Your Container Garden Is Easy – With A Little Planning!

Your Container Garden Is Easy - With A Little Planning!
by Tom Johnson

The first thing you need to decide when planning a container garden is whether you’d prefer to grow your plants indoors or outdoors. A lot of people think container gardening is only for indoor growing and patios, but containers can actually be useful for any garden situation.

Containers are great for growing almost any type of plant, because they offer great versatility. If you plant your garden in containers and you need to move it later, it’s easy to do it. Not so if you have a traditional garden!

Your traditional garden has to endure any bad weather that occurs. If you grow in containers they can be moved to a safer location away from the weather when necessary.

Also your potted garden can be moved around to take advantage of the best growing conditions for your plants. That’s not possible once your plants are in the ground and you find that the position you picked is either too shady or sunny.

If you choose to have your container garden outdoors, you need to be sure to choose a good location for it. You’ll want to choose a place that has the proper amount of sun for the plants you wish to grow, but it also needs to be a place that’s very accessible. It’s easy to lose motivation to work on your garden if it’s several hundred yards away from the house!

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Pollution from road traffic is to be avoided as much as possible by planting your garden as far away from the street as possible. This will reduce the amount of contamination to your plants and in turn reduce the effects of pollution on your family when they eat some of your produce.

If you decide on an indoor garden, you’ll need to select a part of the house that’s reasonably warm for your plants to thrive. This becomes even more important if you use air conditioning in your home, find the warmest place you can for your pot plants.

Many plants won’t do well in very chilly homes, so you might need to choose a room for your plants and keep the vent closed in that room so it stays warmer there. If you can, choose a sunny room with a lot of natural sunlight.

If you’re trying to grow some exotic varieties of plants you’ll find they often need either high or low humidity. This will require you to purchase specific equipment that deals with humidity levels, so you need to take this into consideration.

Having said that, you should choose varieties of edible plants that you can’t readily get at your local store at cheap prices. When selecting the plants you want to grow, it’s better to pick a few of the harder to get ones than trying to grow too many varieties… this just leads to frustration and disappointment.

Stick to growing fruits and vegetables that you really enjoy and have a hard time locating locally, or those you find too expensive or too low quality. Tomatoes are a favorite for home gardeners, because their quality in stores if often very poor.

A final consideration is if you would like your container garden to be organic. Indoors it’s fairly easy to do, but outdoors, in an uncontrolled environment, it can be harder to control pests. All you have to do is take some time to learn the best organic methods for your garden and you’ll be really happy with the results.

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