Container gardening tips for beginners

July 6th, 2017

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” — Alfred Austin

Many people live in apartment blocks or in accommodation where they do not necessarily have a garden or space for a garden. 2016 statistics show that many Americans are moving from owning their own homes in suburbs to renting accommodation in cities.

Critical data from 50 of the largest U.S metros indicates that in 2006 about 65% of American citizens owned their own homes while less than 40% of people rented a place to live. Changes in these demographics show that less than 60% of the adult population owned their own home in 2014 and more than 40% rented in the same period.



How to plant and maintain a container garden

While there are many benefits to apartment living, but the act of planting and maintaining a garden is good for your mental and physical health and well-being. Therefore, the question that begs is how do you plant flowers and trees without access to a garden?

The good news is that the answer is quite simple: plant a container garden! To help you begin your little garden, here are a few tips to get you started:


Evaluate how much natural sunlight there is

Some plants need a lot of direct sunlight to grow while other plants are shade-loving plants. Therefore, before you start buying containers and plants, look at the area that is available for a container garden to determine how many hours sun there is during the day. For example, if the area is shaded for most of the day, then plants that need at least six hours or more of direct sunlight to grow will not do well in this area, and vice versa.



Make sure your containers have enough drainage

It is of vital importance to make sure that the pots have enough drainage before you fill them with soil, etc. Too few drainage holes or holes that are too small will allow the water to accumulate at the bottom of the container causing the plant roots to rot and die. Therefore, if you can’t buy planters that have adequate drainage holes, then you can always make them bigger. However, it is much easier to try and source containers that will allow water to drain away properly.


Feed your plants

Even though most potting soils have compost or fertilizers mixed into them, the nutrients in the soil will be used up by the plants as they grow. Additionally, the nature of a container garden prevents the soil from sourcing new nutrients; therefore, you need to feed your plants with a slow-release fertilizer on a regular basis.


Final words

As mentioned above, the time and effort spent in planting and maintaining a container garden are well-worth it, not only for your enjoyment but also for your health and well-being. 

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