If you want to start to grow some herbs and vegetables quite quickly and easily, investigate how to do container gardening.
It is a lot easier to start some containers for your plants than to dig up part of your garden for a veggie bed.
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Plan Before You Start
Success with anything requires planning and starting a container garden is no exception. While container gardening isn’t exactly rocket science, you will need to do some planning before starting. If you plan carefully before you start, you will avoid many problems that may occur and you will not know how to remedy them.
Indoor or Outdoor Container Garden?
The first decision that you’ll have to make will be to choose between an indoor or outdoor container garden. You could do both but you need to decide what you want. You can do container gardening equally well both indoors and outdoors. However, many people mistakenly believe that indoor container gardening is the only way to go.
Benefits of a Container Garden
The benefits of container gardening are that you can grow a variety of herbs, vegetables, flowers, plants, etc. It’s very easy to move your plants from one place to another because they’re all in containers. You should be aware that as some of the plants grow, they can get pretty heavy.
What Do Your Container Plants Need?
These are not just specific to container plants, but all plants need certain things. However, when you are planning how to do your container garden, these are things you should keep in mind.
Inclement weather might affect your plants. So, you should make arrangements to protect your plants or have some contingency plan for them in the event of bad weather. This is one benefit of container gardening. Plants in containers can be moved but those that are planted in the ground are at the mercy of the elements.
Exposure to sunlight is another factor that you should be aware of. Some plants prefer more sunlight and some less. Shade the plants that require less sunlight and arrange those that require lots of sunlight in places where they will thrive under the sun.
Pollution from traffic can also affect your plants adversely. The dust and foreign particles kicked up by moving vehicles and people may damage your plants. So, place your plants away from heavy traffic.
Humidity is another factor that plays a role in the plant’s health. Some plants require higher humidity. Others, not so much. Grow plants that fit with your climate or you will have to take extra measures. This is especially true if you’re trying to grow exotic plants.
Conditions For Indoor Container Gardens
If you’re doing indoor container gardening, your plants will need to be located at a spot where they do enjoy some sunlight and the area is preferably warm. Do not place them in front of the air-conditioner that is constantly blowing cold air. Even if it’s an indoor plant, the location matters and if you want your plant to grow healthy, you will need to choose a good location for the plant.
If your house generally doesn’t get much natural sunlight indoors, you should use special plant lights which are specifically designed to mimic natural sunlight. By using these, your plants will thrive even in houses that are relatively dark.
Research Suitable Plants For Your Container Garden
The size the plants will grow to in future will also need to be taken into account. If you are growing large plants or bushes, as the plants get bigger, they will become much heavier and moving them will not be easy.
Do your research and see how big your plant may potentially grow. Then place the plants in a location where they get enough sunlight, are reasonably close to home and protected from threats. This will ensure that you do not need to strain your back by moving them repeatedly.
These are some of the points that you’ll need to think about if you decide to start container gardening. If you plan early and do it well, your chances of having healthy plants that flourish without problems will be much higher. Plan well.