Many people are used to planting in the ground and find the concept of container gardening more restricting than beneficial. These 4 container gardening tips are aimed to show you why it is actually the other way around. How containers are actually much more effective than in the ground gardens for many people.
Container Gardening Tips
1. Flexibility: It is very hard to grow a garden in the ground in that you need to prepare the soil which could take quite some time to get it perfectly balanced. Not all plants require the same water and sun requirements therefore in some cases you need to build more than one garden to support your crops. Container gardening allows you to be flexible in that you can place your pot wherever best suits your plant you are growing. You can also just focus on the plants water and nutrient needs without worrying about impacting nearby plants.
2. Mobility: For me, one of the biggest enjoyments in the garden is rearranging and playing with the configuration of everything. Raised beds and gardens in the ground are great as baselines but if you build a container garden you can intermix your pots wherever you want, move the blooming plants to the front or if a plant is not doing well, bring it inside to get special treatment.
3. Pest Control: It is much easier to treat a plant in a container with sprays than in the ground. You can even remove the plant and transplant it to a new container if needed; it goes back to being flexible. Also many plants work to repel insects; you can plant these in containers and disperse them around your gardens and porch to keep your garden bug free.
4. Decoration: Many people like to add flavor and color to their gardens. A container allows you to pick a pot that stands out and works well with the plant you are about to put inside. You can even make your own pot, paint one you purchase or be creative and turn something into a pot to add more character.
I hope these container gardening tips help you in making your garden a little more interesting this year. If you are wanting to read more, check out this article about container vegetable gardening.