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postheadericon Benefits of a Container Garden

Container gardening is becoming very popular due to a number of reasons. The major benefits to container gardening is the possibility of growing plants in apartment balconies, patios, decks, small courtyards, and areas with poor soil. This is ideal for people staying in rental situations, with limited time and mobility to care for a large landscape. You can also place the containers in well used living areas and can replace to other areas as per the needs. Usually annual blooming plants are used for container gardening.
If you are a beginning gardener, container gardening is ideal for you because it will provide you necessary experience in entering in large landscape projects. This is also a great solution even if you are an advanced gardener and it will help you to showcase your gardening skills as well.

Major Benefits to Container Gardening

~Mobility

Mobility is the major advantage of growing plants in containers. If planted in containers, you can move them from one place to another very easily. The blooming period of some plants is very short. When they finish blooming, you can transplant them in the garden. If you use containers, plants can be replanted and repotted very easily as per the changes of seasons.

~Flexibility

Depending on the maturity, changes of colors, blossoms, or the changes of your mood, you can rearrange these plants if it is in containers. Container gardening also allows you to arrange them as per the themes of special events or for a party.
Possibility of Growing All Types of Plants
Though the plants are growing in containers, you can grow almost all types of plants in containers, which ranges from easy to grow herbs and vegetables to even trees.

~Needs Less Space

You can grow lots of fruits, vegetables, flowers by maintaining a container garden. You can also arrange the plants as per the availability of space by shifting the positions of containers. It will also help you to provide adequate sunlight
to the plants.

~Economical Gardening

Another major benefits to container gardening is the possibility of making a great garden in less money. You can make it by using old bucket at your yard or with plastic tubes. Put holes for drainage in the bottom of these containers and fill them with potting soil.

~Provides Instant Gratification

Container gardening is a good hobby and it will provide you instant satisfaction. You can visit local nursery for collecting healthy, beautiful plants and can fill them in containers. This is a highly responsible and enjoyable job.

~Suitable for Any Personality

Engaging in container gardening is beneficial for getting great relaxation. It will also helpful for increasing your creativity. You will become tolerant to face the unexpected things in life.
Container gardening is ideal for the elderly and disabled because it offers easy accessibility. It is also beneficial for those who face soil related problems. You can use high quality soil for gardening in containers. Availability of fresh, chemical free vegetables and fruits is the other advantage of container gardening. You can also maintain your garden very easily because they are very close to your hands.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy

postheadericon Container Garden vs.Traditional Garden

Gardening has been one of the most common hobbies for centuries, and more and more people are beginning to enjoy this wonderful past time. A container garden has become one of the more common methods of gardening over the last few decades. It is especially popular in cities and areas with small yards. When it comes to container gardening vs. traditional gardening in these areas gardening with planters and containers will almost always win. A few of the benefits of container gardening include easy design, more control over soil quality, and a wider variety of plants that can be grown.

Traditional gardening involves growing plants in the ground or in a raised bed. However, container gardens are grown completely in planters and pots. This allows the plants to be moved around, and placed in the best places for optimal growth. The plants can also be brought indoors during unfavorable weather. Plants grown in containers also make great additions to decks, porches, and balconies. They can really soften the edges, and bring a nice splash of color to even the most drab of settings. The containers can even be customized to match the décor.

The ability to control soil quality is another great benefit of container gardening. With traditional gardening most people are stuck with whatever kind of soil they have in their yard or gardening area unless they want to spend a lot of money and time on soil amendments. When growing in containers gardeners can buy the type of soil their plants need. This also opens up a large variety of plants that may not be able to grow in the local soil.

Container gardening also makes it easier to control pests that may destroy beloved plants. The containers make it easier for gardeners to look for signs of bugs and small pests on their plants. It is also less difficult to quarantine any plants that may become infected with a fungus or disease. They also detour local wildlife that would eat or trample the plants.
One drawback to container gardening; plants grown in containers will lose moisture at a faster rate than plants that are grown in the ground. This means that the plants will need to be water more often, especially during hot, dry weather.

Containers that are used for planting should be chosen with care. Most plastic planters will fade in the sun, and become brittle. Untreated wood containers will rot quickly when used as planters. Cedar and redwood are naturally rot resistant and can make great planters. Whatever type of container that is used, the gardener should make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Otherwise, the plant may become water logged and die.

When it comes to a container garden vs.a traditional garden it is easy to see the benefits of either. Container gardening is nice for beginners, needs less space, and often less work that traditional gardening. However, traditional gardening does provide a nice work out and lets gardeners get their hands a little dirtier.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy

postheadericon Steps to Creating Your Own Container Garden

A container garden is as the name suggests a garden literally in containers. A container garden is good if you want to supplement the food you eat with fresh grown produce and you can also plant flowers and decorative plants which you can use to decorate balconies, patios, and other areas of your home.

For the containers, you can use just about anything; gardening pots, buckets, baskets, wooden crates, an old watering can or any old containers . First, get all the things you need and prepare them.

Get the container you will be using and make holes so that these will serve as the aerating as well as drainage holes so that excess water can drain and doesn’t drown the plants. Don’t make holes that are too large so that the soil or potting mix will not pour out. For containers such as baskets or wooden crates, they may have enough space for aeration and drainage so you don’t have to add any more holes. However, be careful when using metal containers in the hot seasons as these may cause the plants to dry up because they get hot quickly and retain the heat. The best containers to use are those from natural products such as those made from wood, clay or earthen pots and the baskets as they are woven from natural materials.

Next put in the soil or potting mix until the container is almost full. You can add some manure or fertilizer and mix it in with the soil or potting mix. This is not compulsory but it is highly recommended so that your plants can grow well and fast. Always add in some manure or fertilizer periodically for good growth results with your plants.

Now your ready to plant the seeds, seedlings or plants that you will be growing in the container and water the plants. Ensure you place the containers in an area where there is a lot of sun. Plants need sun to grow and they should be in an optimal sunlit area. In the warmer seasons, you may have to move the plants periodically so that they are not exposed to the hot sun for too long as this may cause them to dry up. When it is very hot, put them in shaded areas.

Water your plants often so that they don’t die because of drying up. It is recommended that you water them twice a day, in the morning and in the evening rather than during the day so that they retain and use the water. If you water the plants during the day especially when it is hot, the water evaporates before the plant can use up the water. In colder seasons, you can check to see if the plant needs water before you water it the two times in a day. Touch the soil and if it feels wet and soggy still from the last watering, you don’t need to add anymore. These are the steps that need to be strictly followed when you want to do this type of gardening.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy

postheadericon Types of Garden Containers

There are so many types of garden containers due to many innovations coming up each day. They have been developed to meet certain looks for the garden and users design some. The reason behind such designs is the fact that these gardens are majorly used for beatification of places. Many people who do not have space for huge gardens are saved by this innovation as the gardens use very little space. There are certain factors to consider when selecting the best gardens for your place or building to ensure you get the best looks in the end.

When selecting the most appropriate types of garden containers for your home, building, or even hotel, it is good to look at the kind of place you want the garden to be. Some garden containers only look good in certain places and not others due to some reasons. It is good to select categories of garden containers according to the targeted place of location. Therefore, in this light, you may have to consider going for designer containers for perfect results.

It is also good to ensure that the container you go for is one that stays long without rotting or is very resistant to rotting. You will have to analyze various types of garden containers and look at their ability to resist insect infestations, fungi, molds, and water seepage. A garden container that rots with time gives you the extra effort of having to replace them every time they degrade. It might get very complicated trying to replace a garden that has been around the place for years and you may end up losing the original look of you garden.

The types of gardens containers should be chosen according to what they are going to contain. Look at the place it is going to be put to select the best for such a place as making a wrong choice of container may be detrimental to all your original plans. Containers that are meant for indoor purposes should have drainage mechanisms that will not lead to dampening of the interior sections of the building. On the contrary, larger containers meant for outside the building are supposed to be well drained and rot-resistant at the same time. They should be able to carry more plants for a long period. Space for further growth should also be available on the containers.

It is right to say that the kind of gardens we have depend on the types of garden containers under them. A good and beautiful flowerbed for example is based upon a well-drained, spacious garden and it can only be that especially when the only source of soil is within the garden.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy

postheadericon Companion Planting

Companion planting is the practice of using ‘old-fashioned’ methods of gardening and farming. This article discussed this process as an important part of an integrated pest management system.

Companion plantings of some kind have been practiced throughout agricultural history. Some of the earliest written documents on gardening discuss these relationships. Early settlers discovered American First Nations people were using an interplanting scheme of corn-bean-squash that balanced the requirements of each crop for light, water, and nutrients. In the 1800’s, hemp (cannabis) was often planted around a cabbage field to keep away the white cabbage butterflies in Holland. In many parts of the world today, subsistence farmers and organic gardeners grow two or more crops simultaneously in a given area to achieve a certain benefit.

Companion planting is the practice of locating particular plants near one another because they enhance plant growth, discourage pests and diseases, or have some other beneficial effect. When selecting your companion plants consider more than which pests are deterred. Think about what each plant adds or takes away from the soil and what effect the proximity of strong herbs may have on the flavor of your vegetables. Avoid placing two heavy feeders or two shallow rooted plant types near each other.

Does your garden have worms? Worms keep the garden ariated…. worms are beneficial in many other ways as well. Worms just seem to make the garden grow better… having worms in your garden is a sign of having a healthy garden. This is a great book about worms… Worms are the perfect companion for your garden. ‘The Business & Biology Of Raising Composting Worms’ is the most comprehensive and up to date guide for productive and successful worm composting.

Many gardeners find that they can discourage harmful pests, without losing the beneficial allies, when they use companion planting as an important part of an integrated pest management system. For example, chives or garlic planted between rows of peas or lettuce help control aphids. Marigolds planted throughout the garden discourage many insects. Rosemary, thyme, sage, catmint, hyssop, or mixtures of all three between rows of cabbage helps deter the white cabbage moth. Horseradish planted at the corners of potato patches deters the potato beetle. Garlic planted near roses repels aphids and Nasturtium planted around the garden also deters aphids.

As the limitations and ill effects of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and other modern practices become more apparent, scientists and researchers have begun to look at the ‘old-fashioned’ method of gardening and farming. Companion planting can combine beauty and purpose to give you an enjoyable, healthy environment. In essence, companion planting allows us to help bring a balanced eco-system to our landscapes, allowing Nature to do its’ job.

Here is a great book about container gardening… Container Gardening Secrets

postheadericon How to Make Hypertufa

Did you like making mud pies when you were young?……As I recall I would play for hours making  pies… and sand castles was another fun thing to do. If you too liked mixing mud and sand and forming things I bet you will LOVE hypertufa.

Hypertufa is just the grown up form of making mud pies and creating sand castles. Instead of mud you use Portland cement as well as a few other things mixed together. Hypertufa is better than making pies because your wonderful creations will last.

Just because you are using “cement” does not mean that your works of art will be EXTREMELY HEAVY…. That is one of the many nice things of creating with hypertufa. Not only are you able to make art objects but your also able to make wonderful planters. Since your the one that is creating.. your able to make them any size or shape. Your able to make them especially for your specific area.

This short video will give you just a few ideas of all your able to do making grown up mud pies…
You can also read more about it by Clicking Here

postheadericon Unusual Containers to Garden In

Containers for planting come in all shapes and all sizes…. Here are just a couple of pictures that may just spark your interest and give you some ideas…. Don’t they look great?
Container Gardening Secrets

This is a great book all about Container Gardening. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Or.. have you heard about straw bale gardening…. it is perfect for those who hate to bed over.. there is also less weeding and your able to plant more in a smaller space. What is not to like about Straw Bale Gardening….. Make plans now for your next garden using the Straw Bale Gardening method.

postheadericon Growing plants in a container garden

container gardening 1You do not need a lot of space to have a garden. For some people having a HUGE garden may be nice but for others a small garden grown in containers on a desk or patio might be the right way to go.

Few people have lots of space or the time for a HUGE garden. A HUGE garden does indeed take time…There is so much more to growing a garden than just preparing the soil and planting. Weeding and watering are 2 things that you really must keep up with in order to have a bountiful harvest. Many people find planting in containers is a much better way to go.

Growing herbs to have  handy for cooking is one of the easiest things to grow in your container garden. Your able to have a few containers dedicated to holding nothing but herbs or you can do what I do and plants the herbs in the same containers that I have flowers and/or vegetables.

Most herbs look great while they are growing.. so this would simply add charm as well as beauty to your container garden.

Tomatoes are probably the easiest to grow… cherry tomatoes, roma, or even big boys all do well planted in a container garden. Just make sure that the size of the container is going to be big enough for the roots to be able to expand and grow… and don’t forget to have drain holes in your containers.

What are some of the vegetables that you like to eat? That should be one of the first questions that you ask yourself and then plan your container garden accordingly.

When you are thinking about what to plant in your garden you really should read about the plants that you intend on growing. Some are much easier than others to grow. If your just starting out it would be very depressing to of started with a plants that is known to be hard to grow… I think it would discouraged you quickly from continuing your new hobby of container gardening if your garden was a bust!… I know it certainly would for me, though I am sure I would try again.. I hate to be defeated in ANYTHING that I attempt to do.

You will want to determine what plant will be for what container. Since I am a junk store shopper….. I usually have the container FIRST and then I think about what I am going to plant in it.

You will want to be aware of how much sun the area where you are going to have your garden gets. If it is full sun you will not want to buy plants that will do best in the shade or vise versa…. The area that I have my container garden in has a combination of both sun and shade. I always look for plants that say partial shade.

I can not stress enough to make sure your containers have drain holes. You don’t want your plants to be soaked with water. They must have drain holes to be able to grow properly. Good drainage and proper watering are 2 things you will learn as you progress with your new hobby of container gardening.

A container garden is able to get the same pests that any other type garden gets. When you have a container garden your able to put in a good potting soil. Might be a nice idea to add a bit of gravel or rocks to the bottom of your containers broken pots work well too. I mix diatomaceous earth to my soil before I fill my containers. Diatomaceous earth is one of natures miracles. You can read all about this wonderful product here…. Diatomaceous.net .  This product is also excellent for keeping those nasty bugs off your plants leaves too. You will be amazed at all that it can do… Can you tell I love that stuff?

Container gardens can contain what ever it is that you want to put in them. Keep in mind how much sun the plants will need.. try to keep those that need FULL SUN together as well as lots of water and only water when dry. Your able to learn all of this by reading the tags on the seeds packets or on the plants that you are buying from the nursery…. They put those tags on EACH plant for a reason READ THEM!

Container gardening is not that hard but it does need some planning. It is a great way to be able to have a nice juicy mouth watering fresh picked tomato fresh from your own garden. You can also have an abundant supply of fresh herbs for cooking as well as any thing else that you planted…. Just out the door .. FRESH!

I enjoy my container gardens that I have on my backyard deck and on my front porch. I have flowers, herbs and vegetables all planted together in the same pots. Here is a wonderful book about container gardening…

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