Container Gardening
Container Gardening

Gardening Requires Lots Of Water… Most Of It In The Form Of Perspiration!!!!

I want to thank the people who have made orders and or came to my greenhouse to get their vegetables and flowers.  So many are as anxious as I am to start planing and playing in their yards and gardens.  The nights are looking quite a bit warmer and more like spring weather and soon we should be able to plant with no worries.

I also wish to thank Ron who contacted Andrew at Lumby Valley Times with his wonderful suggestion for killing ants that are a problem around the home and garden.  The use of cornmeal in a plastic lid such as a yogurt or cottage cheese lid.  They cannot digest this but take it home to share with the colony and this will kill them.  Simple, inexpensive, safe and ecologically sound.  Thank you so much!

A wonderful lady that came shopping on Sunday started my thinking again to those who either are moving, have no garden space or live in apartments.  You too can grow a garden with the use of a variety of containers and the sky is the limit.  Anything that will hold soil or made to hold soil will do.  Let your creative self have its way!  You need not spend money on expensive pots when old kettles, chairs, drift wood, plastic pails and containers, old boots, bird cages, wooden boxes made from woods like cedar that will not rot away. Even old tires can be stacked and painted to make attractive planters.  The beauty of containers is that they can be moved to areas of more shade or sun as needed.  They can be artfully arranged on porches, balconies, stairs or throughout the yard.  Clear glass containers can be partially filled with coloured rock used in fish tanks before they are filled with a potting soil and a container that is 18 to 24 inches can hold 5 or  6 plants depending on their rooting and growth habits.  You can mix grasses, succulents, flowering plants or greenery playing with different textures and colour combinations.  You can also mix perennials with annuals and food plants with flowers.

It is best if a potting soil is used as it will contain a balanced mixture of vermiculite, peat moss, sand and other organic materials that will allow for good drainage and will be free of weeds.  You can also make this mixture yourself with the above mentioned ingredients.  Drainage is very important with container as root will rot and unhealthy plants will be a result of poor drainage.  Fertilizing too is an important aspect you can use a diluted  mixture of fish fertilizer and water (about a quarter of the recommended amount)  This can be used every other watering which depending on your container will be more frequent.  Porous containers such as clay or wood will need more frequent water.  More plants or faster growing plants with significant root systems will also need more frequent watering.  Do not allow your containers to dry out as it is extremely difficult to rehydrate  them and your plants will suffer.  Container gardening for this reason alone is a bit more time consuming but well worth the effort.

Almost all vegetables, herbs and flowers can be grown in pots.  If there is no way to ensure good drainage  be sure to put a couple of inches of small rocks in the bottom of the container. You can also make a water garden to grace your deck by lining a wooden barrel half with plastic.  Be sure to throw in a couple of gold fish as this will prevent mosquitos from invading your yard.  Remember to dead head flowering plants and water the soil not the leaves of the plant to prevent disease and keep a spray bottle of soapy water for  when you notice insects on your plants.  You can use interesting rocks, pieces of wood, figurines or glass bottles around the edges of the pot or among the plants.  Like I said they sky’s the limit when you container plant.

Happy Gardening!

Samantha Nason, BS Ranch & Greenhousessamanthanason@hotmail.com • 250 547 6567

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