Gardening isn’t just for people with big backyards – as long as you have sufficient access to water and light you can cultivate a garden pretty much anywhere, including on your patio or porch. In this blog, we impart some useful knowledge designed to help your patio garden thrive.
Drainage is important
Potted plants like succulents, cacti, flowers and even small trees are perfect for patio gardens, however they, like all plants, still need sufficient water drainage. Before potting your plants, you’ll need to make sure that your chosen pots or containers have sufficient drainage holes (both in size and number) at the bottom. If not, you may need to add more or widen the holes. Without sufficient drainage, soil becomes too wet after watering, which can cause the roots of your plants to rot, eventually killing the whole plant.
Plants need light
It’s very easy to overestimate how much light your patio garden will get, so it’s best to do your research by using a sun calculator to determine the exact amount of sun your garden will get. Once you’ve figured this out, you should buy plants that suit the calculated amount of light. Position your plants so that their exposure is maximised, and be prepared to move them when the seasons, and the direction of the light, changes.
Potted plants require a bit more care than ground plants, as potted soil isn’t nutrient rich like ground soil. Feed your plants with a quality fertiliser once or twice a week to supplement their nutrients and promote growth.
Your garden should fit your lifestyle
Container gardening can require a fair amount of work, so you’ll need to design your garden according to your lifestyle. If you don’t have much free time on your hands, consider down-scaling the size of your patio garden and invest in low maintenance plants. If you’ve got limited funds to build your patio garden, hunt for bargains and buy plants and pots from garage sales, be on the lookout for free cuttings and purchase plants that require little water to keep your bills manageable.
By following these tips, along with regularly tending to your plants, you should have a flourishing patio or balcony garden in no time. Prestige Concrete build beautiful concrete patios across Melbourne, and will expertly design you a patio with enough room and sun exposure for you to start your own container garden.