If you’ve never tried container gardening, then I’d highly recommend it. Container gardening can be a great way to have a lot of vegetables or flowers all year round. The variety that you will be growing is endless, and you don’t need a large yard to start. In fact, some varieties like the Boston cream pie can actually grow well in containers! There are a few things that you should know about container planting that I’ll discuss in this article.
The first thing that you need to keep in mind when it comes to container gardening is that the planting depth needs to be deeper than the depth of the pot or container itself. So, if you’re planting a tomato into a two inch deep pot, that’s just fine – but if you’re planting a chocolate orange into a one inch deep pot, that’s too deep. Remember, the deeper you plant your plants, the bigger the chance that they will become a problem and block your view of sunlight.
Some other types of containers that work well for container gardening are clay and terracotta, although you’ll probably want to avoid terracotta if you’re going with this method. Terracotta tends to rot and can even become toxic to animals if it gets too much water. Other good choices include peat pots, stainless steel, cast iron, and even earthenware pots. One of the best post ever made, by far, was a terracotta pot that I received as a shower gift from my mother.
You should also have some kind of drainage hole in place on your container. Most plants like to have their roots able to wiggle around a bit so that water can get to them. Look for pots with holes on the bottom, so that your plants can have access to water all the way up to the level of the pot, or to the soil.
The biggest thing to think about when you’re choosing pots for container gardening is the planting depth. You need to make sure that your plants can get enough air into their roots. Many people try to plant things too deep, or they plant shallow, both of which can lead to problems. 12 inch pots are generally a good starting point, unless you’re having some kind of issues with root development.
Most of the larger varieties like Heronias and Asterias prefer a planting depth of four to five feet, which is generally where most gardeners start out. Other varieties like Ficus and Junipers do well in deeper soil, sometimes up to six feet. As long as you know the plants you’re planting and the conditions in your area, you should be fine. Just remember that as long as you’re planting vegetables, your soil should have good drainage. Also, if you have a sandy environment, then you might want to go with a sand box pot instead of a clay one, because they keep the soil nice and moist for longer.
There are some other things to consider as well. Like with most other types of pots, if you’re not an expert, you may find it difficult to tell the difference between varieties like Java Fern and Spider plant, which tend to do well in the same environment. Also, there are some plants that don’t do well in containers, and this includes such vegetables as Radishes and Beets, among others. So before you go out and buy just any type of container garden, try to learn more about the plants that will grow well in them.
These are just some things to think about when it comes to planting depth. As long as you know your climate and the type of soil that you have, you should have no trouble. Just be sure to look at pictures of different types of terracotta pots and choose a pot that is going to work well for your area. This way you won’t end up with a pot that looks odd in your yard. Just be sure to remember how much planting depth you need to have in your container garden and you’ll be all right.