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Container Gardens & Hanging Baskets

Even the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables or a garden of flowers. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that can be used. The container gardener is limited only by his/her imagination.

Tips for Choosing A Container

  • Avoid containers with narrow openings.
  • Cheap plastic pots may deteriorate in UV sunlight and terracotta pots dry out rapidly. Glazed ceramic pots are excellent choices but require drainage holes.
  • The size and number of plants to be grown will determine the size of the container used. Small pots may restrict the root area and dry out quickly. Deep rooted vegetables require deep pots.
  • Make sure your pot has adequate drainage. Line the pots with newspaper to prevent soil loss.
  • Line hanging baskets with sphagnum moss for water retention. In the intense heat of summer, hanging baskets can require two waterings per day.
  • Fibre glass pots are lightweight making relocation easy.\

Soil Mixture

Make sure that your planting medium drains rapidly but retains enough moisture to keep the roots evenly moist. Most container gardeners have found that a “soil-less” potting mix, such as Sunnyside’s own All Purpose Potting Soil, works well. In addition to draining quickly, “soil-less” mixtures are lightweight and free from soil-borne diseases and weed seeds.

Fertilizer

Since potting mixes drain water rapidly, fertilizer will be washed out of the container as you water. It is recommended for flowering containers that you fertilize once every 1 - 2 weeks, depending on the weather, with Plant Prod’s 15-30-15 for maximum blooming.

Planting

Annuals planted in container gardens should eventually become a mass of colorful blooms. To achieve this effect, normal space requirements of the individual varieties will not apply. Annuals should be planted close together in the container, allowing sufficient space for healthy root development.
Besides annual flowers, vegetable are also suitable for container gardens. Vegetables will require the recommended spacing with plenty of surrounding soil. Herbs also lend themselves well to container cultivation. They are especially appropriate for intimate areas near the house and useful collections can be displayed in small areas.

Watering

In an exposed location, container plants lose moisture quickly. Some plants will need to be watered up to twice daily, especially during hot, dry weather.

Annuals Suitable for Containers

Alyssum

Begonia (Wax)

Brachycome

Coleus

Cuphea

Dahlberg Daisy

Diascia

Fushsia

Geraniums

Ivy

Lobelia

Lotus Vine

Mimulus

Nasturtium

Pansies

Petunias

Portulaca

Salvia

Sanvitalia

Scaevola

Snapdragons

Thunbergia

Torenia

Verbena

Viola

Zinia

 

 

Vegetables Suitable for Container

Baby carrots

Cherry Tomatoes

Leaf Lettuce

Peppers

Radishes

Snap Beans

Spinach

Spring Onions

Tomatoes