Nothing makes a patio more beautiful or inviting than a garden, and cultivating a thriving patio garden is relatively easy and definitely enjoyable. First, picture what you want your garden to look like in your mind, then take the steps necessary to produce your vibrant and colorful vision.
Plan For Accessibility
Patio gardening can be awkward, depending on how thoroughly you plan for it. Consider buying stands and placing them in a circle or around the circumference of your patio. This will enable quick and easy access when you tend to them, and can even add to the beauty, because you will be able to switch them around according to color and aroma. Make sure all plants will be far enough away from other patio activity, such as barbecuing and rough play with small children.
Select Plants With Similar Needs
The greatest successes in patio gardening usually occur when the plants featured all require the same amount of water, sunlight and attention. If each of them will be quite happy with the location and tending you provide, they all should bloom and flourish with the precise harmony of a seasoned orchestra. Mixing them up, however, could lead to problems in both care taking and appearance.
Ensure Adequate Drainage For Each Plant
Since you will be gardening in containers, proper drainage is essential. If too much water is allowed to accumulate and settle in the bottom of the pot, rotting will occur at the root level, most likely killing the plant.
Use rocks under your potting soil, and if necessary, make holes on the bottom of the container for sufficient drainage. Consider also where all of that water will go as it drains, making sure it doesn’t land on your favorite chaise or saturate other plants.
Consider How Much Light The Garden Will Get
Most patios have extreme lighting conditions, either too much or too little of it. Situate your plants to get the most light, according to their needs, then add things around them that will limit exposure during certain hours. For example, a plant that requires less sun should be placed where it will receive indirect light, or direct light for a short period of time. Likewise, those needing a lot of sunshine should face the sun for greater amounts of time. Although this sounds simple and logical, arranging all of your plants strategically may take some careful thinking.
Watch For Signs Of Insect Damage
Your patio garden may not see as many pests as if it were way out in the backyard, however, there will still be a population of bugs targeting your plants. Keep an eye out for the telltale symptoms, such as small holes or discoloration, and if you do see them, isolate that particular plant and treat it for the specific infestation. The beauty of this type of garden when it comes to bugs, is that everything is easily accessible and checking for unwanted visitors isn’t daunting and backbreaking. Do an insect inspection every few days, or more frequently if you’re in an area famous for its plant-eating bugs.
Patio gardening can produce fresh and delicious vegetables for your dinner table, or an eclectic array of fragrant and engaging blooms. Have a plan of action to ensure healthy plants, and enjoy every minute of your personal paradise!