A Guide to Outdoor Container Gardening – Do’s and Do not!!!

Do you want lovely plants, flowers or vegetable but simply do not have large tracts of land in which to start a garden? If so, consider planting an outdoor container garden instead. This is an inexpensive and easy way to grow plants and vegetables without the need for large amounts of space. Many people use window boxes or containers on decks or any spare area within the yard. Outdoor container gardening is also perfect for those who live in apartments or garden homes without large yards.

First, you will need to have containers for your garden. The types of containers are limited only to your imagination. You can purchase containers or use what you have around the house. This is a great way to recycle. Flower pots, oak barrels, planters and baskets are all ideal for container gardening but you can also use milk cartons, old tub, boots or chipped bowls can all be incorporated into use for container gardening. Use your imagination and consider your décor.

Plan your container garden first by thinking about the types of plants, flowers or vegetables you may want. Think about color combinations and how you want the finished product to look. It may be helpful to sketch it out so you know exactly where you want everything. Try to plan your container garden so there are varying colors and levels of plants. This is more interesting to the eye. Also, consider the type of climate you have. Different plants are more suited to some climates than others so research the plants to make sure they will be able to tolerate the climate you have.

Keep in mind, though, that container gardens are portable so you can bring in plants if it gets too cold or move planters around as needed for optimal sunlight exposure. This is one of the reasons outdoor container gardening is so popular. Use soil and compost purchased from your local nursery. Organic materials are recommended especially if you are planting edibles. Care of the container garden is fairly easy and will only take a few minutes each day.

You will need to ensure your plants are watered regularly. Check each container to make sure it is not too dry or not over saturated. Also, periodically check the containers for weeds and pull them. However, most container gardens are not prone to weeds so you will likely not get a lot of them. Use organic fertilizer such as compost tea. This will ensure your plants are healthy and beautiful.

Outdoor container gardening is easy and inexpensive. You can put containers just about anywhere and only spend a little time each day in its care. In no time at all you will have a lovely array of flowers and plants that will accent any home. With the container, outdoor patio daybeds will be placed in the gardens. They will provide an impressive and beautiful look to the garden.

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Patrick is a part-time fitness trainer and pursuing his Master’s in American Literature from Stanford University. He wishes to share his fitness plan with others to help them achieve their goals in terms of fitness and education.