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lenny
2017-05-23
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Growing Banana trees in pots is easy, if you’re unable to grow it on the ground either due to lack of space or cold climate. Learn how to grow banana trees in this complete article.
There are banana varieties that can withstand temperature drops and grows well in containers, popular especially among the fans of exotic tropical plants in the garden. The first question that may come up in your mind is– Will banana tree in a pot can bear fruits? And the answer is yes. It is possible, a banana tree bears fruits in pot prolifically. It may take up to 3 to 5 years to fruit if grown from seeds. Growing Banana Trees in Pots Banana is a lush green, fast-growing plant that can give any place a tropical look and feel. Many varieties become excellent houseplants that don’t need much care and grow up very quickly. Dwarf varieties of banana trees can grow anywhere between 2 to 4 meters. Compared to the ordinary banana trees that can reach up to 15 meters high. Growing Banana Trees in Pots in Tropics Growing banana tree in pot in a tropical climate is extremely easy, with little to no care banana tree grows in the container. If you’re living under USDA Zones 9 to 11, keep your banana tree in the shade in afternoon in summer, when the plant is young. All the other requirements are similar as given below in the article for temperate zones. Banana Varieties you can Grow in Pots and Indoors
These dwarf varieties of banana tree restrict up to only 1.5 m to 4 m. (4 to 12 feet) tall and are suitable to grow in containers. You can also grow these banana varieties indoors. Dwarf RedDwarf CavendishDwarf BrazilianDwarf JamaicanRajapuriWilliams HybridGran NainDwarf ‘Lady Finger’ If you would like to grow ornamental bananas check out these varieties: Ensete ventricosumMusa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’Musa ornata Also read: How to grow lemon in Pots Requirements for Growing Banana Trees in PotsSun Banana trees grow in tropical and subtropical parts of the world and therefore they love full sun, heat and humidity. If you’re growing banana tree you should keep it in a spot that receives the sun most of the day but preferably sheltered from the wind. Soil Growing Banana tree requires well-draining soil, sandy soil that is rich in organic matters and compost. Buy a good quality potting mix for your banana tree. If you are making it at home make sure to mix sand, perlite, and compost or manure. Banana needs slightly acidic to neutral soil to produce those potassium rich nutritious bananas. The soil pH should be around 6 – 7. If your soil is alkaline mix sulfur to decrease the pH. Watering Banana loves moisture. Water it regularly and deeply but care not to overwater. In summer, water it every day. It may need water even two times a day in hot weather or when it is root bound. Soil for growing banana plants should be kept uniformly moist. Reduce watering in winter. Banana Plant in Pot Care
Humidity Banana plant prefers humidity levels above 50%. To increase humidity level around the plant, mist the plant and place it on a layer of pebbles in a tray filled with water. Overwintering Banana Tree Banana plants stop growing when the temperature drops below 50 ° Fahrenheit. Before the onset of winter, do heavy mulching and prune the leaves. Put it in a warm, bright room till the spring. Fertilizer Banana is a fast growing plant and it requires heavy feeding to grow at its full strength. Fertilize young plant when it establishes well with nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help it grow faster. Once your banana tree in pot becomes mature enough to produce fruit, fertilize it with 15:5:30 fertilizer regularly. Pests and diseases Bananas are quite resistant to diseases, still when you see the leaves turning brown and drying at the edges it means you’re overwatering and if the leaves turn yellow, banana plant is having a lack of nutrients. Some pests that might attack banana plant are banana aphids, banana weevil, and coconut scale. These pests can easily be repelled using organic pesticides.
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lenny
2017-05-23
lenny
Make a Terrace Vegetable Garden on your rooftop, it is easy if you’ll do this with some planning. In this article you’ll learn which vegetables are suitable and how you can grow them on terrace.
Fresh home grown vegetables taste delicious, are good for health and safe from chemicals. You don’t need to acquire a regular garden to grow them, you can also grow these on a balcony or terrace. There are some really interesting ways to incorporate the vegetable crops on the terrace. These alternatives are space saving and also a real eye-catcher. 1. Creating a vegetable Garden in Pots In containers you can plant almost any vegetable. Choose large and deep pots, avoid thin and poor quality plastic pots because they heat up quickly and drain poorly. Soil Using normal garden soil is a bad idea for growing vegetables in pots. Instead use good quality potting mix for healthy growth of plants and productivity. You can also prepare it yourself, read this article. Vegetables for Pots Tomatoes Cucumbers Radishes Beans Potatoes Onions Carrots Beetroot Lettuce Garlic Chilies and Peppers Gourds Eggplant (Brinjal) 2. Create Raised Beds on Terrace
If you’re looking for practical as well as stylish way to make a terrace vegetable garden. Make a raised bed, in raised beds you’ll be able to grow lot of vegetables in compare to containers. Plants will thrive better with less care and maintenance, plus they are cheap. The raised bed on the terrace does not differ fundamentally from those you see in a regular garden. In well-stocked hardware stores or even online shops you will find special raised beds for terraces, you’ll only need to configure which one is better for you or you can make your own raised bed, which is very easy. Just ensure before installing it that the surface of terrace below it is waterproofed efficiently or not. Fill Raised Bed with Soil If you fill the raised bed with soil, consider to prevent voles and pests from entering the bed. To make soil, just mix quality garden soil, ripe compost and manure. Advantage of Raised Beds Probably the greatest advantage of raised bed is of course its height and wideness on terrace. Gardening can hardly be more convenient. 3. Integrate Vegetable Patch on the Terrace You can also integrate a vegetable patch on your terrace and grow vegetable on the surface itself. But doing this is only good on large rooftops. Vegetable patch is similar to making a normal garden bed. The integrated bed should be filled normally with soil like a regular garden bed. An addition of compost in soil is a perfect natural fertilizer for most of the plants. 4. Creating a Vegetable Terrace Garden in Planter boxes Flower boxes and planters can be used to create a vegetable garden. You can hang these on an existing railing or set them just on the floor. How do you use them is entirely up to you. Do not use ordinary garden soil in these planter boxes, either use quality potting mix or compost rich soil. Fertilizing is also important to improve productivity but it varies according to plants: peppers and tomatoes are heavy feeders, whereas green leafy vegetables do not need much fertilizer. Plants for Flower Boxes Cucumbers Tomatoes Garlic Chilies Herbs Radishes Bush beans Greens Cucumbers, tomatoes and beans require a climbing aid, so that the plants do not break. 5. Repurpose Sandboxes A sandbox is not just for games. From a small simple wooden sandpit, you can also make a hefty vegetable patch. This looks not only decorative, but provides your plants an optimal space to thrive. Instead of using gravel for drainage, just fill the quality compost with soil. In the sandbox you can grow all sorts of small vegetables and herbs, mostly low growing that spreads too much. Radishes Herbs Garlic Lettuce Spinach Ginger Asian Greens and lot of other green leafy vegetables 6. Optimize Vertical Space
Your main challenge is how smartly you utilize your vertical space to double up the space you have on your terrace, make a plan on how you should do this, if you have walls, hang planters on it. Grow vegetable shrubs and vines like beans, squashes, gourds and tall tomato varieties near the walls and railings. This way they’ll not only get support but also grow outside and upward and you’ll save a lot of your space. Use old shelves, racks to keep pots and buy pot holders, put them around the corners. On these you can grow herbs to improve the taste of salads and cuisines you’ll prepare, you can also grow lot of flowers to appease ornamental views. Tips for the Prolific Terrace Vegetable Garden Fertilize vegetables regularly with good quality organic fertilizer. With some research and experience you’ll be able to find out which type of fertilizer you should feed to specific vegetables. Water plants regularly and deeply. Read this article for container watering tips. Check plants regularly for pests. Read this article for homemade natural pesticide recipes. Prune vegetable plants to keep them in good shape and in healthy growth. Look out for suckers, especially in tomatoes and pinch them off immediately if found one. For the vegetables, it is always good to grow them on the Southern or Western face, so the plants will have enough sun and can thrive easily. But too much sun is not good either. If you live in a warm tropical climate and the sun is too strong, it is advisable to provide afternoon shade to plants.
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lenny
2017-05-23
lenny
Whether you have a rooftop garden already or you are planning to have one, these 11 rooftop garden design ideas and tips will help you in having the most beautiful roof terrace garden. In densely populated urban areas of the cities even having a small rooftop or patio is such a boon. You can create a garden there. You can sit there and enjoy. Surely you may have many plans about your rooftop garden design and style but considering these tips will be helpful too. Rooftop Garden Design Ideas and Tips We have some great terrace garden design ideas and essential tips that you can use for inspiration on your rooftop. 1. Keep it open
A small rooftop if kept open looks big. Consider, for example, transparent glass instead of a parapet wall; fences, railing or even you can create a hedge around the border. However, if you are concerned about the privacy and would like to block the constantly prying eyes of the neighbors, avoid this tip. 2. Grow tall plants and trees
If you have a large rooftop or have a bad view from there or if you want to get a real garden like feel do little high vegetation around the walls to maximize greenery and confine yourself from the rest of the city. Growing bamboos and grasses is a good combination if you want to make it low maintenance, otherwise, your options are unlimited, grow shrubs and trees. 3. Create raised beds
If your roof supports, creating raised beds adjacent to the walls is a good idea. You can add wooden raised beds or the ones that are made from metal. If you like, you can also construct the concrete raised beds– 2 feet deep and wide would be a great size, in them you can even grow tall shrubs and small trees and with the regular maintenance, pruning, and root trimming in every few years you can control the plants. For these raised beds ensure you use waterproofing membrane and lay a thick root barrier that can block roots and prevent damage to the roof. One more idea is to make slightly elevated raised beds from the surface that way the raised beds do not touch the surface and roots of the plants may not be able to penetrate. 4. Plant carefully
When it comes to rooftop garden design, ensure you maintain the diversity in the size of the plants. A few large plants, shrubs and small trees, ground covers, annuals must be there. Also, buy containers of different sizes this will give a great look to your rooftop garden. 5. Furniture

Decide in advance what kind of furniture you would like to purchase. Would you like to lounge on the roof terrace or want to have a dinner there? You must make a choice in the initial stage. Furniture that fit the style and theme of your garden would be appropriate. 6. Add a focal point
A focal point attracts the eyes toward it. Anything can be a focal point that draws attention. A water feature, tall tree, beautiful arrangement of container plants, a statue etc. 7. Do lighting
During the evening, it is important that your rooftop garden is well-lit. Especially near the stairwell or door, it’s nice to make more bright spots. Moreover, lighting a roof will make it look larger during dusk. 8. Use no more than three colors
Always choose one color as an accent color and one or two more colors that’ll follow it. Using several different colors for walls, floor, railings, furniture or containers will make your rooftop look too busy and cluttered. A color combined with a neutral color works best. Neutral colors like white, gray, beige, indigo also accentuate the beauty of plants. 9. Utilize vertical space
Utilize vertical space to add more space to your rooftop garden, hang planters on the walls, use railing planters and grow a lot of climbers. 10. Nice floor is important
Don’t avoid the flooring. Choose flooring type that fits your budget, suits the climate you live in and accommodate the theme of the rooftop garden. 11. Play with colors and plant types
Use cool colors and warm colors in balance to get a beautiful look. On a well planned urban rooftop garden, everything is possible. Grow trees, shrubs, foliage plant and annuals for a burst of color.
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2017-05-23
lenny
If you have a limited space and you want to create a small rose garden there then growing roses in containers is the best option for you.
Blooming roses are among the most beautiful ornamental plants that can be grown in the garden. It is hardly surprising that many rose lovers that have limited space also desire to grow them. Fortunately, growing roses in containers on a balcony, patio or terrace is possible, this way you can create a small rose garden. Except large variety of roses, you can grow all type of roses in containers. Choose Roses Wisely Roses are one of the most diverse plants on our planet. There are 14, 000 varieties of roses of which some can withstand the – 40 F extreme cold temperature then there are some rose varieties suitable for tropics that bear up to 110 F and still blooms. Choose roses wisely, according to your climate. You should also consider the space you have, decide whether you want to grow a small rose garden or just a few roses. Type of Roses to Consider
Miniature Roses Miniature Roses are comparatively easy to grow than all other rose types, they are simply the mini version of large roses and are ideal balcony roses, and good for roofs and patios. You can also grow them in hanging baskets and railing planters. On a balcony, you can also grow miniature climbing roses such as red cascade, to use up your vertical space. Miniature Roses produces small flowers of about 1”-2” inch size in red, yellow, pink, white, peach, orange and many other colors. Generally, the bushes grow to no more than 18 inches in height. Hybrid Teas If you like large roses, grow hybrid tea roses. They flower less but phenomenal. One flower on a long, straight and upright stem. Hybrid Tea Roses can be as tall as 6 feet. Each bloom can be up to 5″ in diameter. Hybrid Tea Roses are one of the world’s most popular types of roses due to their color and large blooms. Floribunda Floribunda roses produce a cluster of flowers on top of each stem, their blooms are smaller in compare to tea roses. These roses can grow up to 3 feet tall. Patio Roses Patio roses are undemanding small bushes, which grows between 18 to 24 inches tall. They have a compact growing habit and thrive well in containers. To learn more about rose varieties for containers read this post.
Roses Must have Suitable Containers The size of the container should be medium to large to grow rose bushes. Larger varieties require extensive, deep pot with a minimum diameter of 40 cm, with large drainage holes in the bottom. On the other hand, low growing, medium to small sized roses can be grown in containers with a diameter of 25 – 30 cm. Don’t overlook the look of containers, potted rose plants look more beautiful if you choose a handsome container for them. While choosing container look at their bottom for drainage holes, good drainage is essential for roses. If there is insufficient drainage, make some holes. When and How to Plant Roses to Make a Small Rose Garden Best time for planting roses is spring to early summer. After purchasing roses transplant them as soon as possible to new, larger pots as they usually are sold in very small containers. For the USDA zones 9 – 11 and other subtropical and tropical parts, rose can be planted from any time between fall (autumn) to winter. If you have bought bare root roses you should keep their roots submerged for an hour or two in the water, making them absorb the moisture, this will make them easier to adopt in a new place. Then put on damp root ball of your rose plant into the pot. While planting, ensure that rose placed in soil just deep as it used to grow in the previous pot. Water well the freshly planted roses and for a few days place them in a sheltered place that receives only a few hours of morning sun, later on, move the containers to the position that is sufficiently bright and receives the sun at least for 7 hours as no roses, in the long run, can tolerate shade. Throughout the season, roses in containers should be watered deeply and moderately because they do not tolerate desiccation. After about 2 to 3 weeks of planting, roses are ready to be fertilized. One thing you should know that roses are heavy feeders. Fertilize roses using the special rose mix fertilizer, which you can buy from a garden center, you can also fertilize them with any all-purpose fertilizer. Application of manure and compost also helps the rose plants. Overwintering Roses The main advantage of growing plants on a balcony is that it remains comparatively warmer than regular gardens. Still you should do some things to warm the pots and plants, do heavy mulching with organic matter and protect them from the cool air. In very low temperatures in winters, keep your potted roses indoors. For tropics it is opposite, you’ll need to care roses in summer. Cool weather varieties will die itself, so grow rose varieties that are suitable for tropics and save them from scorching the sun when it is overheadTips
Except North facing, you can grow roses on every type of balcony. If you want to grow roses on South facing balcony, protect them from afternoon sun (especially in warm climates) Every spring or in the beginning of growing season replace the potting soil or at least replace the top layer with compost or manure. Always cut the faded flowers, this stimulates the growth of new buds. Read more on rose care tips
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lenny
2017-05-23
lenny
Growing lettuce in containers is fun and easy and you can harvest fresh, crispy, and organic lettuce leaves for your salads in no time.
Lettuce is one of the vegetables that is very easy to grow in pots and you can even grow it in a small container. Healthy and continuously productive, this crispy salad green has many qualities that make it a blessing for health. Rich in water, fiber, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, the lettuce is perfect for those who have intestinal transit problems, and also contributes to the smooth functioning of the nervous system. You can start to harvest lettuce in no time– about 8 weeks for most of the varieties, it is super easy to grow and productive; similar to spinach. And the best part is you don’t need a lot of space to grow lettuce. Also Read: How to Grow Spinach Choosing a Pot Almost all the lettuce varieties grow well in pots. As their shallow roots don’t need deep soil, they do best in wide and shallow containers. The pot must have adequate drainage holes in the bottom and should be at least 6 inches deep. You can use any material for pots such as plastic, clay or terracotta pots. *However, if you’re growing lettuce in a container in a warm climate, do that in clay pots and plant heat resistant varieties.Planting Lettuce in Pots
Lettuce is a cool season crop and growing lettuce in pots is possible from spring to fall in most of the regions. Although, if you live in USDA Zones 10-11 or in any other subtropical or tropical part of the world, you should try to grow lettuce in winter. You can easily cultivate the lettuce from seeds or from seedlings. If you want to grow it from seeds, read this post. Alternatively, you can directly buy the seedlings from a nearby nursery. For continuous harvest do successive planting, sow seeds in every two weeks throughout the growing season. In summer, when the weather starts to heat up the lettuce tends to bolt, to reduce this tendency keep your potted lettuce plant in a cool spot and provide proper shade. Requirements for Growing Lettuce in ContainersSpacing Considering you’re growing lettuce in a small space in your container garden, we assume you’ll harvest your lettuce plants regularly; trying “Cut And Come Again” method. This way you don’t need to care much about spacing. Sow seeds densely and thin out the seedlings as they grow picking young, tender leaves regularly. Keep the plants 4-6 inches apart (depending on the size of the leaves you want and cultivar). However, head lettuces require more spacing than leaf lettuces and planting depth (8 inches) must be increased too. Position The lettuce loves the sunlight (*more in cooler zones) though it can be grown easily in a partially shaded area but if you’re growing lettuce in a warm climate where the sun is intense try to place the pot in a spot that receives only a few hours of morning sun. During the hottest hours of the day (in the afternoon) it is recommended to create a shade for the plant to prevent the drying of the soil as lettuce prefers slightly moist soil constantly. Also, move the container in a cool spot when the temperature rises as this favorite green is heat sensitive. Soil For growing healthy lettuce, use a good quality soil mix which has plenty of organic matter, such as compost and peat. You can also add well-rotted manure or compost additionally. The soil you use must be loamy and well-drained and doesn’t hold water too much. Watering In shallow pots, you may need to water frequently so that the plant will not dry out completely. Make sure that you not only keep the soil slightly moist but also avoid to overwater your container grown lettuces as overwatering can kill the plants due to root rot. Fertilizer
Because lettuce plants mature quickly, a single or double application of fertilizer is usually all that is needed to boost the production. Before you fertilize, wait for a few weeks to allow the seedlings to establish. To fertilize lettuce you can use a granular balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. You can also use liquid fertilizer for a quick boost. When fertilizing, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions as both over and under fertilization can be harmful. Pests and Diseases Growing lettuces in containers require care from leaf eating insects. However, if the plants are healthy there are fewer chances of infestation of pests or diseases. Mildew, leaf spot, rot and a variety of bacterial infections are common diseases that can attack lettuce. In pests and insects– caterpillars, cutworms, aphids, maggots and beetles can cause damage to the plant. Harvesting Once the lettuce leaves have reached the height of 4-6″ (the baby green size perfect for cut and come again method) or according to your desired size, either pick the outer leaves individually or harvest them by cutting the leaves off 1″ (2-3 cm) from above the base or crown (Must remember, don’t cut into or below the crown or else your plant will die). This way the plant will grow back and you’ll be able to harvest it again. You can also pick the leaf lettuce before maturity, it’s simple, just remove the outer leaves when you need them in salads and keep the center leaves growing.
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lenny
2017-05-23
lenny
Growing ornamental grasses is fun. You can decorate your house, garden, balcony or patio with them. So, what are the best ornamental grasses for containers? We named a few, check out. Grasses are not only for lawn or ground cover. They can add a visual charm at any place if you grow them in containers.
Growing and care for ornamental grasses is relatively easy. You can start to grow them from seeds. Before you head on to see the list of best ornamental grasses below, learn how to care for them here! Growing ornamental grasses in containers is an excellent way to feature grasses without letting them branch out and taking over your whole garden. Container grown grasses are also easier to control, and they look stunning when grown with flowers. Growing Ornamental Grasses in Pots Ornamental grasses are an excellent way to create privacy in the garden, especially on a patio, balcony or rooftop. Some of the grasses are extremely resistant to drought and grow rapidly. And there are those that love moisture; you can choose according to the growing conditions you’re providing. Also read: Balcony Privacy Ideas Growing Position Decide where you want to grow the ornamental grass. Ornamental grasses thrive in a spot that gets at least five to six hours of sunlight daily. Choosing Right Pot Choosing a right pot is also necessary for growing ornamental grasses in containers. Ensure proper drainage and see if it is wide enough to let the grass spread and deep enough to support the root system. You should also care about the looks of a container. Also Read: Container Ideas for Patio and Balcony RequirementsSoil Use a mix of one part compost, one part top soil and one part perlite for making an excellent growing medium for grass. Watering A general rule is to water your plants only when the top two inch of soil is dry. However, different grass varieties have different needs, and some even like to sit in water so make sure to do a proper research about the grass variety you’re growing. Also Read: How to Water Container Plants FertilizerFertilize annually in spring with slow-release 3 – 1 – 2 fertilizer. For tropics, feed your plants in fall and winter. Take care not to over-fertilize grass and strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions.11 Best Ornamental grasses for containers1. Bamboo Muhly
Almost fern-like but super fine in texture, bamboo muhly grass grows easily in USDA Zones 8 to 11. It takes its name from its notched stems and feathery foliage. It thrives in the tropical climate, loves sun and heat and grows well in containers. 2. Japanese Sweet Flag
This low growing (12″) ornamental grass is good to grow in containers if you don’t want to grow a tall variety. Japanese sweet flag is low maintenance and grows in moist and soggy soil and semi-shade to full sun in USDA zones 6 to 9. You can grow this ornamental grass with other moisture loving plants or with aquatic plants. Also Read: How to make a water pond in container 3. Red Fountain Grass
USDA Zones 9 to 11. Beautiful red fountain grass looks stunning; it’s an arching upright plant. Fill the pot with its rich burgundy color of foliage, and you’ll see how beautiful it looks. 4. Japanese Forest Grass
USDA Zones 5 to 9. Once you see Japanese forest grass growing in a nearby, nursery, you’ll love to pick it. It’s the plant you can grow in the shade, its foliage comes in yellow-green stripes and grows in a clump. Grow this ornamental grass in a dark ceramic pot for an absolutely stunning look. 5. Blue Lyme Grass
Blue lyme grass grows aggressively in all kinds of soil. It grows in both tropical and nontropical climate under USDA Zones 4 to 10. The sword-like foliage grows up to 3 – 4 feet that fold as they grow tall. This bold and spiky grass forms beige colored flower heads usually in summer. 6. Fiber Optic Grass
Image Credit: Cocoon Home USDA Zones 10, 11. Fiber optic grass grows well in tropics, in a colder climate, you can grow it as annual. It hangs down gently in a curve and creates an unusual effect. It’s one of the best ornamental grasses you would like to grow in containers. Fiber optic is a low growing, fine textured grass that can be planted in full to partial sun. It loves moist soil. You can also grow it indoors; we also added it in our list of most BEAUTIFUL HOUSEPLANTS!7. New Zealand flax
USDA Zones 9 to 11. New Zealand flax is perennial in frost-free areas, excellent for tropical regions. You can grow it in containers, it looks beautiful and gives a tropical feel. This grass like beautiful foliage plant comes in colors of green, copper, red and gold. 8. Sedge
Sedge looks like grass, but it is not. When grown in containers, its leaves glow in the sun and look fantastic while the blades rustle in the slightest breeze. Sedge grows well in warm sunny conditions. Also Read: Container Garden Design Tips 9. Miscanthus
USDA Zones 6 to 9. One of the most popular ornamental grasses, it grows well in the container. Available in many varieties, it looks picturesque in the morning sun. 10. Blue Oat Grass
USDA Zones 4 to 9 Grow this cool blue – gray grass in a pot with bright flowers to create an aesthetic look on your patio, terrace or balcony garden. Blue oat grass is low maintenance and grows well in partial shade. 11. Feather Reed Grass
Feather reed grass can be grown in the sun and partial shade both. It grows well in USDA Zones 4 to 9. Feather reed grass looks attractive as a focal point– on a patio if grown in a container. Also Read: Best Shrubs to Grow in Containers
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lenny
2017-05-23
lenny
Are you growing a Terrace Garden? If yes then this informational guide on ‘Terrace/Roof Garden Plants’ will surely help you in choosing the plants for terrace garden.
First, assess these characteristics of your terrace accurately: Do you want to grow plants on its floor, in raised beds or in pots? Do you have large or small terrace? Is it shady or sunny? Selection of terrace garden plants completely depends up on the factors listed above. In general, better to choose large containers when growing plants for terrace garden because in large containers, plants grow more easily: better moisture conservation and nutrient supply, room for ample root development. Terrace Garden Vegetables Well sized pots or raised beds, an ideal exposure to sun, water, slightly acidic and fertile soil and sufficient drainage, this is all you need to have your own vegetable garden. Vegetables need more care then herbs, so if you’re growing them for first time, start by salads: tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers are easy to grow. You can also grow vegetables such as eggplant, peppers, okras (lady finger) and chilies and strawberries (fruit of course). If you’ll dedicate at least half an hour in a day to some regular gardening chores like pinching, pruning, watering and fertilizing every couple of week or in a month according to your plants’ needs, you’ll get success. Terrace Garden Flowers If you feel an urge to grow different, exotic and beautiful flowers on your terrace to make a roof flower garden then grow lot of annuals. You can plant some tulip bulbs and hyacinths, colorful primroses are also easy to grow. In summer, grow petunias, pansies and begonias and some exotic flowers depending on your climate. Hibiscus comes in variety of colors, grow it, you can plant roses, too. If you live in warm climate, grow these flowers in fall and winter. Plants for Terrace Herb Garden
The first way to get into the gardener’s skin is often begins with a pot of basil that arises near the edge of the kitchen window. Gradually, try various herbs to enhance taste of your dishes and salads. Herbs are quickest and easy to grow plants. Thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage require less watering and grows well on a sunny terrace. Basil, chive, parsley or cilantro need moderate sun and watering. Do not forget the lemon grass and mint which can be used in many cuisines and in preparation of teas. Depending on your climate and needs, you can try other herbs too on your terrace garden. Also Read: How to Grow Curry Tree Low Maintenance Succulents and Perennials There are a multitude of succulents and perennials, that push themselves to one year to another. In full sun to partial shade, most of the succulents are grown on well drained and dried growing medium, so they require little maintenance. Aloes and various cacti are low maintenance. You can grow them in small pots too. Certain grasses, sage and plants of the composite family like asters, daisies, zinnia, black eyed susan or chamomile and marigolds are possible. If you have a shady terrace facing north, look for varieties of ferns, and other shade loving plants like English ivy, impatiens and balsams. Shrubs, Dwarf Trees and Vines
If the size of your terrace garden allows, make the choice of small trees, evergreen shrubs and vines. In less sunny spot, grow camellias and rhododendrons, Japanese maples and honeysuckles, sweet autumn clematis. In full sun, grow the lemon tree, the oleanders, olive tree, a flowering virbunum, some dwarf fruits trees like apple, pomegranates, guavas, figs and even mangoes in pot (if your climate allows). Don’t forget to care about the water requirements, humidity levels and sensitivity of each plant and the rapid development of some vigorous plants, whose exuberance lead you to their too severe pruning or disposal. Pay attention to the choice of containers Pots or trays should be chosen in harmony with each plant: combining the beauty and requirements both. Traditional Terracotta pots are timeless, they retain their charm in all seasons, but it must be remembered that these pots are expensive, heavier and frost susceptible. If you do a little research and visit your nearby garden centers, you’ll find many frugal and possibilities: containers made of wood, metal, concrete and polyester resins, some flashy colored pots for darker areas.
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2017-05-23
lenny
Container vegetable gardening allows you to cultivate edibles in smallest of spaces and in this article you’ll find out easy container vegetables which you can grow on your balcony or rooftop garden. Easy Container Vegetables Beans
Most of the beans are climbers and really easy to grow. You can grow them on your balcony or rooftop garden on a trellis near a wall and within weeks, you will get a green wall of a climber running up through soft tendrils over the trellis. For growing beans you will need a spot that receives the sun in abundance, a pot that is minimum 12 inches deep and a trellis like structure for support. Since beans fix the nitrogen most of the vegetables that require more nitrogen are good to grow with them. If you’re growing beans in a very large pot you can grow summer savory, kale, and celery in the base. Tomatoes
Without a doubt, tomatoes are easiest to grow. If you receive ample sun (at least 5-6 hours) you can grow tomatoes. For this, choose a large pot that is 12 inches deep. On a limited space, growing dwarf varieties of determinate type are best. You should also try cherry tomatoes for higher yield. Read our article on growing tomatoes on a balcony. Lettuce
Growing lettuce in pots is easy. It grows up quickly and you will have the opportunity to harvest repeatedly. Lettuce is a cool season crop and you have to decide what is the right time for its growth according to your climate, usually, seeds are started in spring. But if you live in warm climate, grow lettuce in winter. For growing lettuce, choose a wide planter rather than deep (6″ deep is enough). Leave space of 4-7 inches between each plant. Remember, leaf lettuces can be grown more closely than head lettuces. Use well draining soil and do shallow and frequent watering to keep the soil slightly moist. Cucumber
Cucumbers are one of the easy container vegetables though it requires regular watering, full sun, warm temperature and fertilizer. If you have some space, instead of growing dwarf and bushier varieties grow tall, climbing varieties for higher yield. You can grow these varieties on a trellis in a large container in barely 1-2 sqft. of space. To know more about growing cucumbers vertically read our post. Peppers and Chilies
After tomatoes, peppers and chilies are easiest to grow in containers and they are most productive too. If you keep the pot in a sunny spot and provide right soil and fertilizer at the time the plant will fruit prolifically. The Large and deep pot that is minimum 12 inches deep is optimum. Pepper plants are susceptible to pests. You will have to keep an eye on aphids. Carrots
Sow the seeds of carrot varieties that are short instead of standard as they require more room to grow their roots. Choose containers that are deep enough (12″). Carrots are easy to grow in pots if you choose a right variety. Keep the plant in partial sun and water it regularly to keep the soil slightly moist, avoid overwatering. Also, carrots are susceptible to mildew so don’t wet the foliage. Radishes
Radishes are one of the quickest growing vegetables and suitable for container vegetable gardening as you can also grow them in small pots. A planter that is 6 inches deep is enough but if you are growing larger varieties use 10 inches deep pot. You can plant radishes closely, allow 3 inches of space between each plant in a wide container. Radishes are ready for the harvest in 24-60 days, depending on the variety. Peas
Peas require moist soil and cool to moderate weather to thrive. All varieties are suitable for container gardening but dwarf bushier varieties are better. A pot that is 6-12 inches deep is enough. You can grow 4-6 plants in a 12 inches wide and deep container, it depends more on the variety you are growing. Keep the potted plants in the partial sun if reach to full sunlight is not possible. Eggplant
Most of the vegetables grow fairly easy in standard size 5-gallon pot. For growing eggplant, choose a one foot deep and wide pot to provide sufficient space. Eggplant is very productive vegetable and fruits heavily if you provide it at least 6 hours of direct sun daily. Also, it is a heavy feeder like tomatoes, thus requires regular fertilizing. You have to provide support to plant by staking or caging. Simply poke a stick in the pot to help the plant when it starts to look lean. Beets
Growing beets in containers on a balcony or terrace is easy. It is a fast growing crop and you don’t need a large container for planting it. A medium sized container that is 6-8 inches deep is sufficient. The soil you use must be permeable and rich in compost. A Tip Do mulching, it also helps in container vegetable gardening. Mulch the surface of your potted vegetables with organic matter. It will reduce the process of evaporation and after the decomposition, the organic mulch will provide nutrition to plants.
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2017-05-23
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Growing vegetables in containers is possible but there are some that grow easily and produce heavily in containers. Due to this we’ve added 20 Best and Most Productive Vegetables to grow in pots. The productivity of a small garden also improves when you utilize the vertical space. Using trellis to provide support to trailing plants and vines always helps. Best Vegetables to Grow in Pots1. Tomatoes
Without a doubt, tomatoes are the most productive vegetables you can grow in pots. Tomatoes need ample sun (5-6 hours minimum). The pot size depends on the type of tomatoes you are growing. In containers, growing dwarf varieties of determinate type is best. You should also try cherry tomatoes for higher yield. 2. Beans
Most of the beans are climbers or bushier type and they grow upward. They are productive in pots and are easy to grow. You can grow them on a trellis near a wall and within weeks, you will get a green wall of beans running across the trellis. For growing beans you need a sunny place, and a pot that is minimum 12 inches deep (the bigger the better) and a strong trellis like structure for support. Since beans fix the nitrogen most of the vegetables that require more nitrogen are good to grow underneath them. If you’re growing beans in a very large pot you can grow summer savory, kale, or celery with them. 3. Lettuce
Lettuce grows up quickly and you will have the opportunity to harvest them multiple times throughout the growing season. As lettuce is a cool season crop, you’ll have to decide what is the right time for its growth according to your climate, usually, seeds are started in spring. But if you live in a warm climate, grow lettuce in winter. For growing lettuce, choose a wide planter rather than deep (6″ deep is enough). When planting, make sure to leave space of at least 4 inches between each plant. Remember, leaf lettuces can be grown more closely than head lettuces. Use well draining soil and do shallow and frequent watering to keep the soil slightly moist always. 4. Peppers and Chillies
Peppers and chillies are super productive and excellent candidates for growing in containers. They look great in pots and need a sunny and warm place to thrive. If you keep the pot in a sunny spot and provide right soil and fertilize the plant time to time it will fruit heavily. A large pot that is atleast 12 inches deep is optimum. 5. Radishes
Radishes are one of the quickest growing vegetables and suitable for container vegetable gardening as you can also grow them in small and wide pots. A planter that is just 6 inches deep is enough but if you want to grow larger varieties use 8-10 inches deep pot. Allow 3 inches of space between each plant. 6. Asian Greens
Asian greens are great crops to grow in pots as they grow fast and don’t need a lot of sun. You can grow them in shade in a spot that receives 3-4 hours of morning sun. Providing them plenty of moisture and organic fertilizer is important so that they thrive. 7. Spinach
Spinach is one of the best vegetables for containers. It grows well in partial shade and in any kind of space. Growing spinach in containers is easy too you can even grow it indoors on a windowsill. For growing spinach in pots, choose a pot that is least 6-8 inches deep. You don’t need a very deep pot rather use a wide one. Learn how to grow spinach in pots here. 8. Peas
Peas prefer moderate conditions, they are a perfect crop for container gardening and don’t require a large pot. They grow quickly without attention. You can even grow peas on a balcony. Choose a dwarf or bushier type varieties and do regular and frequent watering as peas prefer slightly moist soil. Keep the plants in a spot that receives full sun to part sun (especially in warm climates). 9. Carrots
Carrots grow best in cool weather. Carrot plants need regular watering, otherwise the roots dry out and crack. Growing this plant in containers is easy and it doesn’t take much space too. 10. Cucumber
Cucumbers are heavy feeders and require regular watering too. Grow them in a medium to large sized pot (depending on the variety) and in full sun. You can have your homegrown successful crunchy cucumbers within a few months. To learn more about growing cucumbers read this article. 11. Eggplant
Although eggplants are susceptible to many garden pests, still growing them is easy. They are heat-loving plants and need high temperatures both day and night, thus a suitable summer crop. But if you live in a warm climate you can grow it year round. Also, it is easier to maintain them in containers than in a large vegetable garden. It is necessary that you keep the pots in a full sun and feed heavily (like all other plants from tomato family– peppers, tomatoes, potatoes; eggplants are heavy feeders too). 12. Squash
Squashes are easy to grow plants. Summer squashes (Zucchini) are more productive than winter squashes. You can harvest bountiful even in containers. It is one of the most suitable crops for rooftop, balcony or patio gardeners.
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