Have you started container gardening? Well, it is a fun method to grow your favorite plants. Make it simple by trying these ways to create a little paradise!
1. Choose the Pot
Not all plants can die easily when they are dealing with pot as the place to grow. They have no problem with the type of the pot to grow in. The real thing they need is the availability of space. Space is a real matter because they need enough space to spread their roots. Besides, they can live well if they grow in a pot with a few drainage holes. The holes help them to deal with the excess water to drain quickly.
In addition, pots are available in various materials such as wood, ceramic, terra cotta, plastic, and wood. They can work well, even though terra-cotta pots tend to dry faster than ceramic or plastic, therefore you must increase the frequency to water them. If you buy the new terra-cotta pot, you only need to soak it more water for a day or two. This is good to hydrate it before you are filling the pot with soil.
Talking about plastic pots, some of them need drainage holes so you have to drill the pots first, in the bottom. The holes are great if it is 1/2 inch of width at least. If you add the smaller holes, soil can clog it and block the drainage.
2. The Right Soil
Make sure that you fill your container with the best potting soil you purchased. We don’t recommend you to use the soil directly from the yard. If so, the soil will harden when dry and turn into the solid mass. Therefore, you should buy potting soil. Peat moss, perlite, compost, vermiculite, and rotted manure are the things related to the potting soil. Make sure that you read the label before purchasing any potting soil.
3. The Light
When you are choosing the plants, it is good to read the plant tags before buying them. This is important to know that they can live well in sun or shade area. You should not mix the sun and shade flowers in the same pot. The sun plants are petunias, calibrachoa, geraniums, and verbena. Go with caladium, begonia, impatiens, and Torenia when it comes to shade plants. For vegetables and herbs, all of these plants need the full sun.
4. Healthy Plants
The container allows you to grow any plants you want, including shrubs and trees that will thrive in the large pot. Most of us want to plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables to complete deck, terrace, patio, or porch. Therefore, we suggest you mixing a few types of plants in the same pot to create the edible look. For example, you can start by planting lettuce and strawberries in the same pot.
Do you want to make a beautiful layered look? If so, it means that you should include the showy, tall plant with a bushy medium-sized plant as well as the blooming plant in the container. Various plants that can complement each other in leaf form and color are your focus.
It is important to know that plants in the container will need more frequent watering compared to plants that grow directly in the yard. Water when the soil surface feels dry when you touch it. For hot and sunny days, you should irrigate them every day. This is essential, especially for the hanging baskets that can dry out faster because of the wind. In addition, it is good to use your watering can and a garden hose. Otherwise, you can install the drip irrigation system with the timer to water your plants automatically.
The challenge to deal with summer is on how to keep your vegetables and flowers still in the best form. The best solution is to fertilize them. In fact, there are some potting soils come with the slow-release fertilizer. Nevertheless, it is still good to add the liquid fertilizer for few drops when you water your plants. For your information, vegetables and flowers are the real heavy feeders. They will thrive extra dose of the plant food, too.
8. Faded Blooms
The next thing to concern is the faded blooms. It is unbelievable that perennial and annual flowers always look better when they are entering their old age, especially if you have removed the faded blooms. This is known as the deadheading. Doing this way will encourage the new crop of flowers. Geraniums, for example, is the larger species that you only have to clip the dead flower head away with your fingers. Alternatively, use pruning shears. Also, sweet alyssum is the annual flower with a tiny form of flowers, they look good if you shear back the entire plant for about 1/3 by using scissors.
9. Renew and Replace
Some perennials and annuals require excellent care but they give you a big reward. Well, they look too tired, especially at the end of summer. You can revive them if you can remove the plants carefully from the pot and then pop in one to two replacements to give the plants to give the second life. The garden centers are the most that will offer replacement annuals in the middle to the late of summer.
10. Before Winter
What things can you do before winter comes?
So, the hard frost is the real mark that the gardening season is at the end in much of the country. If your annuals and vegetables have died, you should toss them on the compost pile. After that, empty your containers. If you use terra-cotta or ceramic pots, they can crack easily if you place them outdoors over the winter with the soil still in place. Therefore, if you want to save roses or perennials that you have been planting in the garden, you should plant them directly in the garden. But, do it carefully.
Well, planting is all about your passion and your hobby. Gardening is not that easy at all, especially when it comes to the choice of pots, seeds, plants to plant, and weather challenge. Again and again, the blooming garden with the colorful look is the real reward for all the sweats and research!