Container Gardens for Small Spaces

Many people live in the city, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of life yet find themselves yearning to grow a small garden for fresh herbs, some vegetables or even some flowers to help brighten the  mood around the house, or add to your cooking. Even with the cramped lifestyles many people find themselves in, you can still exercise your green thumb by growing several container gardens.

Container gardens are just that, gardens grown in containers such as pots, coffee pots, vases, glass jars, kettles, baskets and planters. No matter what type of container you have, you can easily grow yourself a miniature garden, even in a tiny teacup!

When you get started, you want to pick out plants firstly so you can figure out what size containers you will need. Almost any plant can be grown in a container garden, and even larger plants can be turned almost miniature in a smaller pot (such as tomatoes). After you have your plants and containers, you can decide on the location of your garden, such as a windowsill above the kitchen sink, in the bedroom or even on your front patio. Depending on the light requirement for your plants, you want to make sure you provide them with plenty of sunshine, or a mixture of both so choose a spot dependent on their needs.

As you begin planting your container gardens, try mixing different plants together in the same container so you can achieve a small cascading effect that will add beauty to your garden. Vegetables for example, can me mixed with herbs, bedding plants and vines. Some plants are even beneficiary to each other; all you have to do is make sure they have the same water and sunlight requirement so they can grow perfectly together.

A container garden is a project that can be both fun and fulfilling. You can add a decorative aspect to your home, as well as add a little bit of nature, warmth, calm and serenity. Plant some seeds or some adult plants and watch as your garden provides your home with delicious vegetables, herbs or a spot of color.

Start an Indoor Herb Garden

An indoor herb garden is the most economical method to obtain fresh herbs for all of your culinary needs. If you have purchased packaged herbs in your local grocery store, you probably noticed that not only are they expensive, but they are not that fresh. Herbs are low maintenance plants and simply require proper moisture and light. One suggestion is that your potted herbs be placed in a tray containing small pebbles and about an inch of water. As the water evaporates, it provides the plant with moisture. Herbs also appreciate being misted on a regular basis with water.

Your indoor herb garden takes up very little space and can be placed on any window ledge with a bit of depth. The best window ledge should be one that has southern exposure for the best results. If you notice that your plants have long stems or that leaves are falling off for no particular reason, this means they are not receiving enough sunlight and you may need to supplement with full spectrum grow lights. You may find that it is better to pot each plant separately so that you can move it around in your home to find the best location for that particular plant.

Herbs are plants that live all year round, but may die off in the winter time due to harsh weather conditions. An indoor herb garden ensures that the plants will survive any change in the weather and will thrive indoors. You can place your herbs outside in the summer months when the weather is hot to give them a boost of sunlight, but be diligent about keeping them watered or they may wither.

Healthy herb plants will grow quite well, and another important part of maintenance is pruning, or harvesting. You should trim excess leaves and stems from your herb plants as often as is necessary. The side benefit of regular pruning is having fresh herbs constantly available.

Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening is a fun, rewarding hobby! It does require a good amount of attention, and an ample amount of sunlight. One must be careful to not create a mess in the house from the potting soil or materials used. In order to grow indoors one must first decide which method they will use to grow the plants. There are three different types; aeroponics, hydroponics or the standard method of growing with potting soil.

Growing without soil is achieved using either aeroponics or hydroponics, each of them using a system which transfers solution directly to the roots. The aeroponics method works by continuously spraying the roots with a nutrient solution that allows the roots to constantly absorb the required nutrients soil would provide. The hydroponics method works in a similar fashion, as it works by a stream of nutrient solution that provides a medium for soil that is completely liquid. The solution for both systems must be high in nutrients and have all the required parts to drain and apply the nutrient solution. While these methods seem to be a better alternative than using potting soil, it requires more work and money to use and maintain.

The standard method, using potting soil is most commonly used by people today. When growing indoors, one must remember to water the plant correctly and ensure the plant receives enough sunlight. While some plants may be grown indoors through the use of standard lights, or even grow lights. If the electricity bill is of concern, the plant should be placed beside a window that receives sunlight for the greater part of the day; in some cases the plant may need to be placed outdoors for it to receive the correct amount of sunlight and returned indoors when the sun has gone down. In addition to light and water, the plant must be placed in an open area that provides plenty of ventilation. A plant may easily suffocate and die when being grown indoors due to the plants natural growing environment providing ample ventilation and nutrients.

Greenhouse Gardening at Home

There are many benefits to greenhouse gardening at your home, especially in the current economy. One thing that should be mentioned first is that home greenhouses come in a wide variety of types, styles, and sizes. You will be able to find one that fits your budget and your needs, even if the only space you have available is a small corner of your apartment.

The first benefit of this method of gardening is that growing your own plants can save you a lot of money. Whether you decide to grow vegetables or other types of plants, you can realize a savings. Growing your own plants means you will not need to purchase them from a store. Another benefit is that you have control over how the plants are grown. You will know exactly what chemicals, if any, have been used on the plants.

You will have healthier plants, and better tasting fruits and vegetables. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables you can harvest them when they are fully ripe and at their peak of flavor. You will have the ability to decorate your home with beautiful live plants all year long. You can even choose which plants that you grow. If you love the look, scent, or taste of an exotic plant, flower, fruit, or vegetable you can grow your own. Even if the plant that is normally hard to locate in your area of the country you can have a supply of the plant at all times.

Greenhouse gardening is very similar to regular gardening, but there are some key differences. One of the main differences is keeping the correct temperature when the weather is cool, and ensuring that the plants are getting the required amount of CO2. If you are new to greenhouse gardening, you should do some research before purchasing your greenhouse. You will be able to learn how to operate a greenhouse and how to choose the proper greenhouse that will suit your needs.

Upside Down Tomato Planters

Upside down tomato planters are an interesting an innovative way to grow tomatoes. Like all products, these planters have their advantages and disadvantages.

Hanging planters are an excellent option for any gardener with limited garden space or in living in a restricted environment, such as an apartment for example.¬† Unfortunately most apartment buildings don’t permit balcony gardens, although pot plants are allowed.¬† Hanging planters provide people with the ability to easily grow tomatoes without the need for a traditional garden. Gardeners can have access to fresh produce without breaching any building regulations or encroaching on a very restricted garden space.
Gardening can be a very relaxing pastime.   However, gardening is also hard on the body, especially for older people.  Many gardeners suffer from back pain which can be very debilitating and consequently gardening becomes a less pleasurable experience.   Hanging planters can solve this problem.  Once the tomato plant is established in the soil and hung in the desired location there is no need to constantly bend down to tend to the plant.

Unfortunately tomato plants can be rather unruly.  Vines tend to take off in all directions and the resulting plant can become a tangled mess of vines and fruit. Growing tomatoes upside down can resolve this problem as the weight of the plant and gravity work together to make the plant grow more neatly downwards.  Certainly plants will still require some pruning, however not to the extent necessary when grown using the traditional gardening method.

The only problem with upside down tomato planters is retaining adequate soil moisture. Under normal growing conditions the soil will retain water for much longer.  However, because the plant is hanging with the soil exposed to the elements it will dry out faster. Consequently, it is necessary to water the plants more frequently than if they were simply grown in the ground.

Upside down tomato planters are very popular and widely available from local nurseries and garden centres.  Also, if you want to save money they can be easily made with the right tools and materials.