Things to Consider for Container Gardening
Know the type of plant. Some plants don’t do well in containers, so research beforehand whether your plants can live in a closed space. Along the same lines, water needs are also worth looking into; while some plants and flowers can go an entire day without watering (this is more true for non-container plants), others need twice-a-day watering (more true for container plants – certain container materials can dry soil out faster than others).
5. Vegetables and Herbs
If you’re the type who finds satisfaction when decorative objects also serve as practical, daily-use items, consider using a container garden to grow produce. (You’ll save money on grocery shopping while adding a little bit of beauty to your outdoor space.) And if you’re going to grow herbs and veggies anyway, containers are the easiest and best way to approach the act, as contained soil is better able to retain moisture, ward off pests and keep roots from spreading wildly. The best easy-to-grow veggies for container gardens include beans, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce. The best easy-to-grow herbs for container gardens include basil, rosemary, mint and parsley.
6. Garden Paths
Try a container garden in an actual garden – the two aesthetics will echo off each other to create an enclosure of textures, colors and dimension. Try containers in the middle or running along the sides of a garden patch. Above, planters and pots hold their own amidst the wilder, uncontained garden plants.
11. Hanging Container Garden
One trend in the world of container gardening can be seen a little higher – up towards the ceilings, specifically. Hanging containers with holes on the sides for attached ropes or chains, to hang from roof beams or from side walls – these designs are the new hanging beads (that doorway fad that was once emblematic of boho and retro eclectic styles). Hanging containers are the perfect accent if you’re looking for a little more uniqueness in your décor without losing elegance.
Final Notes (+ a Simple Hack)
One hack that is helpful to gardeners and container gardeners alike is coffee grinds! Take a handful of leftover coffee (or grinds) and sprinkle it into the soil of whatever vegetable/flower/plant you are trying to grow. The added nutrients found in coffee can do wonders for seedlings and saplings.
One final note: skip the gravel. Putting rocks at the bottom of a container holding a plant is one of the worst things you can do to the plant, as the rocky bottom can cause root damage and interfere with the soil. While rocks-at-the-bottom may work in some cases, you’re better off not taking any chances (especially if you’re new to container gardening) and instead sticking to the drainage holes that are already built into modern planters and plant containers.
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