Assembling a group of plants to design a container garden is perhaps one of the most fun gardening activities. The possibilities are only limited by imagination, and perhaps by the local garden center’s diversity of plant material. Containers help transform empty spaces into garden rooms, providing a green respite just outside the back door. The variety of containers available at local garden centers has increased in recent years. Colors, materials, and styles exist to fill every design aesthetic.
I love planting flowers in containers. I am lucky to live where the winters are mild and my container plants usually do well all winter (knock on wood!)
Buy locally grown plants if you can. Otherwise, support independently owned nurseries. I buy my plants from a shop that promotes organics.
When you get your plants home, water them. I have lost a lot of plants because I forgot this simple step. Nurseries take a lot of care to make sure their flowers look fresh and inviting – that might mean they were watered daily or even twice a day during hot weather. You’ll keep them looking good by giving them thorough waterings until they are planted.
Our garden is three years old this fall and just getting started. Our garden is a testament to our travels and experiences. A large number of our specimens are in containers. Containers have allowed us to maintain our collection across the country and "easily" move our plants from home to home. They have provided instant interest in a new space and allowed us to gradually claim a space as our own.
Containers can be quickly rearranged for a different impact, or moved to better intercept the changing light of the season. They are a sustainable way to create a new bed and you can easily see if a plant will do well under proposed conditions before actually sinking it into the ground. This is how you will find any young garden: in a constant state of growth and movement. The garden will never be "done." There is always a new vegetable that could use fertilizer or a plant needing a bigger pot. These essential activities give life and motion to an ever changing garden. Gardening connects us to the natural world and inspires imagination.
No matter what your experience in gardening everyone can grow grapes in their backyard successfully. Let your grape vine grow over an arbor or trellis as a sunshade or keep trimmed for smaller spaces. This is an excellent low cost way to add value, beauty and summer hade to your patio or deck. Growing grapes is a long term commitment. It can take several years before your vines are mature enough to grow grapes and longer for a bountiful harvest. Success begins by picking a sunny south facing location for your grape vines.
Gardening on your balcony is a great way to bring a little nature to your apartment lifestyle. There are several factors that a person should consider before they begin the adventure of gardening on their balcony.
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