Why are Bunnings garden pots the preferred choice for container gardeners and small-time farmers? There are several answers to that question but the most important one is that Bunnings are affordable and, above all, easy to use. Small plants can quickly thrive in a large pot and they are also easier to maintain. Just throw away a dirt ball in the pot and remove the plant a few weeks later. What’s more, if you have any problems with your gardening skills it is easy to learn how to fix it with some basic help from your local garden centre.
The biggest advantage of using a Bunnings pot is that it allows you to grow small species of plants in large numbers. On a standard potting bench or soil bed your might only be able to grow a handful of different plants. But in a container garden you can easily grow a nice assortment of herbs, vegetables, flowers and herbs all on the same spot. This makes container gardening far more fun than traditional agriculture, which has tended to produce a limited amount of a selected variety of produce.
Bunnings also tend to be very economical to purchase. While large pots can set you back by a fair amount, it is possible to find some that are only a couple of hundred dollars. In addition, soil from smaller pots can often be bought at a fraction of the cost of soil from the garden centre. If you live in an area where soil prices are particularly low, it is worth making the effort to buy your soil at larger stores. Even if soil from large pots is more expensive, it will pay off in the long term by ensuring that your garden grows to a healthy stage.
Another advantage of using large pots is that you can use different types of soil for each plant. If you are growing a Mediterranean garden you will need to add plenty of sand to your pot as this provides protection against the hot sun and bad drainage. Likewise, if you are growing plants that don’t need that protection then you may consider a pot with a layer of clay. By using various kinds of soils you will be able to mix and match plants and flowers without worrying about which potting medium they will grow in.
Bunnings garden pots come in a range of shapes and sizes. While rectangular pots are probably the most popular, circular pots work well too. Ideally you should try and get a pot that has a side that is half-way round as this means the soil level is likely to be lower than it would be in a square pot.
If you are not confident in your gardening skills, it is worth considering buying a bonsai pot. These are essentially small version of traditional ‘boulder’ pots, allowing you to grow small trees in small containers. Due to the nature of bonsai plants, the soil must be extremely acidic and as such you need to make sure that the potting soil acidity levels are well balanced before you plant your tree. Once the soil is suitable, plant your tree.
For those of you who are not really that keen on the idea of bonsai plants but still want to grow plants in containers then there are other options available. Hammocks can provide a good base for small plants, and while these can be expensive they are very easy to assemble and therefore a cheap option. Alternatively, you could consider building a raised garden bed. This can be accomplished fairly easily by using wooden planks as your garden beds, providing an attractive base for your plants to root into. Just remember to keep the plant watered during the winter months.
If you have decided that you would like to try growing plants in large containers, then consider one of the many garden pots that are available. There is a wide range of colours available, so whatever colour you choose you can rest assured that it will look fantastic. Make sure that you also get some good quality soil because this is what the plants will rely on for nutrients. Plus, your plants will be healthier because they will be growing in a controlled environment.