Monday, 10 February 2014

Container gardens can be grown even in the tiniest of places. For container gardens to be successful, it’s essential that container gardening systems be put into place. With the systems in place, these container gardens can be grown on patios, small balconies, veranda's, window sill's and most anywhere else outdoors. The market for container gardening is estimated at $1.4 billion annually and is growing at twice the rate of conventional gardening. The best part about container gardens is their mobility. You can just hang some baskets and voila, the garden is ready.

The container gardening systems are made up of the following:
Water Systems
Water is essential for plants to grow. The soil in containers loses the moisture content very fast. Therefore, you should water your plants frequently, especially in hotter climates. Rainwater flowing from the rooftops can also be collected in underground tanks that can be used for watering the plants, washing and other purposes. (This is especially helpful for dry and arid areas).
It can be difficult for some people to water their container gardens on a daily basis. To help them get out of this situation, there are many self-watering container gardening kits, which are available in the market. This way, you don’t have to ask your friends and relatives to take care of the plants.
They are priced at $50 and above. The pots have a recessed reservoir of water and a self-timer, which can be set according to the needs of the plants. You can set the timer and the roots would dip into the water for the stipulated time. After which the reservoir would close. This reduces the risk of over watering your plants.
Soil Bio Activation Activities
Fertilizing the plants is an essential element of the container gardening systems. As the plants have to be watered frequently, it leads to the leeching of the nutrients away from the soil, thus the soil needs to be replenished. Nutrients will also keep the pH balance of the soil. Mix slow releasing fertilizer mix pellets into the soil. Follow the instructions on the box. Normally gardeners would add one-quarter strength water-soluble fertilizers in water before sprinkling the plants.
Almost all fruits and vegetables can be grown in container gardens. Container gardening green beans is very popular. Other popular vegetables are squashes, tomatoes, cucumbers and many herbs and fruits. All plants need good soil to grow. You can create your own soil by adding compost and fertilizers to it. Or you can buy the soil from hardware and garden store. Drainage of water in containers is equally important. Sand should be mixed with soil to allow the water to seep through. Excess water in the plants will lead to water logging and the death of the plants. Mix compost and other food products to the soil. This is organic fertilizer for the plants. Introduce earthworms and creatures, which turn the soil inside out. This is helpful for your container gardens.
A healthy container garden attracts the bees, insects and birds that will kill the pests and insects, that destroy the plants in the container garden. In this way, nature will control the bad insects such as aphids and mites. This means that you wouldn't have to use as many pesticides to care for your container garden.
Waste Recycling
Don’t throw away the waste. If you have the space, say a small area on the balcony, you can convert it into a compost pit. Compost pits can even be made in wooden boxes. Of course having a small patch of land is the best. However, compost pits in wooden boxes work as well. Gather all the waste material such as plant clippings, fallen leaves, kitchen waste and food scraps. Water this mixture and keep it covered. Soon the heat inside this mixture will become more than 100 degrees. Soon the mixture will start decomposing. Water this mixture regularly to keep it moist. After 45 – 60 days, the mixture will turn into compost.
Compost is organic fertilizer, which can be used to fertilize the soil of your container garden. Compost is also a great way of recycling the waste, which otherwise would go to a garbage dump. In this way your container garden serves many purposes. By using container gardening systems, you have also recycled the waste!


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