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Making your outdoor garden

Making your outdoor garden

Container gardens provide the special touch that brings life to your exteriors. They can be used in any type of exteriors from apartment terraces to patios and areas where not much space is available. The containers can be suspended from the ceiling or simply placed on the ground near the door or on either side of the walkway to your door. They add a very warm touch to your entry area and are a welcoming sight to visitors. The following factors should be considered when planning an outdoor container garden:

1.    Selecting an appropriate container


Several types of containers are available today. Ready-made containers can be purchased or you can fashionyour own container from old buckets and water recipients.Clay pots can also be used as well as plastic pots and ceramic ones. However, it has been observed that porous pots like clay and wood deteriorate fast when exposed to dire weather condition. Non-porous containers, on the other hand, can be used outdoors during harsh winter conditions.

2.    Drainage


It is important to note that plants do not thrive in a container that retains water. The water inhibits the proper growth of the root of the plant. So, it is advisable to punch a few holes at the bottom of the container to drain the excess water. These are especially applied to plastic or ceramic pots which are made of hard materials. Porous materials have the characteristics of evacuating the water rapidly.

3.    The size of the container


The dimensions of your container as well as its weight will depend on the probability of you moving it due to numerous reasons. Harsh weather conditions might prompt you to move your containers indoors. A bulky container which weighs more is difficult to move around if needed. However, small containers require more daily maintenance as less water is trapped by the plants’ roots in the soil and thus they require watering more frequently. A larger container, on the other hand, will retain more water while providing the much needed space for plants to thrive.

4.    Amount of light


The amount of light you choose for your plant is crucial for its growth. Therefore, you will need to select the ideal location to place your container. This can be tried by observing carefully how the plant responds to too much or too little sunlight and thus being able to determine the right amount of sunlight required for it. The quantity of sun rays that shine on your plants will vary according to the seasons.

5.    Types of plants


For decorative purposes, flowers are usually chosen to adorn the entryway. It is however advised to choose carefully based on local weather conditions that will allow the plants to thrive successfully. Moreover, some people also choose to grow vegetables and fruits in their container gardens. While providing a lovely sight to behold, they can also serve to help your own subsistence.

Container gardens are fast becoming popular as a lot of people nowadays are on the move most of the time and do not have the luxury of entertaining a whole garden area.

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