Container Gardening Tips For Beginners

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flowers there are a variety of reasons that
people may want to consider container gardening the biggest of those is to
garden in a smaller space you could put a taller plant in the center of the pot
and arrange flowers of varying heights around that to be viewed from all sides
I’m going to arrange this pot with the tallest plant in the back to be viewed
just from the front and from there I’m going to add some plants of varying
sizes around the container and they’re of contrasting color you could also do
monochromatic color arrangements and we’ll also want to start with some
plants that will cascade over the front of the pot if you have rootbound plants
you’ll want to break up the roots a little bit before you set the plants
into your pot then we’ll want to fill in with plenty of soil around each of the
individual plants once we finish filling in we’ll want to water those plants well
so that they’ll begin to take up water and nutrients another activity that you
can include especially with kids is decorating the pots you can get very
artistic by painting designs on the pots and if you’re looking for an inexpensive
container you might consider planting things in a cardboard box and include a
plastic liner for the University of Wyoming extension this has been Donna
Quinn from the ground up many gardeners may think they don’t have
enough room for a garden but I’m going to share a few tips with you on how to
have a successful container garden in a small space so some things to keep in
mind err to make sure that you’re using high quality soil make sure you have
adequate drainage and to match the container to the plant type that you’ll
be using so in a small container be best to use a potting soil type mixture in a
larger container you may be able to use some garden soil mixed with compost or
topsoil mix if you’re watering them by hand it will be easy to get the soil to
wet so having drainage on the bottom is going to be very important another thing
to consider is that these containers will likely dry out more quickly in the
summer even with regular watering so keep them adequately watered in addition
it’s important to match the type of plant to the container you’ll be using
so for plants like raspberries or some of your root vegetables or even corn
that have very large roots you want to use a deeper larger container for some
of the things like spinach or lettuce or your greens that have very small and
shallow roots it’s okay to use some of the shallower containers for the
University of Wyoming extension I’m Kaitlin Young Quist and you’re watching
from the ground up you all of us who are gardeners when we were
younger may have garden with our grandmothers who always told us to put
rocks or clay pot shards in the bottom of the pot to improve drainage but
research has actually shown that if you have a shallow container or a shallow
soil profile you actually get less drainage we have three different types
of pots the bulb pot the Azalea pot and then the standard pot these three
sponges are all filled with water – the same amount we leave this one shallow
like this narrower pot it’ll hold all of the water in it but if I tip this sponge
on its side to mimic the profile of the Azalea pot you begin to get drainage
because the capillaries are longer and gravitational pull will actually be
greater on it so it will drain more water out by having a longer soil
profile and if we tip the sponge on its side the long way to mimic the standard
pot which has a longer soil profile there’s more gravitational pull on that
water in this sponge and again you will begin to see more water drain out of
this soil profile so if we leave gravel out of the pots we actually have a
longer soil profile which allows gravitational pull to work on the water
in the soil and you actually get better drainage by filling the pot entirely
with soil rather than having something in the bottom of the pot this is Donna
Hoffman for the University of Wyoming extension and you’re watching from the
ground up you we all have the temptation to buy new
containers each year for our garden season but if you have containers left
over from previous seasons or containers that you had used out in the garden last
year you can scrub them up and clean them so that they’re sanitized and
sterile to use for the coming growing season you’ll want to clean out any
plant material that you have maybe put that in the compost pile and any soil
that remains in your container you’d want to put that out in your garden or
also into your compost pile since you are working with chlorine bleach you
want to be careful not to get the chlorine onto your clothes you probably
don’t want to expose your skin to that so you probably want to wear rubber
gloves roll up your sleeves and maybe wear a protective apron so what you’d
want to do is start with a 9 parts water to the one part chlorine bleach solution
and the chlorine bleach will kill off any bacteria or fungus that might be
living in the container might have been exposed to it or any disease organisms
that might have started in the previous garden season all you need to do is
really dunk your pot into the solution and make sure it gets a good coating of
the chlorine bleach solution do a good job of scrubbing any existing soil out
of the pot if you have a smaller pot you can do this just in your kitchen sink or
in a dish pan but if you have a larger container you may need a larger bucket
and you may need more chlorine bleach solution to scrub that in once you’ve
got your pot clean you can set it out to dry and you’ll be ready to go for the
garden season to come for the University of Wyoming extension this has been Donna
Quinn from the ground up you cool right click the link in the
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