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Patio Gardening in Containers

News | 11th Aug 2012

Do you wish you could experience the joys of gardening, but you’re short on space?  If that sounds like you, why not consider container gardening on your patio, deck or balcony?  Container gardening allows you to make use of the space you have, no matter how small, to create a beautiful mini-garden full of plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs.  By following these simple tips, you can create your own patio garden oasis.

Types of containers for your patio garden

One of the most important considerations for your patio garden is what types of containers you will use.  Containers come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, colors and textures.  They come in any size from very large to very small, and are made with an array of different materials.  Consider how much time you want to spend in your garden, the theme or style of the space, and how large you’d like your patio garden to be.

Wood, terracotta, plastic, fiberglass, resin, metal and glazed ceramic containers are all excellent choices for your patio garden.  Concrete and stone planters can be a good choice for decks that are at ground-level and experience windy conditions, as they are less likely to topple over.  Self-watering planters are great for the patio gardener short on time.  They can be a bit more expensive than other containers, but are worth the cost for those hard-to-reach plants or those that require extensive watering.

Choosing the size of your containers

The size of the containers will depend on the type of plant you are growing and the location where it will be placed.  Be sure to choose a container that is large enough to hold a growing plant and will fit in the space you’d like that plant to go.

Five gallon containers work great for vegetables, while one and two gallon containers are great for herbs and lettuces.  Ornamental flowers and plants will do well in any size container, just be sure to choose one that is slightly larger than the nursery pot the plant came in.

Growing vegetables and herbs in containers

You can grow just about any vegetable in your patio garden, but consider the overall size when choosing just which vegetables to grow.  Vining plants may be problematic unless you have a lot of vertical space where they can grow.  Adding a trellis or other support to the container will help contain the vining plant.

Some great choices for vegetable container gardening include tomatoes, peppers, leaf lettuce, squash, green onions, beans, mini-carrots and radishes.

Herbs are especially well-suited to container gardening.  Most herbs require 4 to 6 hours of sunlight a day, so be sure to position them on your patio where they will meet this requirement.

Great herbs to grow on your patio include oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley, lemon grass, cilantro, thyme, and mint.

Growing flowers and plants in containers

Flowers and plants are a perfect addition to a container garden.  They add a nice touch of color and can sweetly perfume the air.  Annuals – or plants that only last one season – will add the biggest punch of color to your patio.  Great annual choices are begonias, petunias, caladiums and impatiens.

As you can see, creating a beautiful garden for you patio is easy with the use of containers.  By following the suggestions above, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your patio garden oasis!




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