When starting a home garden it’s important to begin with using containers for your plants to start their process from seedling to full-blown plant. Containers are like temporary living homes for your plants. Sort of like living in an apartment while you save to buy a house. There are crucial steps to know when planting in containers.
When you plant in a container you have the ability to regulate and maintain its growth. Not every area has the most nutrient rich soil. Insects and critters can have a detrimental impact on plants. You may not even have the room to plant outdoors. It is your job as a gardener in collaboration with the choice of plant container to ensure the microorganisms, soil, nutrients, water, oxygen, temperature all meet your plants ideal conditions.
There are a variety of containers to give your a plant a good start and a healthy place to grow. Clay pots are natural containers that dry out quickly because they are porous. Wood pots are excellent at water retention but they have a potential to rot. Fiberglass and resin pots are lightweight and cold weather-resistant, however they are known to tip over more easily. Plastic and glazed pots dry out slower and are easier to acquire. Grow bags are breathable and regulate temperature better.
You can opt for pots or grow bags to plant your seeds. The main reason people go for pots over grow bags is because of their look and style. Pots are seemingly more attractive. However, grow bags are better for your plants growth process. You can get grow bags in jute burlap material for a more rustic and attractive appearance. Grow bags being more breathable allow for the roots of the plant to naturally prune. It also allows for the regulation of temperature especially in warm weather because the heat does not become trapped the way it would in a pot. You may have to water more often using a grow bag, but there is less potentiality for them to drown or develop fungus or mold. Opt for a grow bag with a drainage hole.
Grow bags with liners are beneficial because you won’t have to worry about sterilization. If you plan to grow in a pot, clean with vinegar or an alternative disinfectant before adding soil. Be absolutely certain there are drainage holes at the bottom of your grow bag or pot. Select a larger container so you will not have to keep repotting once your seed has sprouted. Fill the container almost to the top of container. Leave about ½ inch of room for water. Be sure to water your plant until water flows from the drainage hole. Do not allow your plant to sit in the water. You can accomplish this by placing on a sturdy surface such as bricks, wood or concrete. Change the soil once per year to ensure good health and longevity.
Whether you are a novice or seasoned grower, gardening in containers is a worthwhile experience. You will find more flexibility and versatility in the choice of plants you want to grow and the seasons you want to grow them. Use these guidelines as a way to ensure your garden thrives each and every year!