BEAUTIFY YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE WITH CONTAINERS – by Jocelyn Weatherspoon

BEAUTIFY YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE WITH CONTAINERS – by Jocelyn Weatherspoon

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BEAUTIFY YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE WITH CONTAINERS

Containers can be planted with flowers, herbs or an attractive mixture. Before you plant, check nursery descriptions to find the height and width of mature plants.

Almost all vegetables can be grown in containers. Medium-sized containers are best planted with dwarf varieties of vegetables, while larger containers can be placed against trellises or supports and planted with tall or climbing varieties to make maximum use of space.

Some herbs can be grown in hanging baskets, but you must prepare the basket well and choose the site to hang it care-fully.

Hanging baskets do not like full sun all day, or high winds

As herbs grow quickly they can become root-bound and dry out. The herb must also be picked regularly to stop it from straggling.

Containers of any type will probably need watering every day during the summer.

If possible, water in the morning, and water thoroughly until excess liquid flows out the bottom. If the container is resting on a saucer, let excess water remain in the saucer for 10 minutes and then empty it.

Advantages to growing in containers

  • Pots can be moved to locations that are more desirable when weather dictates: into the shade when it’s too hot and into the sun as the season progresses and sunny areas become overshadowed by trees or shrubs.
  • Using containers and a plant stand gives you more space for more variety.
  • Vertical gardening using a plant stand lets you garden standing instead of stooping.
  • Containers keep invasive garden plants and weeds at a distance.

THE MOST IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT IS ITS SUNLIGHT

Full Sun-Plant — at least 6 hours a day.

Part Sun-Plant – about 4 hours or dappled sun all day long.

Shade-Plant –  full shade all day long, or dappled sun for about 4 hours.

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