Organic Gardening in Containers

Organic Gardening in Containers

If you enjoy gardening, but you live in an apartment or have limited space, then organic gardening in containers may satisfy your green thumb.  You can do this type of gardening almost anywhere, and it is a whole lot easier to maintain than an entire backyard garden.  Let’s take a look at how you can get started.

Start with the Soil

If you want to grow your flowers, plant, or vegetable organically, then you are going to need to start with the soil. Head to your local garden center and grab organic soils or you can take regular soil and add organic materials, so there are more nutrients available for your plants.  Because you’re working with containers, you are going to have to watch the moisture levels so adding peat moss to your soil along with compost will help you have the perfect mixture.

Getting Some Containers

You can use almost anything for a container as long as it is capable of holding soil and water.  You can get decorative pots that will make your garden look fabulous.  You can use clay or some other natural materials, or you can upcycle and re-purpose some plastic containers for your garden.  If you’re not using clay pots, make sure that you have holes in the bottom so the soil can drain and you may want to throw in a bit of gravel to help.  Make sure that your container is the right size for what you are trying to grow.  Herbs only need small pots, flowers, and plants need something bigger.

Planting

Container gardening isn’t that much different from growing plants and vegetables outside, but again make sure that you have the right size container.  Zucchini won’t grow successfully in a container meant for herbs.  You will still want to head to the garden center and grab some organic seeds.  One of the perks of gardening in containers is that you won’t have to deal with pests as you do in the garden.  It is also far easier to deal with them if you do.  You can still have to deal with ladybugs or other insects if you keep your containers outside.

Your container plants are still going to need adequate sunlight and moisture. You do have the advantage of being able to move your containers in and out of direct sunlight as needed and you are in control of the water.  On top of that, you can grow all year long, no waiting for the spring and warmer weather.