Get The Dirt: Container Gardening

By Lynn Barber, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Agent, and Sonya Rose, Urban Horticulture/4H Program Coordinator, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County

Container gardens are very well-liked nowadays and an attractive option to in-floor plantings. Portability is a critical attribute for container gardening. Containers can be moved to a distinctive spot for sun, shade, h2o, security from temperature and seasonal improvements. If you area greater containers on wheeled plant stands, it is even a lot easier to move within your garage, lanai, entrance porch or indoors. Containers assist you command irrigation according to the needs of the crops and really encourage experimenting in which you can test a vast selection of plant supplies and managed climates.

Choosing the container alone is an essential conclusion. Porous containers, such as unglazed clay pots, terra cotta and wooden, dry out more rapidly than nonporous containers. Nonporous pots, like glazed, plastic and metal, retain moisture superior than porous pots, which can be a excellent or negative matter relying on your watering routines. Most crops die from around versus beneath-watering. Make absolutely sure there is a drainage hole in the base of the pot. If there is not just one, you can use Styrofoam packing peanuts in the base to elevate the plant roots previously mentioned the surplus humidity in the base. Making use of individuals ‘peanuts’ compared to soil will also make the pot lighter and less complicated to move.

Plastic containers can be fewer costly, lighter and less difficult to thoroughly clean than porous pots. A lot of plastic pots on the current market currently have been created to search like terra cotta, so they are more attractive than in the previous. Metal containers, like brass, copper or aluminum, usually deliver drainage holes in the bottom so the soil drains properly. Wire baskets are another container option and require a liner to keep the soil in position. Liners can be Sphagnum moss and coco-fiber.

The nine concepts of the Florida-Helpful Landscaping™ Plan hold as genuine for container planting as they do for landscape beds. A person of the best elements of container gardening is the versatility it gives. You can achieve Suitable Plant, Correct Put, the initial and foremost of the 9 concepts, with a container even when the ailments of your landscape do not match the plant’s requires. For instance, if a plant is acid-loving, but your soil pH is alkaline, a container could be an simple solution. Add a soil modification that acidifies the container soil, and you have the appropriate plant in the ideal place.

Identify sunshine-loving crops in the sunshine. If the soil is moist, do not water. Use sluggish-launch fertilizers that do not leach via the soil right after irrigation or rain. Right after suitable identification, deal with pests responsibly by making use of environmentally pleasant products and solutions and place address as necessary. Decide on plants that bring in wildlife so you can take pleasure in butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Take into consideration grouping several vegetation with the very same requirements alongside one another to make beautiful combos. These prerequisites contain light, h2o, soil texture and pH. Also, think about the experienced dimensions so you are not about or under-planting. Plants can be put together with an eye for colour techniques, contrasting textures and unique kinds. Be sure to think about proportions when generating plant combinations. Try to have at least one plant that is as tall as the container. You can group numerous containers together to generate a visual impression.

In Hillsborough County, we supply Container Gardening Microirrigation workshops. For additional information on container backyard garden types and vegetation for visual impacts, go to Talk to IFAS and lookup for Container Gardens. You can attain us at 813-744-5519 or take a look at us at 5339 County Rd. 579 in Seffner. Remember to minimize, reuse, recycle and repeat.