Container Gardening is a perfect way to bring versatility and beauty to your home. What can you grow in a container? Just about anything. Plant your edibles, annuals, perennials, and even small trees. And it’s easy!

4 Easy Steps to Container Gardening

1.CHOOSING YOUR CONTAINER

When you are selecting a container be sure to keep in mind the two most important things, size, and drainage.  You want a container that is large enough to support the root system of your plants. And, a container with excellent drainage holes.
*Special Tip: Do not add gravel to assist in drainage it will only add weight to your container.

2. SOIL

Use a top grade potting mix.  These mixes are what the professionals use and typically include sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite, with occasionally blending in a small % of coir or very fine pinebark.  Feel free to add these to your potting mixes.  And remember, you can reuse the soil mixes year after year.

3. FERTILIZER

Use a slow release fertilizer (such as Osmocote) for a slow all season feeding.  Then supplement additional feedings as needed with Miracle Gro, Fish Emulsion, or fertilizer of your choice. Feed as needed depending on what you are growing in your containers.

4. WATERING

One secret to watering is having a professional watering wand like those from Dramm.  Help reduce your overall watering by as much as 50%, by simply adding Soil Moist to your potting mix.  These tiny polymers will last 2 seasons, and actually absorb water when you are watering, swelling up to as much as 200 times the original size.  When the soil dries, Soil Moist releases water back into the mix, which reduces watering time.   (eliminate aqua cones)

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