Container Gardening – The Solution for Urban Spaces
Nothing compares to the freshness of the vegetables grown in your backyard. Not even the store-bought organic veggies that have travelled miles to get to the store and same goes for the fresh flowers from your own garden (without the chemical fragrance). Growing your own edible or flower garden can be a very satisfying feeling. Not to forget the health benefits that come along with growing your own vegetables and being in the garden.
Well, some of you might be thinking, we don’t have a garden space to grow. With the gardening options available nowadays, that is not an issue. Container gardening is perfect for people who don’t have square footage in their urban homes. If you get sun and have a small patio, you have everything you need for your garden.
In fact, even if you have your own garden space and don’t want to go through the digging and maintaining the huge space, container gardening can be a savior.
Benefits of container gardening:
1.) Perfect for small spaces like patios, terraces.
2.) No need to dig the ground or the hassle of weeding.
3.) Easily movable in case of change of weather or just aesthetics.
4.) Can be even done on walls. (Vertical gardening).
Let’s look at a few steps to help you start your own garden.
1.) Choose the planter: If you are a novice gardener, you don’t need to overwhelm yourself with lot of plants at once. Start small, like a few herbs that you use every day. Most herbs are easy to grow and are used most often in our everyday cooking or salads or smoothies/juices etc.
Watex has a perfect mini planter for that purpose.
The Pixel Countertop garden is a small portable garden for your herby needs and can be placed in the kitchen or anywhere you like. So, no need to worry about space.
If you are a pro gardener and want to add to your planter arsenal, you can check out other space friendly and perfect for urban garden planters from Watex.
2.) Soil: With container gardening, you have to be thoughtful about the quality of soil, that you use. Always use lightweight high nutrient potting soil and not garden soil. The potting soil has nutrients that are meant for the plants in the container and garden soil will not be as helpful. Don’t fill the container to the brim with soil as it needs some space on top for water.
3.) Watering: If your plants get full sun, you need to check your plants every day for their watering needs. Watch out for soil getting dry. If you see the soil is cracking from the sides, it means your plants need water. But, you need to be careful not overwater as well. Start slowly by learning how much water your plants need, keeping in mind the environment and the plant needs.
4.) Fertilization: You soil needs nourishment almost every six months. Other than the sun and water, once you plant your plants, you can add fertilizer in the plants. Rather than buying chemical induced fertilizers, you can add your homemade organic fertilizers from the things you use every day in your kitchen.
5.) Insects and bugs: There is a benefit with container gardening. If you feel your plant is infected or is getting eaten by bugs, you can stop it right there in the beginning in the first pot you caught it at and contain the problem before it spreads to other pots and plants. You can find out homemade organic pesticides which are not harmful to your or your plants. Know what goes in your food. You don’t want to eat chemicals. Rather than spending money on buying chemicals for your plants, check out the list for homemade pesticides that take care of most your plant issues.
With so many gardening options to eat healthy and grow your own food, you don’t have to worry about space or location.