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.

 

 

Getting Started with Gardening

Getting Started with Gardening

You finally have the space to plant a garden, but you really aren’t sure where to begin.  Don’t worry, we have got you covered; we can help you figure out what tools you are going to need along with choosing the best plants for a lush and beautiful looking garden.  Getting started with gardening isn’t as difficult as you might think, let us show you how.

Join a Gardening Group

Check with your local nursery or garden center to see if there are any local gardening classes or gardening groups that you can join to learn more.  You may also want to check with the local MeetUp groups; many have walking tours of local gardens or get-togethers where you can meet more experienced gardeners.  If your community has a public garden, then go check out the types of plants and flowers that they are using.

Get Your Gear Ready

There are some essential tools and supplies that you are going to need no matter whether you decide to grow plants, flowers, or vegetables, so you are going to want to get those.  Most you can pick up at a local hardware store or garden supply center. Necessary tools are going to include some trowel for digging holes, a hose with a spray attachment to water the garden and a good pair of gardening gloves.  As you get more experienced, you will add to your collection of gardening tools.

Deciding Where and What to Plant

Now you’re going to have to take a look at the area you have to work with and figure out what and where to plant.  You need to know how much sunlight your garden gets throughout the day.  Some plants thrive under the direct sun all day while others need more shade.  Most plants are going to need roughly 6 hours or so of direct sunlight daily while others differ.  You can combine take advantage of pots or containers that you can move in and out of the sun.  Do you have direct access to water, if not, do you have a long enough hose to water your garden?

You are also going to need to make sure that you have a good fertile soil to plant in.  This is another trip to the garden center to grab some topsoil and compost so that your plants and flowers have rich nutrients to grow healthy and vibrant.  Start your garden off small as you get more experience, you can experiment with different plants and flowers.