pot needs water or not. Insert your finger just an inch inside the soil. If the soil feels damp and moist then the soil has enough moisture, and do not need watering, or else you should water the soil.

Adding Some Mulch Is A Good Idea

It is always a good idea to add some mulch to the plants. Spray a little mulch over the top of the soil in the containers, and you will see how the plants get protected against the straight force of raindrops, or the hose-jet of water while watering them. It also helps keep away weeds, and retains the soil water well enough by preventing the soil to become dry cakey in direct sun.

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