There are many benefits to container gardening that should be considered when designing a garden. Here are a few to keep in mind:
- They look good, can act as a focal point in a garden, provide a designated space for your plants to flourish.
- Containers can be added to tie into the architecture of the house, blend in with your paving or liven up the garden.
- They can also be moved fairly easily, allowing you the flexibility to move your garden to spots with better sunlight or even more shade, if needed.
Choosing the Right Container
When choosing a container you need to ensure that the container is quite large, smaller containers dry out quicker and require daily watering. You also want to consider the weight of the container – in case you want to move it around, as well as the appearance, although containers can be painted or decorated. When growing a vegetable garden make sure that you have adequate space for the root system, as some need more room than others.
Most vegetables require approximately 6 hours of sunlight per day, salad greens and herbs can usually get by with less sunlight. A great tip is to consider placing your containers on wheels so that they can be easily moved around the garden for optimal sunlight throughout the season.
Watering regularly is key to the success of your garden. Many times inconsistent watering can cause problems, such as poor root development, leaf curling, and rot as well as insect problems.
Fertilising is also very important for the growth of your plant in a container. There are very few nutrients in the soil, and plants depend on these for proper growth. Each time you water you wash out some of the important nutrients that needs to be replaced for optimal growth, fertiliser provides that nourishment.
Plant combinations are also something to consider. It is best to match plants with similar needs. For example, rosemary, which thrives in hot and dry conditions might not do so well with a plant that requires lots of water.
Research your garden needs, find the right containers, watering schedule and fertiliser and you will have a beautiful, bountiful vegetable garden.
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