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Starting A Container Garden

Sometimes, the urge to garden might be put on hold because of other circumstances. Maybe you don’t have a yard or you live in a condominium or apartment. If you live in an apartment or condominium you can’t really operate a full garden, just because you don’t really have a yard! I think that one of the best solutions for this problem is to grow plants in containers. You can use hanging baskets, or just arrange some containers on your patio, window sill or balcony. Just a few baskets or pots, and your whole living area will look much classier and nicer.

A benefit of growing in small containers is the fact that you can move them around to changing needs. If you rearrange your furniture you may want to move your plants to a different area. It is no trouble at all to scoot it over or place it in another part of the room. As long as the lighting is about the same, your plant should adapt to the transition with no trouble at all. Another benefit of the containers is the fact that you can adapt it to simulate many environments depending on the type of soil you use and where you place it.

Vertical Gardening
If you are want to make an arrangement of containers and plants that is aesthetically pleasing , you can adjust the containers to be at different heights by hanging them from the ceiling or placing them on supports. By hanging some of your plants and containers it will allow you to make the most of the space you have. This is called Vertical Gardening if done right, you can make a very pleasing arrangement of plants while conserving valuable space. If you live in an apartment, you know how important it is to conserve space! One method of vertical gardening is the use of a wooden step ladder. If you paint
the ladder that complements the decor you can arrange all the plants on it in a wonderful cascade of color that will liven up any area.

Another adaptation would be a vertical shelf unit which uses baskets like you would find in a pantry. You can line the baskets and paint the unit and create instant vertical garden. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination

Maintenance
The maintenance of container plants takes more time, since container plants need to be water more often and each container needs to be done individually . However,overall the time spent on maintenance and watering is more balanced . The square footage of an actual garden is much larger than that of container plants. It is important not to over-water your container plants, as this can be just as deadly as under-watering. While watering it is the perfect time to groom your plants as well. Remove dead or dying leaves as well as spent flowers. Also pinch back plants that are starting to get to large as well. Be sure to keep your eyes open for insects and pest as well. If you see any treat the plant right away.

Materials And Supplies
When choosing your containers , you’ll want to buy them all at once along with some extras in case they break or you add more plants later. You don’t want the containers to be all the same shape and size, but
try to use the same style so that the compliment each other. Plastic containers are the best and require the least amount of watering. If you want to use clay or earthen pots then you will water more, as the clay will soak up water and it will evaporate quicker.You may also line the inside of the clay pot with plastic but be careful not to over water then.

It is important to remember when buying pots or containers that the size of the pot will ultimately constrict the size of the plant. Make a careful choices of containers according to what you wish to grow in each one. If you search for the plants you wish to use on the internet , you should be able to find cultural information as well as how much root space it should be given. This can even be a big advantage for you if you choose a plant that can grow very large. If you limited the amount of space the plant needs by choosing a container that isn’t large enough to support huge amounts of growth it will be detrimental to the plant.

If the idea of container gardening sound appealing to you, then you should start planning out your container garden today!

  • Write down a list of all the plants you would like to grow.
  • Do the necessary research to find out what requirements your choices have.
  • Decide the shape and sizes of the containers you should get based on your research.
  • Purchase all your plants containers and supplies.
  • After that, it’s just a matter of planting your containers and arranging them .

  • Best of luck with your container gardening adventure.

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About the author

Glenn Bronner

Glenn Bronner is a professional groundskeeper with over 45 years of horticultural experience. Glenn is a published author of hundreds of articles on gardening and gardening related subjects.
Glenn gardens in zone 5 in the Chicagoland area.

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