Why should you plant patio plants in the first place? You want to be outside, enjoying your garden and spending time outdoors. It’s a great way to extend the length of your patio or garden and to make a cozy area for relaxation and enjoyment. Whether you are thinking about container gardening for a special corner or you really want an open air garden, here are some ways that container gardening can benefit you.
There are several benefits of container gardening. When you are outside, you can enjoy the fresh air all day long, but in the shade, you can enjoy container plants in the daytime. You can open up your patio area when the sun is shinning bright and you can enjoy the flowers, greenery, and the plants as the sun moves over them. This means you get more of the fruits and vegetables, while enjoying the convenience of being outside.
You may not be able to bring yourself to plant a full sun vegetable garden, because you don’t like the idea of them getting all the sunlight they need. However, there are other plants that will do well if you are willing to give them the space they need. For example, spinach, broccoli, and squash plants that will do well in partial shade, as long as you don’t put them in the kitchen window. If you have a balcony, a partially shaded area would be great for your plants.
You can purchase a pot, plant it in a potting soil mix, and put those plants in the window or beside a window to grow. Of course, some container gardening is done inside the house, and you can use hanging baskets and other containers. However, if you use a hanging container, you may want to use the top of the box or container to hang your umbrella, so you can get some of the morning rays in your home. You can add artificial lightening in the evening as well, if you like.
When you buy a container for your plants, you should inspect it carefully to see if there are any defects. A good container should be sturdy, have drainage holes at the bottom, and a good root system. Check the height of the container and if it is too short, the plant might not get the support it needs to grow. If it is too tall, it might not reach the ground in time, and it won’t be as healthy. The same goes for the size of the container.
If your plants are going to be inside all day, then you might want to consider an indoor container. It is more comfortable than patio lights, and it offers more control over the temperature inside your home. Some indoor plants even come with lights included, but there are some plants that are better without them. Check to make sure the lights are out of the way when you aren’t using them. You don’t want them catching fire due to overheating. Remember, your patio will also need full sun if you plan to use them for dining outdoors.
If your patio plants are going to be placed outside, you need to be more careful. Since they won’t always receive full sun, they may have to be supplemented with artificial lights at night. You can find all kinds of lights designed specifically for the outdoors. These lights are generally warmer than traditional patio lights, and they will provide more light during the hours that your patio is not in use. If you are going to use these lights, make sure you place them so they are at least four to five feet away from your patio plants.
Full sun plants need light in the evening, too. If you put them on a patio that is attached to your home, they will not have direct light. The light from that patio will be reflected into the glass on the patio door, which will cause the light to escape when it reaches your patio plants. You can still get a nice indirect light, though, by putting several short-wave fluorescent lights in an arrangement such as hanging baskets. You should place the lights a few feet away from the plant pots, but not directly over them.