Many people think that to have a beautiful garden you need acres of land and wide open spaces, but this is simply not true. From the smallest city apartment to the coziest suburban town house, it is usually possible to have a gorgeous garden without needing a large amount of space. The answer lies in a technique called container gardening. I will now explore some of the things that you need to know about starting your own outdoor urban garden using just a few containers.
If you are considering container gardening then the first thing that you need to do is to give some thought to what you would like to plant. This will determine the layout as well as the number and size of containers required. If you are planning small herbs, or example, then your containers should be small and compact. However, if you want gorgeous, ripe tomato vines, your containers should be tall. Similarly, if your goal is to grow large bushes of roses or other blooming plants then wide containers will provide the key you are looking for to make your plants healthy and beautiful. Before you start, make sure that you plot out your garden and decide on your containers to make sure the pots you have will fit your needs (as well as the space you have available)
When choosing your perfect containers, think about how warm, or cool, your space is. If you are planting your flowers, vegetables and herbs on a sunny, outdoor deck, make sure that you buy containers that are light in color. Light colored containers absorb a minimal amount of heat, allowing you to more easily control how much heat is getting to the roots of your plants. This keeps them healthy. In contrast, dark colored containers will attract more heat, and they might be better suited for a very shady area that remains cool most of the day.
The next thing to consider in order to keep your plants healthy is the amount of moisture that your various plants will need. Always make sure your containers have adequate drain holes for to the size of your plants. The drain holes allow your containers to release any excess moisture so that your plants are not in danger of root rot, mold and other moisture related diseases. Be sue to check the drainage holes regularly to make sure they don’t become clogged in any way. If the roots of your plants start growing through them, then that can be an indication that you need a bigger container for that particular plant.
Finally, consider your own comfort when managing your containers. If you are elderly, frail or in other ways physically limited, always place your containers at a height that doesn’t require you to bend down in order to tend to your plants. Height might also be important if you have plants that you want to keep away from children or animals. The easier it is for you to access your plants, and the more difficult it is for those who you don’t want near them then the easier it will be for you to maintain your beautiful garden.
There are so many options when it comes to container gardening. From store bought containers, to soda bottles to coffee cans, with a little creativity you can create a beautiful outdoor space that doesn’t involve an acre of land. So, you see when it comes to creative urban gardening, using containers is a great way to make the most of even the smallest spaces. Give container gardening a try today to discover all of the advantages it has to offer!