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Container Gardening – A World of Possibilities Container Gardening Excellent for a small area Gardens can be grown inside or outside. Offers endless opportunities. Offers creative opportunities. Provides you with options that are unavailable with permanent plantings.

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container gardening
Container Gardening
  • Excellent for a small area
  • Gardens can be grown inside or outside.
  • Offers endless opportunities.
  • Offers creative opportunities.
  • Provides you with options that are unavailable with permanent plantings.
container characteristics
Container Characteristics
  • Need to include a drainage hole(s).
  • Desired plant needs to match the container.
  • Containers need to compliment surrounding décor or architecture.
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For wooden garden box, use rot-resistant wood for the containers.
      • CCA treated wood is usually chemically stable.
  • Terra-cotta pots are porous and can leach water.
    • Coat inside with paint
  • Plastic pots
    • Are impermeable
    • Less expensive
    • Lighter
types of containers
Pots

Wastebaskets

Aquariums

Waterproof bushel baskets

Washtubs

Hollowed-out logs

Crates

Bowls

Crocks

Urns

Tubs

Barrels

Cans

Pans

Chimney flues

Baskets

Cement blocks

Old pair of work boots

Types of Containers
soil for containers
Soil for Containers
  • Growing media is extremely important. It must have the capability of holding water, but drain easily.
  • Ordinary garden soil is generally a poor choice.
  • Garden soil increases the risk of insect infestations and soil borne diseases.
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The ideal growing media is a commercially prepared “soil-less” media.
    • Composed of the following materials:
      • peat moss or composted pine bark
      • sand
      • vermiculite and/or perlite
      • lime
      • minerals and nutrients
    • Light weight
    • Relatively expensive
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Cost can be a factor when needing a large amount of potting media.
    • Fill container half full of styrofoam packaging peanuts or pine cones.
  • Container should be filled to within 2 inches of the top.
seven rules for creative container gardens
Seven Rules for Creative Container Gardens
  • . It is your garden!
    • Use any and as many container you want or can find.
watering
Watering
  • Plants in containers need watering more often.
  • Under-watering major problem in the summer.
  • Over-watering is the most common reason for container plants dying.
    • Finger test
    • Check bottom
  • Best time to water plants is in the morning.
    • Allows leaves and soil surface to dry.
fertilizing
Fertilizing
  • Frequent watering will wash the plant food out of the soil.
  • A regular feeding program
    • based on the type of plant.
    • during the growing season
    • slow release type plant food (Osmocote)
    • soluble complete fertilizer should be used every two weeks(Peter’s Special, Miracle-Gro., etc).
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. Containers look better in a group.

Unless your container is exceptionally decorative.

Pots can be added, replaced or rearranged

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. Grow permanent plants in their own container but add single season plants
    • better to use one plant per pot and group the pots
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. Provide winter protection and guard against spring frosts.

Container and roots can freezing during the occasional cold spells.

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. Place permanent plants in proper size container.
    • Put in smaller containers and move up as plant get larger

Time to move

to larger container!!!

types of container gardens
Types of Container Gardens
  • Desert garden
  • Tropical garden
  • Water garden
  • Herb garden
  • Vegetable garden
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Container Gardening – A World of Possibilities

Wayne Porter

Area Horticulture Agent

Mississippi State University Extension Service

Meridian, MS