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Master the art of container gardening for small spaces

By Rashidat Oladele

Choosing the right containers for planting in limited spaces can be creative with different materials like terracotta, ceramic, or even repurposed items like buckets or old watering cans.

It entails use of a high-quality potting mix that provides good drainage and nutrient retention. Avoid using garden soil as it can be too dense and may not drain well in containers,.

Consider the sunlight needs of your plants and place your containers accordingly. Most vegetables and herbs thrive in full sun, while some shade-loving plants can tolerate less direct sunlight.

Container plants tend to dry out faster than those in the ground, so monitor the moisture levels regularly. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry, but make sure not to over water as it can lead to root rot.

Ensure to supplement your plants with a slow-release fertilizer or use organic options like compost or worm castings.

Also take advantage of companion planting to maximize space and promote healthy growth. For example, planting marigolds alongside tomatoes can deter pests and attract beneficial insects.

Regularly remove dead or wilted flowers and prune back leggy growth to encourage bushier and healthier plants.

Keep an eye out for common garden pests like aphids or snails. Use organic pest control methods such as nim oil, insecticidal soaps, or companion planting with pest-repellent herbs like basil or rosemary.

If you’re growing vegetables, practice crop rotation by changing the location of plants each season. This helps prevent the buildup of soil-borne diseases and maintains soil fertility.

Apply a layer of organic mulch around your container plants to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Utilize trellises, stakes, or hanging baskets to grow vining plants vertically. This saves space and adds an aesthetic appeal to your container garden.

Lastly, harvest your crops at the right time to ensure peak flavor and quality. Research the specific harvesting guidelines for each plant you are planting.


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