A little over a year ago I made a resolution to try out more container gardening. And I made good on this resolution. Proof: see photo above.
It was an eye-opening year for sure. Filled with surprises and failures. While container gardening for one year has not made me an expert by any means, I did learn a few things that I thought I would share in this container gardening series.
In an ideal situation, potting mix (which actually doesn’t contain soil) is probably your best bet for container gardening. Potting mix is comprised of things like peat moss, bark, and perlite. It’s lightweight and retains moisture. This is important to provide air for the roots and keep in moisture because pots dry out much quicker than the ground.
You may also need to look into a good fertilizer with potting mix, although be sure to research the mix you are using because it may have fertilizer added in already. Because of this I am sure to look for an organic potting mix because I don’t want any unwanted chemicals sneaking in there.
Like I said, using potting mix is an ideal situation, but it can also be a pricey situation. What I usually do before the start of the spring planting season is dump the soil from my old pots in a wheelbarrow, add a good amount of new compost and a few handfuls of an organic all-purpose fertilizer and mix it all up. I almost feel like I am making soil stew when I do this. Then I add this freshly stirred up mix back into the pots.
This helps freshen up the soil, provides some air circulation, and adds nutrients that have most likely been diminished from the season before. Plus it stretches my soil a little more especially because I tend to add more and more pots every year. I’ve had good luck with this method, but again if you want to do it up right an organic potting mix is the way to go.
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