Container Gardening: Thinking Inside of the Box
Growing plants in containers can be quite a challenge for home gardeners. However, there are also rewards. Container gardening is ideal for people with a green thumb that have little or no garden space. Additionally, it is to water plants grown in containers rather than in the ground.
Many container gardeners like to grow their own vegetables. This saves on the time and expense it takes to transport vegetables from the farm to the store or a restaurant, hoping they stay fresh. By growing them yourself in a container, you control the harvest to your table, which takes mere seconds. And your veggies are guaranteed fresh, as they are right off the vine.
When you grow plants, flowers or vegetables in a container, you also get to control the temperature, unlike with traditional gardening. Temperature fluctuations are a thing of the past with container gardening.
Incorporating Companion Planning
Companion planting is a practical and effective way to control pests naturally. It rids specific plants that attract harmful pests to your garden. Furthermore, companion planting controls pests naturally without the use of chemical pesticides. Traditionally, companion planting requires planting vegetables in close proximity to other plants, and with a large enough container, you can do this at home.
When plants are in the ground they absorb the nutrients from the soil. However, some plants can get along very well and actually assist one another in absorption of nutrients from the soil. These are the plants that help each other receive nutrients from the soil so that the plant can thrive. Zucchini and cucumbers, for example, are two plants that are often planted with tomatoes. Pumpkins and squashes also make good companions.
While plants will stop thriving when one of their neighbors starts to grow, they will still be around to help keep the other plants in the garden alive. Choosing plants that will naturally repel pests or insects will help the plants in the garden survive.
One of the most important things to consider with companion planting is height. Some plants can be raised high enough to keep out certain pests. Rosemary, for instance, is a plant that is often used for pest control. You should limit the height of the plants you choose to ensure that all the plants have room to grow.
Fostering Fruit Trees
Planting in containers is also a great way to grow fruit trees. Large containers provide great shelter and also act as containers for the fruit. However, you need to choose the right soil, so do your research.
Furthermore, small fruit trees in containers can be moved around to take advantage of different sun and shade patterns on a patio, deck or courtyard. Keep in mind that potted fruit trees typically bear less fruit than garden trees, but their fruit is generally ready for harvest earlier.
By container gardening, you will have more control over the growing process than you would with traditional gardening. By choosing the right container and soil, and utilizing companion planting, you will be growing in no time.