Tabs, pots, or half barrels gushing with green or flowery lushness is an added appeal to any home - indoors or outdoors. Container gardening is an excellent option for plant lovers who don’t have enough space in their homes. It is a fun, exciting, and truly satisfying method of growing your favourite plants. It may look a little intimidating for an inexperienced gardener, but once you get the hang of it, you may find yourself indulging more in it. Are you considering sprucing your home with container gardening? The following tips will help you create a perfect look.
1. Select the best container for your home
While the container design and colour are important, you’ll want to look beyond those when picking the right one. Garden containers come in several materials, from glazed ceramic to metal. So, pick an option that appeals more to you and is ideal for the season. For example, a non-porous container material will reduce watering needs in hot summer weather. Also, if you’ll need to move the container outdoors during the day for some sun exposure, it’s best to go with a lightweight option. Regardless of the container type you choose, be sure that it comes with a drainage hole at the bottom.
2. Choose the right soil
Invest in quality commercial potting soil, as it offers some advantages over natural garden soil. If you use soil directly from your garden, for example, it will quickly harden into a solid mass when it dries. Also, ensure that you amend or supplement your potting soil with some compost and or manure.
3. Feed your plants
Potted plants usually don’t get access to all the essential nutrients they need. Watering alone may not be enough to keep them growing as healthy as you want them to. The vast majority of container plants may need fertiliser added to the potting soil to thrive. Adding a slow-release fertiliser into the potting mix will help, and you can choose to add liquid fertiliser every couple of weeks to maintain the nutritional level. You’ll want to stick with natural fertiliser as much as possible, especially if you’re growing food-producing plants. You can visit Green Gardener to find natural fertilisers and other essentials to help grow your container garden.
4. Select plant varieties that compliment each other
If you’re undecided on what to grow, search for plant varieties that complement each other in leaf form and colour. Thankfully, you can grow almost any plant species in a container - even shrubs and trees can thrive in large containers. So, the options are endless for you. Many people prefer to grow herbs, flowers, and veggies in small pots neatly arranged on their patios or by windows. You can also plant in layers to help create an even more gorgeous appeal.
5. Don’t forget the basics
Don’t forget to water your plants and ensure that they get enough sunlight. Also, take time to prune regularly and remove faded perennial flowers. If some perennial flowers begin to appear tired, consider removing and replacing them instead of trying to revive them.
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