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Contain Your Love for Texas Gardening
Pick a container, any container, and imagine it filled with vibrant color and texture. Take a look around the yard, the storage shed, the garage. See that empty planter box? That unused flowerpot? That wooden barrel? They’re all perfect for your new foray into container gardening.
Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that can be used for gardening. For those with limited space, container gardening is the answer to adding life to areas that are often overlooked. There’s no easier way to experiment with different greenery, flowers and color schemes than with plants grown in containers.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your new adventure. Remember: the container gardener is limited only by his or her imagination. Now ... go forth and plant!
Make sure there is enough room in the container for the plants and soil. Keep in mind the mature size of your plants and their growing habits. Upright plants need a wider base for balance, while plants that tend to sprawl will need a container deep enough for branches to drape over the sides.
Have drainage holes or gravel at the bottom of your container. If what you use doesn’t have drainage holes, plant in a plastic pot with holes smaller than the decorative pot, using the plastic pot as an insert.
Container plants need water every day, preferably in the early morning or early evening.
If heat is an issue, consider watering at both times. Water by hand rather than by sprinkler, if possible, to ensure your container plants get a good soaking.
Use a good soil growing medium, not garden soil. A mix with peat, perlite or vermiculite will retain moisture longer and will drain better. It will also be lighter and won’t compact as the season goes on.
Favor Drought-Tolerant Plants
Most container gardens require daily watering in hot weather. Even so, there will be times when your potted plants are going to be baking in the sun. Give your container a fighting chance by favoring plants that can handle the intensified heat and dry soil of a container garden.
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