If you came across Red Dirt Ramblings because of a Google search, you’re probably thinking about growing your first garden, and you might be interested in container gardening.
Because container gardening is a great way to begin.
So, let’s begin at the beginning. Growing a garden, vegetable, ornamental or a mixture of the two, is easy in containers. You usually don’t even need to weed!
For vegetables, Smart Pots are wonderful and can be packed away once the gardening season is over. I grow potatoes, squash, and tomatoes in Smart Pots. You can too. Just pick the right-sized pot for what you’re trying to grow.
Here’s a hint: Tomatoes and squash like pots in the five-gallon size or bigger. They need space for their roots. You can find Smart Pots online and at local garden centers. I like these ones with handles for easy moving.
In Oklahoma, don’t use terra cotta unless you plan to be out there watering your containers at least twice a day. Also, terra cotta is better in shade. Since I love terra cotta I use it a lot in my greenhouse and for tulips in early spring.
I have been collecting cobalt blue glazed pots for years, and I keep buying more. I also love Talavera pottery. I’ve found quite a bit of it locally. It goes well with my other glazed containers. Because it’s glazed inside and out, I’ve noticed it holds more water than other pots. Something to keep in mind. Don’t plant a sedum or other succulent in there unless you don’t water it much.
On the Gardenangelists podcast this week–dropped only last night–we talked about all things container-wise including fabulous petunias, what type of potting soil to use and even weeding. Give us a listen. You’ll be glad you did, and if you are glad, would you give us a thumbs up? It helps to grow our audience.
Here’s another post on the best plants for summer containers from last summer where I explain more things about them. If you’re new to gardening, I think containers are the way to go. I outline them in my book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, too.
It’s a cool day and overcast so I hear the garden calling. Hope you all have a splendid week, and I’ll see you here next Wednesday at the same time. Ciao!