Container gardening is the perfect option for anybody without a conventional garden space, giving you a space where you can grow plants without needing dedicated flowerbeds or grassy areas. However, actually creating one of these gardens can be complex at first, especially if you are not sure how to start.
How do you create the perfect container garden, and what kind of elements should you consider when you are putting one together for the first time?
A large part of a container garden is the way that it uses space. Container gardens are primarily made up of a lot of different containers, from pots and buckets to bowls and mugs, that can be moved around independently, making them a very versatile addition to your home.
Regardless of where you are putting your container garden, you have the option of adjusting it whenever you like, meaning that you can make the best use of whatever space you have available. Still, though, you need to think about the kind of area that you are using and how much room you have left.
For example, homes with very small fenced-in or walled-in yards might only have so much room available, and this could quickly be taken up by other garden decorations. The larger your containers, the more room they will need, so you should think about how you will spread them all out or clump them together.
Drainage is another major concern that a lot of people overlook at first. When you are creating a container garden, it is easy to assume that containers will work on their own, but you still need a way for them to drain if you want the plants to survive properly in their new environment.
Waterlogged soil can easily kill even the hardiest of plants, and without drainage, there is not really a way for it to escape the containers other than through evaporation. This often means that you will have to create your own drainage holes – or use containers that already have them.
Some containers are going to be better for this than others. An old bathtub is easy to drain since it always has the plughole, as are most dedicated plant containers. A ceramic bowl might be less reliable because it is not easy to cut holes into them without shattering the entire container.
Remember that drainage is also about the location as a whole. If you are in an area that gets heavy rainfall sometimes, you do not want your plants to be in a location where all the water will pool around them, potentially killing them. Always place them up a slope or in a flat area.
Looks and Practicality
Like normal gardens, container gardens can be designed either for practical purposes, visual flair, or both. However, the plants that you want to grow will change how you see the garden and how you arrange everything.
Some people use container gardens to grow vegetables and herbs, but this often means keeping the vegetables and herbs in clearly defined areas that are suited best to each individual plant. Since you are growing them for use in the kitchen, you want them to be suitable for use as food.
Plants that are purely for show still need care but also need to be arranged in a visually appealing way. Their value comes from how they look and the way that they have been placed relative to one another, rather than their overall health or quality (although that is still important too).
The same goes for fragrant plants, which are often meant to be placed in areas where you can smell them. This might mean that you need to rearrange your original container garden plans to better suit the plants you are growing there.
Durability and Permanence
Remember that container gardens are often quite adaptable since you can move the plants around however you like and change out individual plants quickly. This makes them naturally less permanent than a conventional garden, but it also means that you need to consider durability too.
Not all containers will last for the same amount of time, and some may be more fragile than others when filled with heavy soil. While very few containers are likely to break in half suddenly, you still want to make sure that your garden can last for long enough before needing any adjustments.
Permanence also changes how you might install your container garden. A container garden that you plan to keep rearranging needs to be made with containers that you can move quite easily on your own, but a longer-term container garden can make use of more permanent or less mobile fixtures.
Be sure to match your garden to how you plan to use it since there is not a single perfect way of creating a container garden. What might be perfect for some people could be less useful for others, so it all depends on the type of plants that you want to grow yourself.
Remember that a lot of older containers might end up being too damaged to use correctly, especially if they have cracks and holes. It is often a good idea to throw something away if it can’t accommodate plants properly since it may just lead to them dying or drowning.
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