Gardening in Pots

by Amy Gordon
(last updated August 24, 2015)

If you have limited space in your area, a good way to still be able to grow a garden is to grow plants in pots. Potted plants are not the same as plants that grow straight out of the ground, since potted plants will not receive as much help from nature. Give them a hand so they can grow up healthy and strong.

The very first thing that you need to do when gardening in pots is to buy the right pots. This is not necessarily an easy thing to do, since there are many different pots available. Cheap pots tend to deteriorate in the sun, which will do you no good. More expensive ceramic pots will work well, but you need to make sure they have drainage holes so the water can seep out. You can also use other containers instead of pots, such as containers made of fiberglass or wood. Just make sure that the container will have adequate drainage and will not break over time.

When you are putting soil in your container, you will want to get a good quality potting mixture. Another option is to use compost, mixed with sand if your plant requires it. Just make sure whatever you use drains rapidly but will still keep the roots moist.

Plants in containers need sunlight, which is often difficult to get if you live on the wrong side of the apartment building. Find a place for your containers to get at least a decent amount of sunlight. If you cannot find a place that gets at least five hours of sun a day, you will probably want to get plants that require very low levels of light.

Another important factor of container gardening is that your plants get plenty of water. The potting mixture will lose moisture quickly to keep the plant from rotting, so you will need to water your plants daily, sometimes twice a day if the weather is very hot and the plants need lots of water. You might consider an automatic watering system if you think you will not be able to water your plants daily.

Take time to take care of your container garden and the plants should grow just fine. You have plenty of options with what you grow, so find something you like. Just have fun with it, otherwise you might as well not start gardening at all.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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