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Make The Most Out Of Your Space With Organic Container Gardening

Jul 11, 2008
If you want to try your hand at growing your own organic flowers and vegetables but have no garden, don't worry. Many people grow organic products successfully using a container. You can keep the container wherever is convenient or move it around if you need to.

It only stands to reason that for any successful venture in organic container gardening, one would need organic soil. A regular, outdoor garden begins with the soil or dirt that you already have and then organic materials are added to increase nutrients. But you'll be ahead of the game if you start with organic soil to begin with.

Living, organic soil is very important in organic container gardening. If you are using a garden, you can gradually add organic matter to the existing soil but if you plan to use a container, you need to begin with organic soil. You need organic soil, capable of holding water without drenching the plants' roots too much because there is no subsoil in the container. Adding peat moss to the organic soil is a good way to do that. You can grow organic products in peat moss by itself without adding soil if you prefer.

Put your imagination to the test as just about anything that will hold soil and water can be used for organic container gardening. While some gardeners prefer to take the natural route and use pots made from clay or wood, you are really only limited by your own resourcefulness.

Another important component of a container garden is the soil. Living, organic soil is very important in organic container gardening. Choose a soil mix that contains sphagnum moss and peat. A good organic gardening practice is to feed the soil each season with nutrients (using compost) so that the soil can provide those nutrients to the roots of the crops being grown. The soil must be worked with at the start and end of each growing season to ensure an abundant output of healthy organic plants and flowers. You can buy special organic container mix at many garden centers, or you can make your own by amending dirt from your garden for container gardening; simply mix together one part garden soil, one part compost and one part sand.

Ideally, you should use organic seed and/or plants for organic container gardening. If this is your first venture into container gardening, try to choose drought resistant plants. Over watering and under watering are both bad for the plants. Over watering prevents the plants from creating deep root systems. Most container plantings tend to dry out quickly and will need very regular watering; during hot spells they may even need to be watered twice a day.
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