Backyard gardening is growing in popularity every year.
Many homeowners who may have never before considered a garden are now taking up shovels, spades, and watering cans in order to reap the benefits that go hand in hand with creating and tending a garden.
Gardening is not only a way to create something beautiful for people and animals to enjoy, it is a means of providing the family with fresh and nutritionally superior produce.
Gardening also offers many health benefits that include improved flexibility, increased strength and stamina, and decreased stress.
Gardening without a Backyard
If you live in a condo, apartment, or other small home, though, you may believe that gardening is not an option for you. How can gardening be accomplished when there is no backyard in which to plant? Anyone living in any kind of small space can still reap the benefits of gardening because it can be done on a smaller scale.
Container gardening gives you the opportunity to create beautiful landscapes in miniature that can be easily maintained next to a sunny window, on a balcony, or in a window box.
How to Choose Your Garden Planters
Choosing the right garden planters for your container garden depends on how much space you have available. First, consider the size of the area where the garden planters will be located. Then, decide which shape would work best — circle, square, or rectangle. What material do you prefer — natural wood, sturdy resin, metal, or clay?
Be sure that the garden planters you choose are safe for growing edible plants, if that is your goal.
Planning Your Miniature Garden
After you have chosen your garden planters, decide what you would like to grow in your new garden. Containers can support a wide range of plants, including vegetables, herbs, grasses, small shrubs, vines, and flowers. Not all plants like to live in containers, though, so be sure to select varieties that are known to be suitable container plants.
Combining different plants in a container is a creative way to add visual interest: choose plants of varying sizes, colors, and textures to give your container the feel of a “bouquet.” Be sure to choose plants with the same or similar lighting and watering requirements to ensure that each plant will get what it needs to thrive.
Living in a small space doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the benefits of growing and tending a garden. In fact, container gardening provides some added benefits that traditional gardening cannot offer.
Small scale gardening using garden planters costs less and requires less upkeep than larger outdoor gardens, so not only can you enjoy the health benefits of gardening, you can also enjoy the time and money you’ll save in the process.
Article by Trey Collier
About the Author : Trey Collier is owner of BackyardCity.com – Where North America shops for Outdoor Living essentials, including high quality Garden Planters, Accessories, and Decor for home and business.
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