Benefits, how to, tips and more

Sears raves about the variety of containers gardeners can find, “From planters and hanging baskets to potted arrangements along a patio, on a porch or balcony, and more, you can add versatility. and ambience to spaces of all sizes.”

When choosing your container(s), you must first consider the size. Larger containers will hold more moisture and nutrients, but they will also be harder to move when needed.

If you’re in a small space, consider focusing on small-scale pots, which will happily accommodate herbs of all kinds. However, keep in mind that anytime you leave town, you’ll need to get a friend to water your plants or consider a self-watering option. Small containers dry out quickly!

When it comes to materials, the options are seemingly endless, from clay and concrete to plastic, wood and metal. Consider the location of the container: will it be on a piece of furniture or in your garden? Will you be able to move it?

Fiberglass is a good alternative to heavier concrete options. Additionally, Wiggins notes that traditional terracotta pots allow water to evaporate quickly, while other containers retain water and may require more frequent drainage checks.

For a sustainable touch, Sears adds that gardeners can also repurpose existing materials such as a cart or an old barrel into an innovative upcycled container.

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