Container Gardening

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Container Gardening

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Sub Irrigated Planters (SIP's)

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Good Container!

  • Container gardens allow you to garden anywhere…rooftop | Indoor | Wall |Ceiling … etc
  • Container gardens are great for garden accessibility for kids, folks in wheelchairs… everyone
  • Container gardens are critical if for safety if your soil is toxic
  • Container gardens can make your desk the coolest in the office
  • Container gardens are an awesome centerpiece
  • Container gardens make it easy to change the arrangement or design of your garden
Container Gardening

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Container Gardening How-to

Getting Started

Do: Pick your container just about any container can be used for holding plants

Do: if possible ensure there is a way for extra water to drain out of your container and a try to catch the water because watering from the bottom is best if plants are sitting in water, many of them may drown, start with a SIP.

DO: position large and medium containers where you want them before putting drainage material, soil and plants in them. Because you don’t want to have to move a full container! Will you be growing in the shade or the sun?

Do: fill the bottom layer or ¼ of the container with drainage material, such as chunks of Styrofoam, gravel or upside plant trays. Because it will give a place for extra water and air flow to keep your plants happy and on the ground in high winds

Do:  Fill the container with potting soil, mix in a handful of compost for every 4lbs of potting mix (about the weight of a gallon of milk), because this will give the plants what they need to grow!

Do:  pick your plants, consider the plant to pot ratio, often you want a plant that will grow as tall as the container, look for plants that will give you thrill spill and fill because it will create a nice balance.  Learn more

Do: Plant your plants! Make sure they have room to get 3-5 times bigger. Give their roots a tickle and lots of water! Because they need a good start

Do: Spread 2-3 inches of mulch. Because mulching will keep your garden moist, block weeds, and improve your soil.

Make it bloom

Do: ensure there is enough water!  Newly planted containers should be watered daily for the first week. The morning is the best time to water. Established planters need water on very hot days, three times a week or daily, or once a week .  Because with air flowing and heat reflecting off the ground containers will dry out quickly.   Start with a SIP to take some of the stress out of all this and find what conditions your plants will thrive in

Do: Weed. Pull out unwanted sprouting. Because they will take the resources your plants need and make you garden ugly. If you have lots of weeds, pull them all out then add more mulch

Do: Deadhead, or remove dead flowers, because this will promote more flowering and make your plants look great

Do: occasionally give your plants nutrients, because potting soil has very few of the vitamins and minerals plants need. It’s very easy to over fertilize. Learn about compost.

Do: Trim back or prune dead or overgrown plants. Because it will help your plants flourish

Do:  Monitor for sick or bug infested plants. Because it could spread!

Do: Enjoy!

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Do: be creative about the containers you use, because plants spilling out of shoes, an old instrument or recycled materials will look amazing and will inspire others to start gardening

What plants should I use?

Getting Started

Decide if you’ll be growing food, flowers, indoor, outdoor, rooftop, wall, or hanging planters.

Think about how much time you would like to give to your container garden.  Stay tuned, we’re working on content about low maintenance containers for bi weekly attention, mid level containers for weekly attention and high maintenance container plants

Make a quick sketch of what you’d like your container to look like, using color can be a big help

Professionals think...

Thrill, Fill and Spill

Thrill is the feature plant it is often the tallest and may be in the middle of the planter
Fill are the plants that compliment to feature plant and fill the planter
Spill are vines or hanging plants that cascade over the edges of the planter out of the planter

Also remember

Color: There are many paths to great color in you container, You can contrast colors purples and yellows are nice together, as is light with dark. Combining plants with similar colors can also produce great results

Asymmetry: Plants in groups of three or five are more interesting to the eye
Location Make sure the location of the container is well suited to the amount of sun your plants need
Plants that like full sun need six hours of sun a day

Angle: think about the from which people will see the container, if no one is going to see it the back put the tallest plant in the back, if the planter will be visible on all sides put the tallest plant in the middle with the smaller plants all around

Size: How big will your plants be? Make sure they have lots of room to expand

Containers to Avoid

Wooden containers painted with toxic substances

Medal containers that will rust

Heat absorbing dark container that can dry out quickly

Containers that don’t have a water chamber, or drainage

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