From the time I was a little girl, my family has always planted a garden. Rows and rows over every vegetable imaginable ready for the picking. Later in life when I did not have the available space to garden, I discovered container gardening! Not everyone has the space or the need, for that matter, to plant and maintain a full-size garden. Container gardening can be fun and easy and is perfect for small yards or rental properties.
To begin a container garden you are going to want to plan out your strategy. Once your container garden is in place, depending on the size of your containers, you may not be able to move the plants. So, planning the perfect spot with a combination of sun and shade time will ensure your garden thrives from the first day you plant.
Next, you will want to do some research on the types of plants you want to grow. Tomatoes, for instance, have many different varieties with some that are perfect for container gardening. Many fruits and vegetables have specific genus known to bear well with small growing areas. Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, strawberries, and herbs are just a few. Almost every imaginable plant can be catered to a container with a little research.
After you have decided which plants you will be gardening you will want to take a trip to the store. You will need to have containers, soil, fertilizer, gardening tools, and the plants and/or seeds on hand before you begin your garden. You may also have to purchase plant specific tools later if you plant tomatoes or cucumbers such as materials for climbing and staking. KEYNOTE: If you will be starting your garden later in the season it is best to start with plants rather than seeds. The germination and growth times for seeds will leave your plant no time to bear fruit if planted too late in the season.
Will all the materials in place you can plant your garden. Start by placing your containers in the pre-planned spot and fill with soil. Dig a small hole in the middle of the container, next, and fill the hole with a small amount of water. Remove the plant from the store bought container and place in the hole. Lightly cover the roots with soil and press down softly. Water the roots thoroughly and you are finished.
If you will be beginning your own plants from seeds, you will want to plant them 6-8 weeks before you wish to transfer to your container. Styrofoam cups or premade starting beds are perfect for planting seeds. You will want to be sure to acclimate the plants to the outdoor environment before transferring the seedlings to a container to ensure they are ready for life outdoors. You can acclimate the plants over a period of a week by slowly introducing them to outside climate a few hours each day and adding time little by little.
Container gardens are fantastic for people with small yards and those who rent. These gardens can even be perfect for those who simply do not want the additional work involved in maintaining a large, in ground plot. The ability to choose multiple container colors and patterns and place them throughout your yard or on your deck even makes this gardening choice a decorating tool as well.