The basics of container gardening can be as simple as buying a few pots, arranging them around a small garden and adding some potting soil. All you need is some soil, and some plants. What type of plants are required to make this possible?
Container gardening is ideal for people who live in the country, or even in an apartment, because it makes the plants grow in an enclosed area where there are no predators, or plants that would pose a threat to the plant. That means no mosquitoes, no moles, and no pests that might destroy the plant.
A good source of food for animals and birds is native plants. However, too many of these native plants end up being eaten by rodents, insects, birds, or other pets.
It is important to not only add good plants that can be eaten, but also to remove the very bad plants. Every once in a while, we should have a look at what’s growing in our own gardens. It can be a good way to see what the animals eat, or if they’re pests, and it gives us an insight into the kind of plants that might not be good for our health.
One fun thing about container gardening is you can do your own maintenance. Once a week or so, instead of using the commercially available potting soil, you can prepare a mix from organic compost, peat moss and vermiculite. This can be easily mixed with your potting soil to create a better and more appealing layer of soil for your plants.
The mixing should be done after you’ve placed the potting soil in place. If you’re using peat moss, just make sure that it has been thoroughly soaked and spread out on the peat moss and vermiculite mixture.
It is also possible to try using bark from trees and shrubs mixed with the soil. This can be done by covering the bark in the soil, or by making it a part of the container itself. Both options will provide a protective layer of soil for your plants and make it easier to weed out unwanted vegetation.
It is often possible to mix in some compost and a few plant-friendly elements, such as saw palmetto, horsetail and even can peat moss with the soil. It is possible to do this by adding several inches of compost and then packing it in with the topsoil and peat moss. This allows the nutrients to seep into the soil to be usable by the plants.
There are many natural alternatives that you can use in addition to these natural elements. Some examples include fruit, seeds, nuts, grasses, manure, grains, leaves, and even other plant-based materials such as alfalfa. All of these natural elements are edible and have a wide range of uses and benefits for the plant.
Gardening with containers is a great hobby and provides a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy. It can be a way of taking your plants outdoors, especially when the weather is good, and enjoying nature by creating a makeshift garden that is indoors. With careful planning and plenty of time, container gardening can really work wonders for your health and be a real pleasure.
Container gardening can also provide a great way to fill in space in an apartment or house. It is not uncommon to have several plants, all grown and well cared for in containers in the garage, living room, or kitchen. The benefits can be far reaching.
So give it a try. You may find that container gardening is more than just a relaxing hobby.