With spring on the way (hopefully?) people are thinking about gardening. Planning an outdoor garden is wonderful if you have lots of space, but many people only have small yards...or even just a balcony or terrace.
Even if your footage is tiny, there are still plenty of ways to create a green space. Container gardening has increased in popularity as a great way to add some colour and life to your yard, deck or balcony. The Easter Sunday Leslieville Flea is a great place to find the right container for your garden! And Cubits Organics will be their selling their fantastic varieties of organic, rare and heirloom seeds.
When thinking about container gardening, keep in mind the look of your home and your own personal style. Bringing your inside aesthetic outdoors is a great way to create flow and harmony in your home. For example, if your taste is modern, choose planters in solid colours that have clean lines and strong architectural lines.
If your style is traditional or eclectic, choose containers that reflect your personal taste.
Think outside the box for the types of containers to use as well. Old wooden crates, vintage tin containers and even metal trunks can make interesting and functional planters.
Here are some how-to tips when creating a container garden:
• If the container itself doesn’t have built in drainage (hole or holes in bottom) make sure to line the bottom of your container with a few inches of gravel or stones. This will help drain the excess rainwater away from the roots and prevent root rot.
• Group your containers together for visual impact. To add extra interest, try using varying heights and sizes of containers, or using placing some containers on top of objects to vary the heights (pic of varied heights of grouped planters).
• Just as choosing a container is key, what you put into it is equally important. Soil choice is critical. Choose a very good quality soil that has peat in it as well as some sort of particulate to aid in aeration and drainage—most garden centers will sell a soil that is specifically made for container planting.
• Plan your plants! Choose flowers and foliage that will complement each other in scale, colour and bloom cycles. It’s always nice to have something blooming just as something else is dying off. Picking plants that are drought resistant is another good idea—especially if you are prone to not spending enough time with them (as I am guilty of). Succulents are a great choice (think hens and chicks and sedum) because they store water in their plant bodies and will thrive even in dry conditions.
• You can also create several different zones or clusters of containers in your space. A kitchen garden with herbs for cooking or small tomato plants set near your back door will provide a handy resource for your cooking! Nothing tastes quite like something grown in your own garden.
•You really can have a fantastic green space even if you don’t have much space to begin with. Plants add much- needed life and colour to any outdoor area. Play around with container gardening...the best thing about it is that they can easily be rearranged and you can experiment with new ideas without too much commitment.
We here at Covet Garden are pleased to have Chris Roberts and Brigid Elmy, founders of the Leslieville Flea, as guest bloggers. Visit their blog for regular news and style ideas. And and keep checking this space for more of their insights on incorporating vintage and handmade finds into your decor.