If you are living in an apartment and not sure where or how to plant a garden, then garden containers may just be your best new friends. This may not be an entirely unique idea but is definitely a low-maintenance method of gardening especially beneficial for those with little ground space such as apartments and townhouses. Upside-down gardening may run contrary to traditional knowledge of how to plant a garden, but may give you more delightful ups than annoying downs.
The Benefits of Upside Down Planting with Garden Containers
Any garden enthusiast appreciates fewer gardening chores. No matter how much you love gardening, sometimes even mundane chores like staking, watering, weeding, or tilling can take its toll on our backs. With upside-down gardening, because they are raised up off the ground, you don’t have to stoop over, giving your back some much needed rest. There are garden kits that you can easily buy from reputable local suppliers that include instructions on how to plant a garden with upside-down garden containers.
Aside from lesser tasks, this type of gardening also helps you avoid attacks from destructive bugs that thrive in soil, and so you do not have to worry about fruit touching the ground and rotting away.
Using Garden Containers to Enhance the Garden’s Overall Aesthetics
The benefits of upside-down gardening go beyond its yield. We all know that plants are pleasing to the eye. If you use garden pots that are interesting and unique, they can further improve the visual appeal of your garden and your abode. Not only that, they could even become natural conversation pieces. Some DIY garden kits have upside-down planters that are really beautiful but you can always use your creativity and make remarkable pieces from recycled materials and let our imagination run wild.
How to Plant a Garden with Upside-Down Garden Containers
Just like any garden you need to prepare your soil or potting mix, your plants and your planters. Here are some suggestions:
- Know exactly what you want to plant. Your planters will be based on the kind of plant that you wish to grow. Obviously, some plants like tomatoes and cucumbers need larger containers while other smaller plants and varieties may thrive well in smaller hanging baskets and the like.
- Know where you want to place your upside-down plant. Some plants would be good for hanging on brackets while others will look gorgeous on rustic pedestals on the patio.
- Once you have chosen the plant, prepare the container by boring a hole about 1”- 2” in diameter at the bottom, depending on the size of the plant. Place a coffee filter into the bottom of the container to prevent the soil from washing away and to hold the plant in place until it can sustain itself. Make a slit wide enough for the plant to pass through.
- Adding low-growing plants to the top of the planter can add beauty as well as preserve moisture. Some plants good for this purpose are basil, parsley, or even lettuce. Flowering plants like petunias are also a good idea.
Choosing the Best Garden Containers and Kits
Again, the best garden kits for your upside-down garden will depend on the plant you are growing. For example, hot or sweet peppers do not grow as big as tomatoes do and so it follows that they do not need as large garden containers or higher clearance from the ground as tomatoes do. In the same manner, the vining character of cucumbers would require a suitable container that may be different from snow peas or beans even if they are all considered climbers.
There may be many ways on how to plant a garden successfully and in the case of upside-down gardens, the list could be endless. You can also surf the internet and go to gardening forums where you can get valuable ideas from seasoned gardeners. Remember, gardening is such a fulfilling activity. You can not only grow your own food using garden kits or your own designs but you can also express your creativity by crafting charming garden containers to hold your upside-down plants beautifully.