Thursday, November 1, 2012

Winter Container Garden

Winter is coming soon. For some aspiring gardeners who live in colder climates, this couldn't be the best of news. Fortunately, one can always start a winter container garden to preserve some plants that can't self-seed after the frost leaves. Here is how.

  • You should see which plants can survive during winter and regrow as spring comes, and which can't. For those that are unable to take the cold wind, it's a good idea to move them indoors. You can either replant the whole plant in a big container or grow new plants from cuttings.
  • Choose the right container. It can either be the proper terracotta pot or simply a 5 gallon bucket or 30 gallon one. But basically the bigger the container, the better. That allows the plants to better protect their root systems.
  • Make sure there are proper drainage holes. Plants do need water in the winter, but they absolutely don't need to be soaked in cold water because there are no holes for the water to come out.
  • Place your container garden in a spot that is exposed to a lot of sun.
  • You may combine your herbs or vegetable plants with flowers. This will increase the appeal and lighten the mood in the house.
  • If you plan to put your container garden in the porch, you should at least make a simple greenhouse to help plants retain the heat and to protect them from harsh cold wind and frost.
  • When spring comes, you can replant the container plants back in your back yard or leave them in the pots to decorate the interior of the house.
Gardening can still be done in winter. All that thanks to the highly portable container garden.

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