Spring Gardening: Top Tips For Container Gardens

For many of us, spring makes us eager to get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine, fresh air and chirping birds by digging in our gardens. Container gardening is a great way to capture the joys of spring planting in a compact space. Even the smallest patio, terrace or yard can be brightened up with an oasis of greenery and brilliant flowers growing in pots, tubs and other containers. Here’s how:

Drain, drain go away
Good drainage is essential for healthy plant growth. If your container doesn’t already have drainage holes, drill some and cover with a layer of stones in the container bottom.

Raise them up
Avoid standing containers directly on grass or soil. Use a drip tray, or raise containers on bricks and upside down pots. It looks dramatic, aids drainage, improves air circulation and discourages pests from entering the soil.

Mulch matters
Use a good potting mixture with added peat to retain moisture. A layer of decorative mulch on the top of the soil adds a finishing touch and cuts down on water evaporation.

Keep plants mobile
Put your plants on wheels by mounting castors to pieces of wood and setting the containers on top. Now even the heaviest containers can be easily moved around to rearrange your garden.

Water regularly
Don’t forget to water regularly so your pots don’t dry out. Also, feed plants during the growing season with a good plant food.

Make it look lush
Pack your plants in closely together so your containers look gorgeous right from the start.

Don’t forget foliage
As pretty as flowers are, make them look even better by balancing them with at least one-third greenery and foliage plants in your container.

Handy herb garden
Keep fresh herbs within easy reach by planting them in pots near your kitchen door or out on a condo balcony.

Trail off in the back
For a softer, more natural look, plant some trailing plants midway back of your planter instead of all along the edge.

Gardening in Canada
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