Gardening in Containers

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Gardening in Containers

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Planting in containers is helpful anywhere space is restricted such as for those living in an apartment. Plants in containers can also be moved around as the season progresses and brought indoors at the the end for the winter.

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Herbalism :: Growing Top Medicinal Plants Certificate

Growing your own herbal medicine is easy and allows you to have quick access to medicinal plants when you need them

02:27:23 of on-demand video • Updated November 2023

Build confidence in working with highly beneficial plants
Grow the most common and useful medicinal plants
Harvest plants for the greatest effectiveness
Use plants for ultimate health and wellbeing
Enjoy the beauty of a medicinal garden
There is a wide variety of garden types. At the most simple level, you can start out by growing your medicine to plant in containers. If you decide to expand, raised beds are a wonderful option. They are quite simple to install and have a number of benefits of their own. Medicinal plant gardens in the yard can start small and expand as you wish. They can be part of established gardens such as your fruit, vegetable or ornamental gardens. Medicinal plant gardens can even take on themes. There are so many different ideas to choose from. Let's take a look at examples of all the different garden types to help you determine which might work best for you. Plants in containers can be put on your deck patio. They are great for those that live in apartments or any where space is restricted. You can put containers right in the window inside your home. A sunny window in your kitchen is a good example. You can put containers out in a yard garden and move them around as the season progresses. The advantages of planting in containers is that you can move them indoors at the end of the season and move them back out so that you don't have to replant them. They can be long lived plants. You can use conventional pots all types of shapes, colors and sizes. You can mix these pots up or plant in other kinds of creative containers. For example you could plant in window boxes whether the window boxes were actually hung on the walls of your home underneath the windows. You can set those window boxes right on the ground or on your desk. You can plant in hanging baskets and make lovely containers. You can use those ready made fiber liners inside the hanging baskets. You can use some of those same fiber liners and the wire stands right on your deck too. Another great thing about planting in pots is that you can put them at all different kinds of heights on crates or shelves or whatever you have to make a really stunning display. It really can be quite beautiful and you can actually get a lot of plants into a really small space by container gardening. If you are growing indoors make sure that you have the south or west facing window if you are in the northern hemisphere, or north facing window or in the southern hemisphere. You can grow under fluorescent lights. They have a lot of light power to really help the plants grow. Another beauty of container gardening is that you can bring the plants indoors for the winter and continue to use them throughout that season. The plants that are brought indoors for the winter don't need very many nutrients. So be sure not to kill them with kindness. And the best part of container gardening is that they are usually very convenient too. They are either right in your kitchen or right outside your door so you are more likely to use them more often. Finally container gardening is good for those really aggressive plants such as the mints. Mint such as peppermint or spearmint especially can quickly take over an area when planted in the ground. So it is good to contain them in a container. If you do plant in a container, make sure that it has good drainage. Make sure that there are holes in the bottom of the container or the plants will become waterlogged. This prevents the roots from getting the necessary oxygen and encourages disease. You want to make sure the water can drain out of there. You can line the bottom with gravel before putting the soil in. Use a light porous soil for the actual planting. Now keep in mind that when you do plant in a container that those containers will dry out faster than if the plants are planted in the ground. You are going to have to water them more frequently especially those hanging baskets that are up in the air. You are really going to want it want to water those at least every other day.