Container gardening is a simple and fulfilling hobby that has practical applications too. You don’t have to own 100 acres of land or even a garden to get started with sustainable practices and learning to grow your own food.
Anyone can become a novice container gardener, including people who live in high-rise apartment blocks. You can create an intricately ornate container garden in and around your home, or can even grow your own herbs right in your kitchen.
The isolation of container plants all but eliminates the pain of dealing with weeds and soil contamination and allows you to move plants to where growing conditions are optimal.
The Basics of Container Gardens
Before you start getting your hands dirty, it is best to know exactly what a container garden is. There are many variations available to suit every novice gardener’s needs, so deciding what you want from your garden makes it easier to get started.
Whether you want fresh flowers, veggies or simply some greenery, spruce up your driveway, balcony, deck or other space. Nearly everyone can enjoy the benefits of organic gardening.
Organic container gardening is the art of planting and maintaining any organic vegetable or herb in containers.
As organic container gardening is really growing in popularity. The benefits are seemingly endless, but some of them include:
- No yard is necessary
- So Simple that anyone can do it
- Fewer tools and materials required
- Relatively cost effective to start and maintain
- Not necessarily needs tilling or digging
- Containers can be fitted and put in virtually in any desired location
- Choice to put the garden in the most beneficial spot
- Better control over growing conditions
- Easier to protect plants from extreme/damaging weather conditions
- Beneficial to Grow edible herbs and vegetables
There is virtually no limit to the type of container you can use so you can actually use your knowledge and creative side here to find the containers most suitable to your requirement. Just keep in mind:
- Avoid overcrowding your plants in container
- Make wise choices for the size of containers
- Opt for containers having proper drainage
- Do add fertilizers regularly
Rotate your containers in a circular motion every couple of days to providesunlight evenly to all the plants in the container.
If your plant becomes too big for the container, consider repotting.
Options of container Plants
- Shrubs and grasses: Nandina, Tibouchina
- Herbs: coriander, mint , basil, rosemary, sage, thyme
- Flowers: Variety of flowers – Tulips, marigold, petunia and lavender are all good options
- Fruit and vegetables including lemon, lime andapple and spinach, broccoli and beetroot
Tips for Beginners
- Get some durable container with drainage holes
- Get an organic potting mix
- Buy the herbs you want to eat
- Buy some fertilizers
- Be sure to water when needed
- Prevent slugs and other harmful insects
- Eat your own grown organic food