By Tammy Sons
Container Gardening is a wonderful option for people who do not have a large area to spare for growing vegetables, herbs and other plants. You will be amazed to know that there are endless varieties of plants and vegetables that can be grown in container and pots. The best part is that they thrive equally well in containers if maintained properly.
You can do so many things with the containers and pots. The pots or hanging baskets adorned with beautiful and tiny flowers can be put on the porch or patio. Vegetable containers can be put in the backyard where you’ll have an easy access to them during cooking.
The thumb rule of container gardening is to choose good quality containers and pots for growing plants. They should have proper drainage so that the plants do not get damaged. It is advisable to use pot liners so that the moisture is retained in the roots and plants do not dry out quickly.
The potting soil also plays an important role in container gardening. To ensure that the plants grow normally it is crucial to use rich soil preferably with high content of compost. Most of the plants on an average need a direct sunlight of 5-6 hours on a daily basis. Place the containers in such a location where the plants can get ample sunlight to perform their best. Plants grown in pots or containers need more fertilizing as the fertilizers tend get drained with frequent watering. It is advisable to use water based dilute fertilizers frequently so that the plants have access to essential nutrients.
Some of the annuals that are good for container gardening are Begonia, Geranium, Salvia, Petunia, Pansies, Zinnias, Marigold, Nasturtium and Periwinkle. There are beautiful plants that are apt for container gardening. Apart from flowering plants and annuals you can also grow vegetables in containers. Beans, Cabbage, Beets, Carrots, Lettuce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Radish, Eggplant, Pepper, etc. grow well in containers. Most of the herbs can also be planted in containers. You can grow aromatic herbs like Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Coriander and Sage.
With so many different varieties to plant, you can try your hands on container gardening. It will certainly prove to be a satisfying experience.