Wouldn’t it be great if you could grow your favorite plant right in your own backyard? With the growing demand of work, family and life many are finding it hard to maintain a garden. With container gardening, following a few steps can ensure that you find success in your experience. Choosing a container, selecting the best kind of soil for what you want to grow, and environmental factors all play a major role in how well your plants will do without you.
Choosing a Container
When doing so take into account how much space you have, the color, and how many plants you want in a single container. Space is important for rearranging containers due to weather conditions. While a container may look good on a patio or porch, a very windy day can easily change that! As you plan your garden, make sure that you have ample space available for a temporary move in case of inclement weather.
There are two main types of soil that can be used in container gardening. One is actual soil and the other is an artificial type made up of things like vermiculite, bark, or peat. There are disadvantages and advantages to using both kinds so research is imperative.
One major disadvantage of actual soil is that it may contain insects and worms, while artificial soil is breaks down over time and will cause your plants to lose aeration and drainage. One advantage of using actual soil is that it’s heavier and holds nutrients longer. On the other hand, artificial soil can be used for a very long time if the previous growing season went well. There are many more reasons to choose one over the other but whichever you choose, make sure it is the best fit for your selected plant.
If you have additional questions, you can always stop by our Malvern or Chadds Ford garden centers and ask an associate for guidance or call (610) 647-1300.
A perfect weather season for one part of the world may be the worst season for another, so plan accordingly. The darker your container, the higher the heat retention. This may dry your soil quicker than anticipated leading to severely damaged roots.
Wind is incredible at drying out plants and knocking containers over, while rain or drought will affect your watering schedule. This summer, you’ll want to keep an eye on how much direct sunlight your plants receive as some plants can burn while others, like strawberries, need full sun.
Most containers are portable, so check the weather report in your area and move your containers to a location that will allow them to grown and thrive without worry.