Gardening is one of the most practical gifts of nature. It is also one of the most popular hobby or commercial activity for those people with an open space whether small or big. Those with big gardens are making a killing. Those with small gardens wish they had just a little more space to explore. With container gardening, the latter may just be in luck. Container gardening enables you to make the most out of a small space. However, you first have to plan it well and consider the following factors:
Type of Plant
From the word go, you should be clear on the type of plants you are targeting. Growing potatoes in containers is a good way to stay healthy and keep grocery costs down. You will need strong and large containers that can support the weight of multiple potatoes. You will also need plenty of water for irrigation. Based on that information, you can then calculate the number of containers you need and find out where to get them. Don’t forget to consider whether the climate of your area is suitable for the plant of your choice or not.
Access to water will have the biggest impact on your container garden’s success. The plants will not be able to draw water from the ground, therefore, they completely depend on you and your ability to constantly water them. If you live in an area with limited water supply, choose plants or flowers that can survive for long periods of time without water. If you come home late and have no time to water them regularly, get somebody to help out every now and then.
Alternatively, you can set up drip irrigation so that the plants can stay hydrated all through the day with or without your presence.
Type of Container
Different containers are fit for different types of plants and garden. There is no one-size-fits-all. Flowers may work well with small containers or even pots, but potatoes will require larger and heavier containers. Bear in mind the size and weight of the plant when it’s fully grown as you choose its designated container.
In whatever case, the containers must have the proper drainage system. Drill holes all over so that excess water can flow out. The holes should be big enough for the water but small enough not to let the soil out. Pots, wood and plastic containers are ideal as long as they are clean and chemical free.
Finally, your gardens location has to be ideal for the type of plant you have in mind. Sunlight is essential for all plants so your garden should be in a location that receives good sunlight exposure all through the day. There also needs to be a sheltered position somewhere around the edges for your potted plants. If not, find somewhere else close to your house or on the inside if the plant is ideal for indoors. The garden should also be close to your home for easy access and security.