Monday, May 16, 2011
If you're trying to find a way to have a garden but you don't have a yard, or you're just trying to add interest to an outdoor space, consider container gardening.
1. The key to a container garden, the potting soil. There are so many brands on the market, but you can also mix your own by combining two parts of peat moss with one part of builder's sand.
2. Think outside the box or pot when you're choosing your container, as long as you provide good drainage there are so many things that can become plant containers. From baskets to old shoes or even pottery can find new life in your garden.
3. Choose your plants carefully. Plants with like temperaments in the same pot, so group sun and water lovers together in one spot and shade lovers in another.
4. Don't forget to put some drainage material in the bottom of your container, broken pots, packing peanuts or pebbles are all good choices.
5. Add some potting soil, arrange your plants and then fill with additional soil around the perimeter.
6. Once your container is finished, water it well. I like to dissolve an envelope of unflavored gelatin in a quart of water. It makes a nitrogen rich plant food that helps the plant retain water!