Container gardening proves to be an inventive way to use small spaces as gardens. Especially in urban centers where space available is limited, growing fruits, vegetables and decorative plants in garden pots can be the most amazing solution to gardeners. A great solution it may be, but plants can be damaged due to busy and hectic schedules of urban people. Here in this post, we will give you some tips on maintaining a container garden so you can keep them blooming and cheerful even on the hottest days and busiest schedules.
The heat of a city can be damaging to the most heat-loving plants. So regularly watering them and keeping them under shade is the best you can do on hot days. Following are the three basic problems that you may have to encounter while planting plants in garden pots.
Fertilizing Your Container Gardens
Your plants will be as good as the soil you plant them in. Keep your containers plants well fertilized to ensure that they get maximum benefits and nutrients out of the soil. You pay for what you get so always buy a premium potting mix when planting in pots that are specially made for the plants growing in them.
There are some varieties of flowers that are forever blooming but just in case you find them dying in your planters you should cut them off. Replace them with other varieties; in other words keep your garden regularly pruned. Cleaning away all the dead flowers, roots and weed will make your garden healthier so other plants can grow in their places.
For a better full-looking garden, plant your plants close together.
Keeping Pests under Control
Pests will find and attack your plants whether you are in an urban or rural setting. So keeping your plants regularly watered and fertilized can help them in combating against pests. Make it a habit to look closely under leaves and stems to be sure that there are no signs of insects or their eggs.
Preventive measures against pests are better than anything so cover the soil or place barriers around your plants so mice and squirrels can be kept at bay. Your plants may be very dear to you but if they are not recovering from some disease or pest attack, take a practical approach and cut them off before they start damaging other plants.
Self Watering Reservoirs
Self watering reservoirs – make sure that your plants are sufficiently watered without over watering or under watering them.