Growing Plants in Containers

A Beginner's Guide To Container Plants

Some people are lucky enough to have gardens with acres of fresh soil in which they can plant all the flowers, plants, shrubs, and even herbs they like. However, this is not the case for all of us. Many people have smaller, more modest spaces, and they are limited on how much they can plant into the ground.

Does this mean that they have to give up on their idea of having a garden full of flowers and plants? Well, the good news is that no, it doesn't. This is where container plants can really help them.

But what are container plants, and why are they such a good idea?

What are container plants?

The idea of container plants is to use a container for your plants and flowers rather than plant them directly into the soil in the ground. These containers can come in all shapes and sizes, and it really depends on the space you have and what you want to grow. 

Some plants are happy enough in smaller plants with minimal space, while some will need more extensive, raised garden beds to grow in.

What things do I need to know?

One of the most important things that you need to know about container plants is that they will need drainage. The wrong drainage can cause your plants to die. You need to make sure that the holes at the bottom of the containers you choose are big enough as this stops the soil from getting too wet and, in turn, the roots rotting. 

You also need to make sure that you think about the amount of sun that your containers will get. It is easy to believe that they will get all the sun that they need because they are in the garden, but this just isn't the case, which means that you need to take the time to check out the light that hits them and see whether it is enough.

Another thing that you need to think about is feeding your plants. Most potting soil won't have the proper nutrients for your plants, which means that you will need to add them yourself. It is a good idea to use a slow-releasing fertiliser in your soil as this will help your plants over a long time and really help them to last. 

One thing that you need to think about is which plants are going to go together. You can't just put any old plant in the ground and hope for the best. You need to take the time to learn what plants are good neighbours and then plant them together—that way, you are giving them all the best chance of flourishing. 

No matter what type of container garden you create, one thing is for sure. Having plenty of gorgeous plants in your outdoor space is one way to ensure that you get out in the fresh air and enjoy it! 

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