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Three Manageable Ideas for Successful Basket or Pot Gardening

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If pot gardening is something that you think you’d enjoy, then this article is for you.  Below are some methods for setting up a great hanging basket or pot this summertime.  When getting started with pot gardening, the foremost thing to keep in mind is to make use of a synthetic dirt constructed mainly of peat moss.  Superior dirt like Fafard or Pro-Mix use porous pebbles, peat, along with substances to make a dirt that won’t compact in the summer time.

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Genuine soil compacts and becomes cement beneath the force of normal sprinkling.  So when it does, flower roots cease developing simply because they need great open areas to maneuver into and soak up nutritional requirements.  Hard, compressed garden soil does not grow superior plants and flowers so avoid using genuine dirt with your pots.  I re-use my manufactured planting medium from year upon year.  I dispose of it from the container. Break it down using a spade to chop up all previous season’s plant’s roots and put roughly 10 percent by volume of garden compost. The rich compost boosts oxygen areas and provides plants and flowers an increase in healthy and balanced nourishment.

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Give food to your plants and flowers every week.  Nitrogen, the power plant of plant development, is water disolveable so when you water your pots through the top the contained nitrogen is departing through the bottom part.   I make use of a fish-emulsion fluid feed with seaweed to deliver each of the trace nutrients my crops will need and advocate it highly.  You can utilize any liquid fertilizer (like Miracle Grow or Shultz) to enhance development.  Compost tea is the Ferrari of liquid fertilizer and if one makes your very own compost tea, your plant life will answer with larger and far better flowers in addition to improved vigor.

Don’t get too hung up about the type or color of the pots when you are pot gardening.  I like to do my pot gardening with pots that either my friends give me, or I find laying around.  I don’t always feel that I have to go out and buy brand new pots all the time, and neither should you.  Pot gardening is one of those activities that allows you to freely experiment.  A bunch of you have told me how much you like the terra-cotta pots for your pot gardening efforts.  If money is an issue (and when isn’t it?), then the regular, good old, terra-cotta pots are just the answer.  They are light, easy to use, they do the job well, and they do not cost a fortune.

If you are going to do a lot of pot gardening, please consider using Todd’s Seeds for your pot garden.  Here is a link to our offerings for VEGETABLE SEEDS and FLOWER SEEDS.

And lastly, regardless of dimensions of the pot, you will need to saturate it all the best way to the base each and every watering.  Carry on watering until finally water comes out through the container base.  This assures the plant’s roots can get to every part in the pot and mature correctly.

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Comments and questions are always welcome!

Todd J. Snively

Todd's Seeds was born in 2009. We originally sold different types of speciality grass seeds, such as putting green (bentgrass) seeds. We quickly evolved into vegetable seeds, then flower seeds and finally sprouting seeds. Our goal has always been to provide the finest seeds available.

4 thoughts on “Three Manageable Ideas for Successful Basket or Pot Gardening

  1. Hi, I just received the organic Roma tomato and organic California Wonder Pepper seeds I ordered from you. I intend to plant them in pots on my patio that I used a couple of years back. Can I use the synthetic dirt that’s sitting in them? If so, do I need to treat it with anything?

  2. Most synthetic soils have all kinds of organic and non-organic matter. I’ve seen it with vermiculite, sand, pumice, etc. It’s perfectly fine to use, and retains the water, yet still allows for excellent drainage.

    If I were you, I would maybe add some lime so that you can offset and acidity that maybe present form the peat that is probably in the soil. In addition to peat you’re probably going to also find some manure, wood and plant leftovers and sphagnum moss. All really good stuff for the dirt.


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