With the increasing number of reasons to grow your very own pot garden, you may be wondering where and how to start. Here’s a more in-depth look on its fundamentals and a few benefits:
To start with, it is highly recommended to recycle common household items instead of purchasing brand new pots. For this reason, its alternative name “container gardening” is more popular. Furthermore, keep in mind that the appropriate size of the containers varies between plants. However, as a general rule, it’s best to choose bigger containers as their smaller counterparts may not be able to store as much water as necessary for your plants to survive hotter days. Oftentimes, you can start your pot garden with a few barrels, baskets, buckets, and other boxes with drainage holes below them.
Choosing the right kind of soil may be slightly tricky when you first start cultivating your container garden. For most individuals with access to soil from a garden, that may be a reasonable starting point. However, in some scenarios, it may be better to invest potting soil as garden soil may clog your containers and prevent water from draining properly.
Depending on your source, some potting soil may come pre-mixed with fertilizer. However, one cost-effective alternative to purchasing your own fertilizer is to learn how to manage your own compost pit. Learn more about the difference between active and passive composting and take your gardening a step further.
As the country continues to recover and resolve issues brought by the coronavirus pandemic, Filipinos are highly encouraged to contribute in our own ways. In fact, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, “We need to explore all strategies to ensure that food productivity, availability, and sufficiency is attained, particularly in this challenging time.” This being said, individuals interested in free vegetable seeds can contact the DA-BPI Office through their tel. nos. (02) 8525-7313 or 8524-0837. Alternatively, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Container gardens, fortunately, don’t require much space, making them great investments for individuals living in highly urbanized areas. For example, in situations where surface areas are more limited than usual, you can get creative and hang a few containers from your ceiling. In addition to this method’s practicality, the plants now also provide the added benefit of livening up and refreshing your home. Alternatively, you can also mount your containers on a wall and create a variety of designs.
When done right, and with the proper mindset, container gardening can cost you little to nothing at all. Dino Calderon, for example, shares that they started the process with seeds. He then continues to say, “Sinimulan ko na wala akong bibilin, wala akong ginagastos.” Keep in mind that while Calderon initially started container gardening in order to test the feasibility of the idea, he has since been able to care for a shrub that turned nine years old in 2017.
And above all else, it’s worth noting that others like Pancho Villanueva even find fulfillment tending to their urban garden for at least an hour each day. He says, “There’s the perpetuation of life and the symbiosis na you take care of it, and it takes care of you.”
What Will You Plant?
Oftentimes, pot gardening is widely recommended for individuals who are interested in growing their own food. However, individuals who are more interested in ornamental plants are also encouraged to participate in the activity in order to cultivate their green thumbs. Let us know what you’ll cultivate!