Container Gardens: Choosing the Right Pot
Are you one of the 91 million households participating in some type of indoor or outdoor gardening activity?
It’s as easy as planting a container or pot and it can be flowers, vegetables, grasses or a combination of all three, whatever suits your tastes.
“Containers can be used as centerpieces, for touches of color or as a garden. One of the most important aspects is starting with the right pot or planter. Choosing one with the right characteristics will not only make for healthier plants but a more enjoyable gardening experience.”
We suggests the following when deciding on a container:
Look at the type of material. Clay, wood, plastic, and concrete are all used outdoors. Heavy-duty polypropylene with UV inhibitors to resist fading and cracking offers durability, design and not a lot of extra weight, which makes it perfect for hanging.
Ceramic and metal are also used but primarily only indoors. Self-watering models, like Nature’s Distributing Self-Watering Stacking Planters, are designed with special patented grids that redirect the water to a reservoir where soil plugs wick the water to the plant roots. This type of pot can reduce the frequency of watering.
Hanging baskets are often made from the same material and sometimes wire. These tend especially tend to dry out quickly and need to be watered frequently.
Good drainage is important. Be sure the pot you select has drainage holes. If it does not, you’ll need to add them. Newspaper can be used to prevent soil loss.
With drainage holes you also need a saucer to catch and hold any excess water. Choose a planter that has planting spaces large enough to allow for root growth.
When selecting a pot for outside use, look for planter colors that complement your landscaping and the exterior of your home. When dealing with larger containers, try to choose a container that has a tray with wheels. It‟s easier on both your back and your movable garden.
Nature’s Distributing is head quartered in Palm Harbor,
FL. The company’s new products are being manufactured in the U.S.