Container gardening seems to be an up and coming thing and it appears that no matter where you live, you can grow a variety of different plants, flowers or produce. You can plant anything you wish to in the containers, plus they come in many different sizes. The following are some imperative aspects that should help you to produce a strong and healthy container garden.
Mind the Temperature
One thing to be careful of with container gardens, is keeping them cool in the afternoon when the sun is hottest; this could mean too much heat for your plants. Once the container has absorbed that intense heat; there are not many plants that can endure it.
Plants that are grown in the dirt are somewhat at less risk to heat exposure than are those in container gardens because of the soil staying cooler. If you can, it would be wise to protect your plants from the sun during the warmest part of the day. This doesn’t mean they have to be brought indoors or even in the shade. You can alleviate some of the problem when you are careful about where you put your containers in the beginning.
You may consider a great container garden that is located inside. This will be great for those who live in an apartment or maybe have excess room downstairs in their house. Given the lack of space in your yard; you can put them out on your deck, if you have one, inside would be fine too.
It’s best to keep them near a window so they can get sunlight, but if this isn’t possible you can still use artificial lighting as a substitute. One great plant to put indoors, maybe in you kitchen; would be different varieties of herbs. The same is true for vegetables you want to use in salads, such as lettuce, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes.
You will need to consider the lighting requirement your garden will need; be it inside or outside. Whenever possible, your plants should be exposed to sun daily. If this isn’t possible due to your location, you have to make sure you have an adequate substitute so that your plants get enough light. There are grow lights available and they will emit heat that will be somewhat like that given off by sunlight. These are great when your containers are inside, without the benefit of natural sunlight. When you are not equipped with the grow lights; you can use a 150 watt light bulb to keep the area somewhat warmer for your plants.
The location of your container garden will ultimately make the decision as to what type of plants you can grow – some will do well and others may not do well depending upon where they are grown. The internal temperature of your residence, because it is adjustable, as well as the humidity, can accommodate exotic plants from different parts of the world. The benefits of doing container gardening are too numerous to list in this article, yet you will find most of them by doing this type of gardening yourself.