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Container gardening one of the best way to create the garden at urban area

Container gardening one of the best way to create the garden at urban area

Container gardening is a fantastic way to grow vegetables, especially when you lack yard space! If you have a small gardening area or only have access to a patio, balcony, driveway, or rooftop, consider trying your hand at gardening in pots. The beauty of container gardening is that you can reuse old containers around your home for your garden, so it’s budget and environmentally friendly. Container gardening is also great because it benefits urban birds! 

Pots, tubs, and half barrels overflowing with flowers add appeal to any garden, but container gardening can serve a practical purpose too. Container gardening is ideal for those with little or no garden space.

In addition to growing flowers, gardeners limited to a balcony, small yard, or only a patch of sun on their driveway can produce a wide variety of vegetable crops in containers. Basil, chives, thyme, and other herbs also are quite happy growing in pots, which can be set in a convenient spot right outside the kitchen door. Want to have more control over growing conditions and fewer weeds? Container gardening is a great way to maximize your gardening space and streamline your gardening tasks.   

The beauty of a container garden is that it can be placed almost anywhere. Even if it’s only one or two pots on the side of your driveway or in the corner of your balcony, gardening in containers allows you to maximize all of your available space.

It's also important to decide what plant you want to grow in each container. Several factors help determine how large and deep the container must be. Consider the size and shape of a plant's root system; whether it is a perennial, annual, or shrub; and how rapidly it grows. Root bound plants, which have filled up every square inch of the soil available, dry out rapidly and won't grow well. Choose a large pot or tub for a mixed planting, one that will offer enough root space for all the plants you want to grow. Light-colored containers keep the soil cooler than dark containers.    

Having a color theme for your container garden can help you select a good mix of plants. If you are planting a mixed container, ignore spacing requirements and plant densely; you will need to prune plants once they fill in. You can play off the color of your container, or focus on the flowers and foliage of the plants you plan to include. When combining plants in your containers, make sure they all have the same light and water requirements.  

Before filling your container, you can place a broken piece of clay pot or use one layer of gravels over the drainage hole to prevent potting mix from spilling out. Make sure water can still drain out, though. Never add a layer of rocks to the bottom because this actually makes it harder for water to drain out, rather than helping. 

Since containers are focal points in the garden, you will probably want to give them special attention to keep them looking their best. Remove tattered leaves and deadhead spent flowers. Prune back plants that get leggy or stop blooming. To keep mixed pots attractive, dig out or cut back any plants that don't grow well or that clash. You can add something else or let other plants in the container fill the space. Keep an eye out for pests like aphids and mites.

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