Days are gone when anyone without adequate space could not practice gardening. Today all you need is a balcony, deck or a patio to start your own little beautification program through a wonderful process called container gardening. This article provides more information about this great pastime.
If you are keen on gardening yet do not have adequate space to accommodate your ‘green’ desires, do not fret, help is at hand. You can actually run a lovely indoor garden, also known as ‘container gardening’ in your own patio, balcony, and deck or even on the ledge of a window that receives a lot of sunshine! So, are you ready?
There was a time was gardening was a hobby pursued only by people who owned little or big plots of land. Today, the scenario has changed. Even residents of small flats can grow their own landscape garden in their own little flat. It is called container gardening, or put more simply, it is growing plants and flowers in a container. One of the biggest benefits of container gardening is that you need not toil out in the sun, with the weekly mowing schedule, etc., yet enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful scenery right inside your home. You could grow some of the perennials, annuals and even small shrubs and trees in your containers.
While container gardening is a definite possibility, never presume that it is going to an easy task. Just like traditional gardening, container gardening also requires meticulous planning. This planning involves finding out from USDA, the specific climate zone that you live in. finding this critical information will help you to choose the right types of plants for your house. Secondly you need to be sure that your home or at least some parts of it get enough sunlight during the day. After ascertaining all these factors, you can go out and get the plants you so desire for indoor gardening.
The first advice to start your container gardening is to buy the plants from the local nursery. Otherwise you ought to have adequate facilities to go for indoor seedlings. You should never expose the tender plants outside if the temperature is below 45° F or the weather is highly windy. You should also remember not to keep your plants outside overnight, or else your plants may get damaged by frost.
Many people falsely believe that any plant that thrives on the ground will not be suitable for container gardening. This is completely untrue. If you do not believe, try it out yourself. Moreover, any plant will grow well if kept in containers which have holes at the bottom, for proper water drainage.
Not only does most container gardening require very little fertilizer and water support, depending on the variety that you have chosen, it also requires very little budget as starting expenses and has very low maintenance costs.
Not just flowers, you could grow many types of pot-growing vegetables as part of your container gardening. All that these plants need are water and plenty of sunlight. If you can provide these two basic ingredients then you could grow your own bunch of your own favorite vegetables for your ratatouille or salad. Its time to surprise your friends, right?
Even if you do not have the right balcony or deck, you could manage a special sanction from your landlord and install window boxes, a modern version of container gardening. Your sunny window could be the idea venue for growing some annuals or indoor vegetables. Another type of garden called community garden also exists, which can make any city dweller happy.
Once autumn dawns, there is no need to stop your container gardening activity as then you can continue with plants which can resist frost. Few of the common plants which can withstand frost are: Eulalia grasses, Mexican feather grass, Cornflowers, Lavender cottons, Jasmine, Million bells, Stonecrops, etc.
There is a unique way to extend the lifecycle of you container garden from early spring to late fall. Simply replant to tally well with the surrounding environment and weather conditions. To get a good design idea for your container garden, you could get in touch with some of America’s leading gardeners online. These remarkable gardeners offer advice on caring and choosing plants for pots, tips on how to grow vibrant roses and bulbs in small containers, and more.