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Try container gardening – it’s easy

Try container gardening – it’s easy

Once you have a list of plants you’d like to grow, then create a map (hand drawn) of your deck or patio, and purchase the pots, containers, soils and seeds necessary.

On the Sunshine Coast, there is always lots of discussion around small farms and large garden plots, but what can all those people do that would enjoy something smaller. You might live in a condo or simply not have the time and energy for a big garden. Have no fear, the container garden recipe is here.
Even the smallest space can be transformed into a lush space including beautiful flowers, vegetables, and an assortment of herbs. Whatever space limitations you have, you can design a container garden that will thrive
Remember that with container gardening all you need to be a successful container gardener is willingness to experiment, a tolerance for the unexpected and a love of playing in the dirt.
The first tip is to use a really good potting soil not a garden soil, because the potting soil is lighter and it allows the plants to breathe.
If you don’t have a whole lot of space for plants, but you do have a balcony or a patio, do not fear, you can attach baskets and small containers to the railing and it is out of the way and easy to install.
If you don’t have the climate for tropical colorful plants you can use basic colors, like the potato vines, fountain grass or an annual or perennial flower.
With containers you can mix and match all types of plants and you can change them around anytime you want without an extensive amount of digging, clearing and water.
Start the process by making a list of all the types of plants you would like to grow. No need to be specific, but good to know if you’d like vegetables, herbs, flowers, etc. One you have a list, then create a map (hand drawn) of your deck or patio, and purchase the pots, containers and soils necessary. The staff at any local plant store should be able to give you a few good options to choose from.
Containers can also be built at home if you are handy with tools. There are inexpensive plastic pots and more expensive ceramic ones. It’s good to match your pot colours and add a wooden flower box to accent.
Now it’s time to start planting. Flowers, grasses, and other plants could be enough to give your patio a great summery feeling, but if you want to take it to the next level, start looking at the vegetables.
There are many vegetables that will grow well in pots. All kinds of Tomatoes do well, but grape and cherry tomatoes are easy growing. Don’t forget to put up a trellis because they love to climb. Bell and chilli peppers are also good container contenders. Peppers can be picky when starting out, so plant seedlings instead of seeds.
Growing your own salad greens can be one of the most rewarding vegetables. Any kind of lettuce will grow in pots and you can seed them directly in the pot. Imagine stepping out your door with a pair of scissors and quickly snipping fresh greens into a bowl for your evening’s salad.
Radishes are another winner in pots. French Breakfast, White Icicle, and Short Cherry Bell are three varieties to try. Plant 1 to 2 inches apart, and thin as they grow. Green onions are very easy to grow and look pretty even.
Get a bit exotic and try growing some Swiss chard. Simply seed it directly in your container and trim leaves as needed. It’ll continue to produce for months but note that it’s tastiest when it’s young.
Another good container plant is the cucumber. It’s great to add some crunch to summer salads and sandwiches. It’s very quick to germinate and quick to grow, but they need sturdy support posts or a trellis so the plants have somewhere to climb.
Finally, try planting green beans. They are one of the easiest plants to grow and you can put your kids in charge. The youngsters will enjoy picking and eating them right off the vine.
Gardening is wonderful for relieving stress and creating beautiful scenery in anyone’s porch or patio. Don’t forget to try growing rosemary, thyme, sage and even basil. If your containers are close to ground level, watch out for slugs, they love to gobble up the basil.

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