Having an outside garden can be a little overwhelming and when we do not all have the room; this is where container gardening comes into play. When you begin this project, your first container is most likely going to be a simple flower in a pot, possibly. Once you have gotten into your first project, you can get a little riskier and put a few more plants together. Once you get your hands dirty, you will want to find out all about container gardening.

Choosing Pots and Containers

When starting a container garden, one of your first tasks is to choose your pots or containers. You can choose any number of a variety of containers; like buckets, cans or simple flower pots. When you pick wood containers for your garden; it is best not to use chemically treated wood and realize that this material will deteriorate over the years. Whatever the type of container you decide on; it is essential that there be holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain. Another important aspect when choosing your container is the fact that dark colors can retain too much heat for your plants to thrive; therefore you should try to use light colors. Choosing the right size for your containers is also important, and this will depend on what you’re planting. You want to be sure to give your plants, herbs or flowers enough room.

Regardless of your age, or your current health condition, container gardening can still work for you. Anyone that has done regular gardening is aware that quite a bit of effort must be exerted in regard to the initial planting including digging and shoveling. Elderly or handicapped people will find it virtually impossible to do regular gardening. Container gardening gives you the ability to move your garden where you want it to be and not be bound by the location of the garden itself. People with limited mobility can still participate in container gardening for this reason. This enables people to enjoy the benefits and pleasures of gardening who would otherwise be deprived of this.

What to Grow

People that try container gardening soon realize there are many different approaches that can be taken. Most container gardens contain multiple containers or pots for each type of plant which is grown. Compatibility, by doing this, is no longer an issue. However, it can be nice to have large containers that have several types of plants, vegetables or flowers. Anyone using multiple types of plants in a large container, obviously, we’ll have to tend with compatibility issues once again. You wouldn’t, for example, want to plant a cactus next to a plant that requires a great deal of water. Another issue to be concerned with is planting two different types of plants together, one of which double will grow and take up the other’s space.

The advantages of container gardening are many, and you are able to successfully plant and grow just about anything you would like. One great benefit to this type of gardening is that you can place any particular plant in the place that it will thrive in. Hopefully we have helped give you a basic idea of the fundamentals of container gardening and you will be able to put your garden in and reap the rewards in every way.