HAVE A SMALL GARDEN?

18th, 2012
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If you have a small garden and dont have any more space for any more plants, container gardening would be an ideal way to cheer up your garden with different plants.

Selecting the right pot
Anything that holds water and soil can be used as a container. Traditionally, gardeners have used terra cotta or plastic pots, plastic or metal hanging baskets, and clay, plastic or wooden window boxes and planters. Creative choices such as old iron tubs, tin pails, watering cans, tires, wheelbarrows and wagons also make great containers and conversation pieces. Remember that all containers need to drain, so drill or pierce drainage holes through the bottom of unusual items. Also, consider the container’s weight, especially if it will be a hanging window box or basket. Is it too heavy for a balcony? Will you be able to move it? If a container is in a windy location, low and heavy pots and planters work well.
Although terra cotta and other porous materials are popular, they draw water away from soil and can crack in freezing weather. Large selections of lightweight plastic are available at nurseries and garden centers.
Selecting the compost

Most nurseries are selling the turkish compost in bags. I dont recommend those to be honest because they are very acidic and drainage is not very good in those.When you water your plants ,the water drains so quickly and the compost dries again.The more water you put in the more vitamins your plants loose… So what should be done? There are better composts for sale.Which are mostly German brand. PH and water holding capacity is just perfect for pot plants. So your plants can live happily ever after… Thats what we are using in our nursery for our pots and what i use at home.
Selecting the plants
Now for the fun part—plant selection. Here are a few guidelines to remember
-Before anything else, envision what you want your finished garden to look like.
-Vary plant heights, shapes and texture of added interest. Try a tall, spiky flower in the back of a container; a medium height, rounded flower in the middle; and a low, trailing plant in front. A range of heights ensures that a tall plant won’t overwhelm a shorter one.
-Flowers aren’t always in bloom, so pay attention to leaves as well. Contrasting shapes, sizes, textures and colors look beautiful when flowers aren’t in bloom.
-Choose a color palette. A monochromatic color scheme can be stunning, such as different shades of purples. A combination of varying colors also works well, but avoid clashing shades. Try using a deep shade of one color with a pale shade of another.
-Plants in the same container should have the same sunlight and watering needs.
-If you choose a plant for its scent, be sure the container will be located where it can be enjoyed.
-Stick to annuals. Perennials have a short bloom time, which make them less than ideal for containers.
-Herbs, ornamental grasses and ivy are good choices for greenery.
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