Containers & Garden Sheds
Containers: I've never had much success finding a comprehensive, authoritative site on container gardening. The links below are helpful, but there is not one site on the list that will tell you everything you need to know. There are probably two reasons for this. First, container gardening is not rocket science. With the exception of a few basic requirements (good soil, an adequately sized pot, adequate light, water and nutrients), there is not a lot to worry about. Second, container gardening is more of a trial and error endeavor - just do it, build upon what works and throw out the rest. So take a look at the material in the links below and, once you get a rough idea of what is necessary, go out to your local gardening center and get started. Be prepared for some failures, but you'll soon get the hang of it and will be blessed with some beautiful surprises. Here are some images to get you inspired.
Probably the best resource I've found: Annie's Annuals Video on Container Gardening. It's a great video.
- 50 Ideas for Container Gardens (fix.com)
- Container Gardening (West Virginia University)
- Container Gardening (ask.com)
- Container Gardening (HGTV)
- Container Gardens
- Container Garden Guru
- All Planters
- Enhancing Your Lanai, Balcony, or Patio with Container Plants (University of Hawaii)
- Fertilizing Container Plants (HGTV)
- Guide to Container Gardening (gardenguides.com)
- Eight Rules for Creative Container Gardens
- Growth Media for Container Grown Ornamental Plants (UF)
- How to Repot Container Plants
- Houseplants - Cleaning, Fertilizing, Containers and Light Requirements
- Minigardening (Growing Vegetables in Containers)
- Successful Container Gardens
- Vegetable Gardening in Containers
- If you are into whimsy or have an acre of space to work with (and a corresponding budget) see the pictures from Better Homes and Gardens on garden sheds.
- Not to be out done Sunset Magazine has a similar page on garden sheds.
- And the same for HGTV.
- Two students, Grace and Claire, as part of their class assignment forwarded me this page on comparing garden shed materials. Thanks for the link!
- For the ultimate challenge, you can build your own shed.
- Also, consider putting in a solid base to support the shed.
Garden Sheds: The other problem is what do you do with all the extra containers, the bags of dirt, your garden tools and all the other knick knacks that seem to appear in your garden? If you have the room, your thoughts will turn to garden sheds: