Gardening can be a wonderful way to spend time in the sun, but it can also be a tedious job. The best way to get around this is by growing plants in containers. Today we’re going to share our experience with container gardening, and give you six quick tips on how you can make your own beautiful container garden!
Start with a clean slate.
The first step is to start with a clean slate. Remove any dead or dying leaves, and remove any weeds. Don’t forget to get rid of the old soil, too!
Now that you’ve got a clean pot, you’ll want to fill it with good potting mix. We recommend using Quikrete All-Purpose Garden Mix for optimal results; this blend contains composted steer manure and other natural ingredients that will help your plants thrive long term. After filling the container with new soil, add slow release fertilizer according to directions on the package (a tablespoon per gallon of water).
Use the right size container for the plant. Container size should depend on the size of the plant so that roots are not crowded.
- Use the right size container for the plant. Container size should depend on the size of the plant so that roots are not crowded.
- Make sure that there is enough room for your plants to grow, and make sure that you have enough soil so they can be watered regularly.
- If you have a large plant in a small pot, it’s likely that its roots will grow around outside of their container and may begin to damage nearby plants or even your soil structure (when they start breaking through).
Choose a quality potting mix. A good quality commercial potting mix is designed to be light and well draining, allowing water and oxygen to flow freely through it.
Choosing a quality potting mix is the first step in creating an amazing container garden. A good quality commercial potting mix is designed to be light and well draining, allowing water and oxygen to flow freely through it. Choose one that is designed for container gardening and the type of plants you are growing.
When choosing a potting mix, look for ingredients such as peat moss or bark fines (finely shredded hardwood bark), perlite or vermiculite (lightweight materials used to improve drainage), compost or manure (to add nutrients), activated charcoal (to remove excess fertilizer from fertilizer spikes) and composted pine bark nuggets/shreds (for improved drainage).
Water thoroughly but don’t over-water, unless you want your plants to drown! Know what the needs are for each plant and create a watering schedule according to those needs.
- Plants need different amounts of water. So, it’s important to know what the needs are for each type of plant you choose to grow in your container garden.
- Water thoroughly but do not over-water. Over watering will cause root rot, which can kill your plants fast! It also leads to algae growth, which can be unsightly and harmful if left unchecked. If you don’t want your plants drowning in the next rain storm or heavy dew day, make sure that you monitor how much water each container gets per week by using a soil probe or checking with a stick inserted into the soil at least 2 inches deep (if needed).
Add slow release fertilizer in spring. Feeding once every three months will ensure great blooms all season long.
To ensure your plants stay happy, healthy and growing strong all season long, you need to feed them. Using slow release fertilizer in spring is the best way to make sure your container garden stays beautiful for as long as possible.
However, not every fertilizer is suitable for every situation! If you’re using a potting mix that contains sand or coir (a renewable product made from coconut husks), then a standard granular fertilizer should be fine. However, if your potting mix contains perlite or vermiculite (like ours does) then it will hold too much water for standard fertilizers and may cause root rot instead of promoting healthy growth. To prevent this from happening we recommend using liquid fertilizer instead of granular kinds – it will absorb well into each plant but won’t stay around too long so there won’t be any risk of over-feeding or nutrient burn!
Additionally, if it rains less than once per week during the summer months then we would recommend adding extra nutrients through weekly foliar sprays rather than applying them directly into soil since they’ll leach away otherwise.”
Get creative with plants! Try mixing combinations of annuals and perennials, or use one type of plant such as hostas, grasses, sedums or succulents in a variety of containers. For example, several containers can be planted out with different sedum varieties and they will look amazing together but still distinct from each other!
Mixing plants in different containers and using a variety of plant types is another great way to add interest and texture to your container garden. You can use annuals and perennials, hostas, grasses, sedums or succulents in one pot! For example, several containers can be planted out with different sedum varieties and they will look amazing together but still distinct from each other!
Growing plants in containers is easy when you have the right knowledge
- Know the needs of your plants
You won’t do well in a container garden if you don’t know what each plant needs to thrive. Some plants need lots of sunlight, while others prefer shade. Some are drought tolerant and others require frequent watering. Some prefer warm temperatures, while others like it cooler or warmer than that depending on their native habitat in the wild (we call this “hardiness zone”).
- Know how to care for your plants
After determining which plants will thrive best in your containers (and where), make sure to provide them with what they need for growth by providing adequate water and nutrients at the right time(s) throughout their lifecycles — from germination through flowering/fruiting stages to dormancy periods when they rest until spring arrives again! A good rule-of-thumb: If it looks like something needs attention, then usually it probably does! Don’t let pests such as beetles or mites damage your crops either — control these pests using safe methods such as insecticidal soaps or neem oil sprays (which are derived from tree extracts).
We hope these tips will help you create an amazing container garden! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]