Container gardening is an easy and convenient way to have your own homegrown vegetables and fruits when you have a backyard with limited space. With a few tips and tricks, your container garden can be a fruitful and resounding success. Here’s what you need:
1. Choosing Produce For Your Container Garden
The first thing you need to know when growing a container garden is which fruits and vegetables you will include in the same. You can start by selecting a few vegetables, fruits, and plants that can be harvested throughout the summer and fall. Of course, not all vegetables and fruits can be used for container gardening. This needs to be taken into consideration. One popular container gardening option is tomatoes.
2. Building Your Container Garden
It is important that the containers for your container garden are large enough to accommodate fruits, plants, and vegetables you have chosen. In addition to ensuring the containers are large enough, it is also important to use healthy rich soil. The quality of your produce is only as good as the quality of your soil.
Be sure to choose high-quality potting and gardening soil as this option are perfectly designed for the nature of container gardening. This is due largely to the fact that this kind of soil holds moisture better than other soil while preventing mold development in the event too much water was added. This type of soil also has a starter amount of fertilizer, making it that much richer.
3. Maintaining Your Container Garden
Once you have chosen the plants for your garden and planted the same, it is important that they get enough water. This is because container gardens dry out faster than a regular garden patch. This is especially true on hot days or during particularly hot periods.
Admittedly, some plants favor being water closed more than others. Be sure, therefore, to ask professionals at your local garden center about watering preferences. Thereafter, choose the plant options with watering preferences that suit your circumstances and/or needs and how much time and care you have to give.
In addition to watering needs, container plants also need to be fertilized regularly. Due to the fact that container plants do not hold plant food and nutrients very well, more food and fertilizer will need to be added to the pot. There are several ways to fertilize your container plant. Some fertilization options include using plant stakes.
Plant stakes are great because they hold plant nutrients over a longer period. As such one does not need to add fertilizer once or twice a week. Instead, Instead, the plant stakes can be replaced every few weeks. Fertilizers used with plant stakes can either be added to water for watering or sprinkled on top. Fertilizers for sprinkling are harder to find.
Another important aspect of making sure you maintain a healthy container garden is ensuring that your garden gets enough sunlight. Plants that are not exposed to enough sunlight will simply not flourish. Such plants will fail to produce more than one or two vegetables and fruits (which would be a waste of both money and time). In most cases, fruits and vegetables need lots of sunlight throughout the day to produce and grow crops. For example, a minimum of five to six hours of sunlight exposure is needed. In this case, it means tomatoes are best grown in the sunniest parts of your garden space to maximize sunlight exposure.
Bringing It All Together
All the elements outlined above are equally important to the container gardening process. Container gardening will simply not be as effective or fruitful if any of the above is missing from the equation. As such, be sure to include them all. Happy gardening!