Gardening in any form can be both pleasurable and therapeutic. In fact, for years people have looked upon gardening as one of the best means of relaxing and enjoying nature. That’s why container gardening is so important in these busy times in big cities. And gardening tips are always appreciated, whether for containers only or gardens in general.
However, with the recent frenzy involving container gardening, more and more city dwellers can also enjoy the pleasure of establishing their own oasis of colour in a corner of their own home, or on the balcony, roof or deck. And better still, unlike the conventional suburban gardener, when the container garden owner moves to a new home, they get to take their garden with them!
So what is involved in establishing and maintaining a container garden? All you really need is some space, some ambition, a small amount of capital and you are on your way.
One of the greatest advantages of a container based garden is that you don’t need to spend too much time on your hands and knees, or working in the heat of the day. You can do your initial planting with your containers on a table in the cool of the evening and set them down on the floor when all your plants are in place.
Plant containers can come in many shapes and forms, and depending whether your goal is to establish a vegetable garden or just to plant flowers or shrubs, you can make your choices accordingly.
The common denominator in the success of a container garden is the choice of potting mixture that you use, and most gardeners, amateurs and professionals alike will tell you that a soil-less culture is the best choice these days.
Soil-less potting mixture is lightweight, has tremendous characteristics of water retention and drainage, is guaranteed to be weed free and can be recycled endlessly.
Depending on the nature and extent of your container gardening activity, you can decide how to best water your plants. You can trust in a garden hose, which is very water wasteful, become a little more refined with a watering can, or establish your own state of the art irrigation system.
Irrigation systems, while they can be expensive to set up, will save money in the long term by using considerably less water, and gets right to the roots of the plant. If you want to go totally digital, you can even invest in a mini-computer that will switch on your irrigation system at dusk or dawn, and save lots of unnecessary waste through evaporation.
Once you have narrowed down which form you would like your container garden to take, the next stage is to choose your plants. You can opt for seasonal plants that will always provide you with loads of color all year round, or go for annuals that will spend the winter in a state of dormancy and wake up strong in the late spring or early summer.
If you want to add a little spice to your flower garden, you can always plant a few bulbs, such as tulip, daffodil or anemone that will bloom in early spring for a few weeks, and provide some shape and colour as your garden wakes up.
If vegetable container gardening is your thing, then the only limitation that you might have is space and the length of your ambition.
Container gardens can be set up in any corner, and you can begin with herbs and work your way up to staple vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and even green beans. Creating a container garden means adding nature to your surroundings and will bring a rainbow of colors and much pleasure to your life.