Container gardening is a fun-filled experience that even novice gardeners can try out and succeed at most of the time. If you live in a building, or if you have a sprawling landscape and a lot of areas to use, regardless of your location, container gardening is easy to do. If you want to give container gardening a shot, follow the simple guidelines in this article to get going.
The first thing to think about is what sorts of containers are available for container gardening and which ones would suit you best. You can use almost any type of container, whether you want to use flower pots, food cans, boxes, or buckets. If you choose a wood container, you need wood that has not been chemically treated, and remember that wood will most likely end up rotting after a while. You also need to remember to make sure there is sufficient drainage; drilling holes will alleviate this issue. Another important aspect when choosing your container is the fact that dark colors can retain too much heat for your plants to thrive; therefore you should try to use light colors. You should match the size of the container want to use with the size of the plant you intend on placing in it. It is critical that you provide whatever type of vegetation you decide to grow, adequate growing space.
Temperature and Humidity
Even though it’s easier to control the conditions for a container garden than a typical outdoor garden, you still have to make sure that the temperature and humidity are right for the plants you’re growing. You will be one step ahead of the game if you grow plants that can be found growing in your area already or at least will adapt to your environment. If you decide to grow plants that are accustomed to a dry climate, like cacti; you may have issues trying to provide an overly humid atmosphere or excessive low temperatures. On the other hand, plants that require a more moist environment, such as tropical or jungle plants may need some extra moisture, which can be supplied by spraying their leaves in addition to watering them frequently. You also want to keep plants with similar needs in the same container.
One aspect you will need to pay close attention to is providing adequate lighting for your container garden; regardless of the location. Preferably, your garden needs natural sunlight throughout the day. When you are not able to give your plants the necessary light via the sun; it will be necessary to provide it in some other way. There are grow lights available and they will emit heat that will be somewhat like that given off by sunlight. This will shed some extra light when your indoor garden does not receive much light from the sun. The next best thing would be a bright bulb of 150 watts that’s kept on the plants during the day. If you want to have fresh herbs on your table every day, planting them in a container garden is a great way to do this. Just start out with one, and if it is to your liking, make more for each and every room. Managing a container garden is so simple that anyone who tries it gets hooked and continues to do it because of its easy to take care of.