In this post, we give you the lowdown on container gardening that may actually debunk those very thoughts you have that a garden in a container sounds cheesy and seems a little amateurish.
Promise in a pot?
Containers can be in the form of plastic containers, pots, even a recycled pipe; they provide the ultimate garden accessories because they are colourful, changeable and portable. Especially if you are afraid of starting big with literal garden space, potted gardens are perfect for allowing you to test the water and experiment with new plants and combinations.
Finding the ideal pot
Finding that ideal pot is almost as much fun as filling it because the best containers do more than just their job of being a home for your plants, they fit your home and garden style.
While any container that holds soil can be used for your plants, it certainly pays to do a little planning on which plants you intend to grow and the environment you are placing your container in as this will affect the type of container to choose. As always, as price does not correlate to the quality of a container, it is worth doing some research on them especially since a good understanding of the material your pot is made of offers you ways of getting the most out of them.
An important aspect of your pot that you have to ensure it has is a drainage hole or a means of releasing excess water – this is crucial for your plant’s survival. You have to create holes at the bottom if your container does not have any: drill one or more small holes using a masonry bit to pierce clay/concrete, a step bit for metal or a spade bit for plastic/wood.
Food in a pot
Yes, even if you do not have a garden, you can grow your own food in a pot. As vegetables, herbs and fruits can differ in terms of the soil conditions they need and the amount of sunlight, it is important to research on them first. Some of the best vegetables, herbs and fruits to grow for small spaces include kale, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, endive, garlic, leeks, lavender, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, pea, peppers, chilli, okra, onions, spinach, sweet corn, tomatoes, chives, dandelions, rocket, rhubarb, tarragon, lemon grass, parsley, sage, coriander, fennel, Chinese gooseberry, melons, plums, figs and more.
Hydrate, but do not drown your plants!
Consistent, routine watering is vital for your plants’ health and survival, especially since they are confined in a container and their roots cannot seek out moisture because of that. In hot and humid Asian weather, it is advisable to water your containers twice a day but it is also important to make sure you do not ‘drown’ your plants.
To check if your container garden needs watering, poke your finger into the soil up to your second knuckle and see if the soil feels dry. If it is, it is time to water!
PS: Ikea can help you with your own little kitchen planters too. Check out this little tutorial on how to use Ikea pieces to create your own kitchen, complete with a mini kitchen garden.