Container gardening is still as popular as ever, especially for those living in tight spaces. It’s a fun and easy way to add some colour, life and beauty to your home. There are many varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that can be planted in containers with great success! All you have to do is visit your local garden center to see what is available in your climate zone. And best of all, just about any vessel can be used as a garden container, as you might have already seen in our previous blog post.
But before you get started, here are some dos and don’ts to help you get the most of your container gardening:
- Do clean the container thoroughly before using to prevent diseases.
- Do not plant anything in pressure-treated wood, as it contains toxic chemicals.
- Do make sure the container has a drainage hole, to prevent soggy soil. Use a drill to create the holes in or add rocks to the bottom to help with the drainage.
- Do mix and match containers of different sizes and types to make the space more visually interesting.
- Do use potting soil that is made specifically for containers, as other soils can be too heavy.
- Do water often to keep soil moist, but do not over water.
- Do not overfill your containers with too many plants. Give them enough space to grow!
- Do plant flowers with the same light, soil and water requirements in the same container.
- Do fertilize. Fertilizing will keep your plants healthy and looking its best! Slow-release fertilizers are recommended.
- Do buy healthy plants at your local garden center. Avoid sickly-looking plants.
- Do prune,pinch and deadhead faded flowers and foliage, as necessary.
And don’t forget to have fun! Container gardening is a great way to express your creativity!
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