Gardening 101: Container Gardening

container-garden.jpgIn case you haven’t read this post by Debra Roby at blogher, I thought that I would share a little of it just to give you a taste of a great blog post on Container Gardening. This post is very thorough and you will learn a lot of great information that you really need to know when considering gardening in containers.

Here is what Debra had to say:

This weekend I planted a very special part of my garden: the pots of succulents that grace my front steps and the kitchen pot garden that I keep on my back deck. Why?

Container gardening gives you options that you might not otherwise have in gardening:

  • Plants that can be moved with the sun
  • Plants where you want them, whether there is dirt or not
  • Plants to experiment with
  • Plants even when you have very little space.
  • Plants replaceable for seasonal color.

From Gardening 101: Container Gardening

Debra has some really great ideas on how to make container gardening work for you. She tells you how to choose a pot and how to prepare the pot for the plants you choose to place within them.

One of her best tips is to pour WARM water into the soil mix to prepare it for planting. This enables the peat moss in the mix to absorb more water and not repel it. This will help the plants to get the water that they need. She also tells you how to prepare the bottom of the pots so that your containers will drain properly. This is imperative to the health of the plants as too much water can cause root rot.

Debra finishes her post with techniques to help you to get the watering down pat. Watering plants in containers is different and she gives us lots of suggestions on how to best accomplish the task. She lays out the information in an informative yet laid-back manner.

It is a very enjoyable read and I highly encourage you to visit her post on container gardening. When you do, come back here and tell me what you thought. What did you learn from her post and what do you still want to know?

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