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IN THE DIRT with DOUG - CONTAINER GARDENING

It seems that I do a container gardening blog each season.  But, for a good reason.  Container gardening continues to be a strong, popular gardening and landscaping trend.  I am amazed by how many customers are buying containers this spring.  I think I am a little envious and in awl when I help customers choose the right container for their plant(s).  Most of the customers that I assist are quite confident with wanting to do container gardening and seem less intimated with the concept.
                Choosing the right container is both art and science.  Today, there are so many types of containers from which to choose.  I think I am correct in saying that the colorful, glazed containers are the number one seller.  Glazed containers give the customer a plethora of colors, sizes, and shapes to choose.  This is where the art and creativity comes into play.  Other container types include terra-cotta clay, metal, concrete, wood (such as with oak whiskey barrels), light weight composite, and more.  All these varieties make great containers for plants.  It comes down to personal preference.
                As for the science aspect of container gardening.  It’s pretty logical when you think about the plant requirements when it comes to science.  A sun loving plant will not do well in shade and vise versa.  So, first thing to do is to decide the placement of the container and then make the appropriate plant choices. 
                Another part of the science aspect is with the soil.  In containers you want to use a potting soil that is light and well draining.  “Potting” soil is the operative word to keep in mind when selecting the soil for the container.  In other words, you don’t want to use a heavy top soil in the container. 
                Another important aspect is that you want to make sure that the container has drainage holes.  The water needs to be able to exist out the bottom or side of the container.  If not, the water table will continue to climb inside the container that will eventually lead to the soil becoming water logged and the root system of the plant start to rot thus leading to the death of the plant(s).
                I love the creativity and artistry of container gardening.  I have many containers around my property.  As these new containers come into the store I become a little jealous with helping people make their container selection because I love all these new containers and the colors this year.  I guess I am living my dream through the eyes of the customers.
                                                                                Happy Gardening
Posted: 5/11/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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