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Crazy for Container Gardens
What’s not to love about container gardens? They’re so easy they could be the Dr. Seuss of gardens:
<em>They grow in the country,
</em><em>and they grow in town;
</em><em>you can be plant master
</em><em>or a gardening clown.</em>
<em>They’re good for flowers
</em><em>and they’re good for herbs;
</em><em>there’s room in your condo
</em><em>or your place in the ‘burbs.</em>
<em>Wherever you go
</em><em>and whatever you grow,
</em><em>a container garden’ll do.</em>
<em>Just remember the water,
</em><em>a dash of soil – and a little pot or two. </em>
And, it’s really that simple. Okay, okay – for those of you out there who can kill a plant just by looking at it, there are probably a few things you can do to hedge your bets, so to speak ...
<strong>Planters / Pots</strong>
Choosing the “right” <a title="Outdoor Planters" href="http://www.atgstores.com/planters_969.html" target="_blank">outdoor planter</a> or <a title="Decorative Planters" href="http://www.atgstores.com/decorative-planters_830.html" target="_blank">decorative planter</a> is all about size and style. Be sure to note the ideal potting size when buying your plants. Once you have that info in hand then you can have fun picking a style that suits your fancy.
Water is probably the trickiest part. Be careful not to overwater, but keep in mind that outdoor plants may need a little extra on hot or windy days.
Potting soil is a little different than plain ‘ol dirt, but the good thing is you can just buy it by the bag. Look for soils that advertise good aeration and drainage, which usually comes from a mix of peat, mulch, perlite and/or sand.
Newbies, you may want to choose hardy plants unless you intend to keep them indoors. We’ve discussed <a title="Perks of Having a Tough Wallflower" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/perks-of-having-a-tough-wallflower/" target="_blank">the most indestructible houseplants</a> in another blog if you’d like to read it, but succulents (cacti), spider plants and bamboo rate pretty high on the list.
We hope these tips help get you started on your very own container garden.