Tips to turn your container gardening into an instant success (Google / Coloradoan)

2010-08-02 - Simple tools for container gardening : seed germination in a blue tray, which is placed in a transparant plastic pastry box, making it a mini-greenhouse (Photo WVC)

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Dig into trendy garden specialties with containersgannett.com

Written by Ted Schaaf

There has been a huge surge in container gardening during the past decade. The trend is to reduce yard space (grass) and replace it with pavers, decking and smaller pocket gardens.

These specialty gardens are ideal locations for containers. There is no limit to what you can plant in your containers. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and succulents are some of the more popular choices. Here are some tips to turn your container gardening into an instant success.

» Containers: Glazed pots are my favorite choice. These colorful pots can be integrated into a color scheme to match paint colors of your home or color themes of the flowers in your garden. Pots also can be used to complement flower colors. For example, yellow flowers in a purple pot. The only caution would be to stay away from dark colors, such as black, as these containers heat up and can damage the roots of your plants.

Make sure the containers are at least 12 inches in diameter. Smaller pots will dry out to quickly. Many people like to elevate their pots to allow for better drainage. This can be done by placing bricks under the pots.

Soil is the key to success.

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2010-08-02 - After growing a sapling in a plastic (Coca-Cola) bottle, the bottom of the bottle is cut off to set a part of the roots free. The major part of the roots stay in the bottle and continue the water uptake, thus avoiding transplant shock (Photo WVC)
2010-08-02 - Avocado sapling grown in a plastic bottle. The bottle's bottom part has been cut off to set some roots free. Now the sapling, still sitting in its bottle, is planted. Thus, transplant shock is avoided because the major part of the root system is not disturbed and continues the uptake of water. Moreover, the sapling can now easily be watered, the irrigation water running directly to the roots growing into the soil (Photo WVC)

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.