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Conatiner gardens

April Showers bring May flowers and so as we cast our minds
to Spring and gardening. Some of us don’t have the room to have a big garden,
but a container garden may work. Here are some tips for discovering the art of
container gardening:

1.     Choose the right container: When
selecting a container, consider the size, material, and shape that will work
best for the plant you want to grow. Make sure the container has drainage holes
to prevent waterlogged soil.

2.     Select the right soil: Use a
well-draining potting mix that is specifically designed for containers. Avoid
using soil from your garden, as it can compact and prevent proper drainage.

3.     Choose the right plant: Select plants
that are well-suited for container gardening. Look for plants that have a
compact or dwarf growth habit and don’t grow too large for the container.

4.     Water correctly: Overwatering is a
common mistake in container gardening. Water your plants when the top inch of
soil feels dry to the touch, and avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent
fungal diseases.

5.     Provide proper drainage: Make sure
your container has drainage holes to prevent water from collecting in the soil.
You can also add a layer of small rocks or broken pottery at the bottom of the
container to improve drainage.

6.     Use mulch: Mulch helps retain
moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Use a thin layer of
organic mulch like bark chips, straw, or pine needles around the base of your
plants.

7.     Fertilize: Feed your plants regularly
with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. You can also add a slow-release
fertilizer to the soil at planting time.

8.     Prune and train: Prune your plants to
maintain their shape and encourage healthy growth. Train climbing plants like
ivy or clematis up a trellis or obelisk.

9.     Monitor temperature and light: Check
the plant tag or research the ideal temperature and light requirements for your
plants. Move containers to different locations as needed to provide the right
conditions.

10. Enjoy your harvest: Container
gardening is a great way to grow herbs, vegetables, and fruit. Enjoy the fruits
of your labor and share your bounty with friends and family.

By following these tips, you can create beautiful and
productive container gardens that add charm and interest to your outdoor space.
Happy container gardening!

Originally Published on https://boomersnotsenior.blogspot.com/

I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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