Edible flowers and plants grow
Edible flowers and plants grow very well in containers and in many cases even better than under natural conditions.
If you so have no natural garden, you can create an edible garden in pots. It is located just a few steps from your home.
But where should you start? Steve Masley is a consultant and edible garden Designer, who has worked in the San Francisco coastal area. He shares with us today 10 Tips how to successfully conducted such kind of garden design.
Worry about the plants carefully
He says that bad irrigation the footprint is number 1 for the bad performance of the plants. The Earth in the containers dries very quickly, so you should really use this factor. In winter and especially sunny locations, you should water maybe up to two times per week. Too much water is also not a good idea, because that can cause the formation of fungi and rot the roots.
You can water by hand, but the installation footprint edge represents a simple and consistent way to do this. Masley recommends that you make a loop from the drop lines, which are located around the plant around, rather than that it is content with simple drop glands. So the water will spread better and to avoid it that plants fall off or dry out. He covered the containers with compost to keep the moisture in the soil.
Fertilize the soil Earth
Fertilize the soil Earth
Ask people which have many plants at home for their secrets and they will tell you all the same: well fertilised soil. Container gardens need Earth, which is easy to fertilize, receptive and nutritious.
The nurseries sell organic container blends, but you can do this also alone. Masley warns against the use of Earth from the Court directly because she very often contains clay and mud. Container gardens need much more ground, which is easy to fertilize, well absorbs the moisture and is plentiful.
Here is a recipe:
A part of coarse sand
Two parts good garden compost, which has been filtered
A part of coir
Part of Pearl stone or lava rocks
Mix all of these and you can add organic additives. You can do that from the beginning. The nutrients slowly spread through the growing season. So all you need to do is to irrigate it.
Add Nutrienten to the Earth
You can add special Nutrienten to the Earth, including compounds which replace the role of the worms. You can use those also real, lively. The worms are important, because they contribute to the nutrient circle and this in a way which is good for the Earth.
It enriches the soil with beneficial bacteria and fungi. These represent a competitor to the pathogens, which may attack your plant.
Masley used coir in the mix of Earth and thus increases the ability to store water. Torfmoss rejects the water when it is dried. By contrast, the coir always absorbs the water and is much more sustainable.
Dispense the water correctly
Avoid the trap
This is one of the biggest mistakes that committed in the design of the container gardens. It is thought that if a tomato plant is good, two and three are also there. But that’s not entirely true.
Masley looks that most plants containers need 5 gallons of water. It also refers to the pepper plant here. Increasing the number appears a great solution at first glance, but actually prevent the productivity of this completely. You are then in a perpetual contest several pepper plants side by side and alone for themselves, they are then less be productive.
According to the Mesley, you will get even more problems with diseases as an approach. It will also be from the stress caused by the competition.
Secure enough light
Edible flowers and plants have enough light
Like all other gardens, six to eight hours of light are perfect enough for the plant container gardens. To the South or gardens looking West are wonderful places, but you can use edible plants also in places, which are oriented to the North or East.
In areas where less sunlight penetrates, Masley recommends that you choose types of plants, which are sooner ready for harvesting. Such are the cherry tomatoes for example. You should keep the distances between the various plants large enough so that it attracts as much light as possible. Lettuce grows well with just a little sun. You should just experiment with different light conditions and see what comes from it.
You should grow in a large pot of edible flowers and plants
The bigger the pot, the better
Yes, the edible plants can grow in small containers of plants, but to put yourself in a difficult position. The roots can be the bigger the pot, the deeper and more robust plants. The roots will be stronger and able to store water and to help you with the problem number 1.
If you so, the Earth will store more water and dry much slower. So, resist the temptation to plant in the small vessels and pull the big pots into consideration first.
Bring different container in use
Not all containers are the same
The size of the container is also important, because their shape and their material for edible flowers and plants is important. Those are preferred by Masley with round and cylindrical shape. Rather, he waives the classical conical shape. A larger part of the Earth of the Sun is exhibited at the pots of this kind, and so she dry faster. If you minimize the exposed Earth, then she will dry up also, and the roots are better irrigated.
Depending on the way of the garden location, shape and material, the container also plays a very important role for the growth of plants. Metal pots will also help that the Earth in cooler and darker areas is warmed up. Terracotta is always very good, plastic pots are suitable especially for people who must often move the flower pots.
Save space on the terrace
Save space with a window box
Masley offers window boxes. They are especially suitable for the growth of salads. If they are too hollow as other plant containers, they are but also longer. So, the roots can close develop at the base.
The wood keeps the roots cool and fitting the flower pots on the wall makes the course minimum is taken away. This is a great solution for terraces and porches and makes the crop really enjoyable and easy.
Start with the spices
The herbs are resilient. They are the easiest to growing edible and the most appropriate, which you can have in a kitchen. How often do you need it actually more than one or two Schnutz of Rosemary, for example?
Basil is a must in every summer container garden thyme and oregano are better in this regard
Try the cherry tomatoes
You are super for the plant container. But in the heat of summer, it will be easy to forget to water it. Then, they are vulnerable to Blütenendfäule. Other diseases are caused by the lack of water and calcium. Masley recommends that you choose tomatoes instead of cherry. You can plant them plant containers in 7 gallons.
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