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Plan Your Container Garden For All Seasons!

May 10, 2008
Don't feel embarassed if you believe that container gardening is only for indoor plants, I did too! It's not until you're informed that you can grow your container plants almost anywhere, that you'll realize how much sense it makes to be able to plan your container garden to go wherever it's best for you... and your plants of course!

Containers are great for growing almost any type of plant, because they offer great versatility. If you plant your garden in containers and you need to move it later, it's easy to do it. Not so if you have a traditional garden!

Your traditional garden has to endure any bad weather that occurs. If you grow in containers they can be moved to a safer location away from the weather when necessary.

If you find your plants aren't doing well because the space you chose is too sunny or too shady, there isn't much you can do with a traditional garden, but you can easily move potted plants to a better location.

If you choose to have your container garden outdoors, you need to be sure to choose a good location for it. You'll want to choose a place that has the proper amount of sun for the plants you wish to grow, but it also needs to be a place that's very accessible. It's easy to lose motivation to work on your garden if it's several hundred yards away from the house!

Pollution from road traffic is to be avoided as much as possible by planting your garden as far away from the street as possible. This will reduce the amount of contamination to your plants and in turn reduce the effects of pollution on your family when they eat some of your produce.

If you have your plants indoors, you'll need to be sure to select a very good spot. Most plants need to be fairly warm, so you'll need to choose the warmest spot in your house if you use air conditioning.

If your home tends to be on the cool side, try and find a room where you can close off any vents or drafts and keep it a little warmer. A room filled with natural sunlight is usually better for them.

Try to avoid some of the more delicate or exotic plants, unless that's what you want, because they will often require high or low humidity. This means investing in special humidity equipment that can raise or lower the amount of moisture in the air to suit the plants.

Next, you'll need to choose which plants you want to grow. Be careful! Too many people choose to plant far too many varieties, and end up frustrated. Don't grow anything you can easily pick up cheaply at the grocery store!

As an example, tomatoes are often of poor quality or expensive in the stores, so they're a great plant to grow yourself. So the rule of thumb is, if it's expensive, hard to get or low quality, try growing it at home in a container.

In a controlled indoor environment, you can quite easily grow your plants organically if you wish. Outdoors isn't so simple, organic gardening is a little more challenging, but still worthwhile. You need to do some extra research on pest control in your outdoor garden, so if growing organically is important to you, be prepared to put in some effort to learn how it's done.
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