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Learn How to Plan the Best Container Gardens for your backyard

container gardensContainer gardens are an excellent way to brighten up every corner of your yard or patio and are ideal for anyone living in a unit. You are able to grow anything from flowers to vegetables to fruit trees if you have the right container and position.

It is also possible to have a window box container garden. It is important to remember that the plants are only getting the nutrients from the soil in the container, so it is vital that you feed them good quality fertilizer to achieve a good result. If you use a slow release fertilizer try to add some fish emulsion ever few weeks to give your plants a boost along.

Watering

It is essential to water plants in container gardens as the container dry out quickly. Mulching with good quality mulch is also a way to keep the container moist.

Containers

There is a large selection of container that area able to be used for your container gardens. Many nursery outlets and hardware store have a good supply of all size of containers. However it’s not always necessary to purchase expensive pots to have a successful container garden.

Recycling any old container that you may have lying around to give a different look to your garden. An old wheelbarrow is an excellent item to fill with good quality soil and can be planted with either vegetables or flowers, depending on your preference. An old bath is also a very good container to use.

Be sure to have a layer of rocks in the bottom to allow drainage for your plants. If you are very enterprising, you may also make your own containers from concrete. Not all container have to be on the ground. Hanging pots work well for certain type of plants.

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The right size

It is important when establishing container gardens that you use the right size container for the plants that you wish to grow. Overcrowding of a container will result in plants fighting for room to grow and to obtain their share of the sun and water. Light weight pots are necessary for some plants as you may wish to reposition them elsewhere if they look to be struggling to survive.

Flowers

By mixing a variety of flower plants when establishing container gardens you will produce a riot of colour. If you like flowers, then plants like petunias, violas and geraniums are all excellent types to use in container gardens

Vegetables

It is also possible to grow vegetables very successfully in Containers. Tomatoes are always an easy variety to have in your container gardens. A mixture of lettuce plants in a small container will give you a good supply for summer salads. By using container gardens for your vegetable plantings you lower the risk of poor drainage, pests and disease.

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Succulents:

If you are a fan of succulents, try growing them in old besser blocks. They don’t require a lot of water and you can mix a few different varieties in one pot.

Fruit Trees:

Whether you have a small yard or just a patio or balcony, fruit trees are able to be grown in pots. There is a number of varieties of dwarf fruit trees on the market that will suit any position.

Always ask for helpful tips from your local nursery or any of your friends who are keen gardeners. If you do that you are guaranteed to have established some very successful container gardens.

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