If you want to grow your own herbs or food – or simply want to decorate your outdoor space with seasonal flowers – you don’t need a lot of room. Even people with small spaces can have a container garden, which reduces weeds and insects. Additionally, container gardens can be placed right outside your door or in your kitchen, making it a convenient option for many people. If you’ve always wanted to grow your own container garden, here are a few helpful tips to get started.
1. Buy Clay or Terra Cotta Pots
Clay and terra cotta pots are readily available at most home improvement stores, and they are an inexpensive way to begin your container garden. Additionally, pots made from these materials are the most naturally made pots available on the market, so they’re perfect for eco-friendly consumers.
When purchasing pots, make sure they are adequately sized to allow for root growth and that they have holes in the bottom to allow for water to drain.
2. Look for Space-Saving Plants
Visit your local garden center or nursery and look for plants and flowers labeled “patio,” “compact,” “bush,” and/or “space saver.” These labels indicate the plants are perfect for container gardening, and won’t require a lot of room to grow and thrive.
If you want to grow vegetables, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers are ideally suited for growing in smaller containers. Herbs are also a great choice when planning your container garden. Small plants and flowers can also be adapted for container gardening, as well.
3. Water & Fertilize Frequently
Container gardens require frequent upkeep, so regular watering and fertilizing is essential to maintaining your plants. Take care not to overwater – once the soil is dry, add more water but do not soak the plant or seedlings.
When fertilizing your plants, choose an organic fertilizer whenever possible. Since your container garden won’t be getting the nutrients directly from the earth, the fertilizer you choose should contain the important ingredients your garden needs to thrive.
4. Make the Most of Sun & Rain
If your container garden is placed outside, make sure they are in a position to make the most of sunlight and rainfall. If you have your container garden indoors, place them near a window to benefit from the sunlight and take care to water regularly since rainfall won’t be an option here.
Starting your own container garden is the perfect option for those who do not have a lot of space, but would like to benefit from fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowers. By following these tips, you’ll be able to grow and maintain your container garden indefinitely.