A common misconception is that beautiful gardens are only for those with large yards or a lot of space. The truth? It’s entirely possible to have a flower or food garden that you can enjoy year-round, no matter how much space you have.
These days, people are becoming more creative with small spaces, bringing the wonders of nature indoors or onto small patios with dedicated container gardens. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to get started with this growing trend.
Benefits of Container Gardening:
Whether you want a riot of color in the form of beautiful flowers, to supplement your kitchen with vegetables or herbs, or efficacious plants, you can create just the effect you want in a space that is small, portable and easy to care for.
Keeping plants in portable containers ensures that you can give them the right amount of shade or sun, simply by moving them from place to place.
If you love gardening and long for fresh flowers, window boxes or planters on your porch are a great way to provide that beauty without having a large garden or yard.
For people who find it difficult to care for a large garden, container gardens can be placed on a table. They are always at the right height and can be scaled up or down depending on the level of care you can provide. One added benefit is that with a container garden, weeding is almost nonexistent!
How to Start a Container Garden:
Getting started is easy! The first step is deciding what you want to plant. Do you want an array of wildflowers, or a potted rose bush? How about an herb garden for your kitchen window? Depending on the size of your container, vegetables like tomatoes or beans may be cared for in your home or on your porch.
Once you have figured out what you would like, choose an adequately sized container. For larger projects, such as vegetables or shrubs, plastic tubs may be the way to go. For flowers, small groupings of decorative pots are a lovely addition to any home. Herb gardens require very little room, so may be grown in long, narrow containers or small pots.
One thing to keep in mind while starting a container garden is where you want it. Consider the amount of sunlight or shade a particular plant needs. Group them with plants that have similar light and water needs to make sure all components are happy.
When starting a container garden, it’s important to use a good potting soil. The earth you dig from the ground will easily become compacted in a small pot or container, making it difficult for your plants to take root. Potting soil eliminates this risk, ensuring your plants have what they need from the ground up.
Now that you know just how easy and fun it can be, what are you waiting for? They’re perfect for just about any size space and require much less maintenance and care than a traditional outside garden.
Once you have started, it’s easy follow up. For example basic watering, making sure they have adequate sun and enjoying your flowers or food wherever you want!