Many people take up container gardening as a solution for their small apartments. In attempt to make their home a green heaven, sometimes they go over board. If you think there’s nothing that can go wrong with gardens in pots, you are wrong. Here are some of the mistakes you should try to evade:
Don’t Fill Your Containers in the Wrong Place:
People often forget that when they fill an empty container it gets heavy. It’s hard to move even from one room to another if it’s too large. It doesn’t matter if you have an indoor or outdoor garden, you need to think before you put the potting mix in the container. Bring it to the place where you plan to arrange your potted plants. This will save you time and energy, and will spare your back.
Don’t Drown the Poor Plants
Another problem with container bound plants is overwatering. To avoid this, you need to make sure your pots have proper drainage holes. If you don’t want to drown your container greens, find out how much moisture they require. When you decide to water your foliage, check the soil. Do this by sticking your finger in the dirt up to your second knuckle. If the soil feels dry to the touch, it’s watering time.
Signs of over-watering are yellow leaves and soft, squishy stems. If you want to save your dying plant, move it to a dry spot with good air circulation. This will allow the soil to dry and give the poor thing time to shake off the stress from over-watering.
Don’t Let your Greens Dry Out
Sometimes people do the opposite of overwatering. They often under-water their plants because they fear they might drown them. As a result, the greens start to wither and the tips of the leaves turn brown and crispy. Proper watering is important for the over all health of your container bound foliage, especially during the hot summer days. When you water them, you should give them a good soaking. Not just a sip of water, but damp the soil. Any excess liquids will leave the container through the drainage holes.
Pick the Right Container Size
You’ve probably seen plants that are too big for their pot or too small that they can get lost in the container. This is another container gardening mistake to evade. Find and buy the right container size for your greens. If it’s too big , the green won’t be able to absorb all the nutrients and water it needs. On the other hand, if it’s too small, there won’t be enough space for the roots and the plant might feel suffocated.
Don’t Buy Sick Plants
Don’t buy plants that show signs of some disease or look too dull and sick. Go to local nurseries because they only sell healthy plants. You can recognize them by the fresh green leaves, lean stems and clean roots. They are always disease and pest free and you can be sure that they’ve been taken good care of. Nurseries also provide a lot of useful information and care guides.
Don’t Fear Pruning
Many people are scared to use the special pruning shears to trim their container gardens. Just like the plants grown outside, the ones in pots also need pruning. There is nothing scary and it’s not that difficult once you get the hang of it. If you feel that you might damage your greens, you can ask qualified gardeners around your area for help.
Neighbours from Hell
The people next door can fuss about your potted garden. It may be on your balcony or your patio but they can still see it. If your plants grow too big, they might block your neighbour’s view or even go in their balcony. As a result, they might try to damage or kill your greens. Make sure you keep your container garden clean and tidy and away from the folks next door.
Don’t Starve Greens
Your indoor garden needs feeding too. The potting soil lack a lot of the nutrients and minerals compared to the regular garden soil. That’s why your greens need to be fed from time to time. You can use a fertilizer or make your own compost. Keep in mind that flowering plants have different needs compared to herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Keep Pests Away
Don’t think that just because your garden is in containers it won’t get attacked by tiny pest armies. Aphids, mites, beetles, they all munch on your greens. It doesn’t matter if you grow potatoes or peonies. The bugs don’t care. All they want is food and once they settle it’s hard to get rid of them. You can make your own chemical free insecticide and eliminate all pests.