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Utilising Troughs and Planters for Gardening

Category : Garden

Although gardening is a pleasure and joy to many, to others it can be much more difficult to achieve the desired results – for a number of reasons. Firstly, there may be forces out of their control working against them – bad weather, the wrong kind of soil or simply not having the time to commit to such a long-term project.
In times like these, there is a solution! Using containers, planters and troughs for gardening is an easy, versatile way of adding some life and colour to your garden without needing to spend hour after hour, week after week preparing and maintaining the entire garden.
This method also works wonderfully well for those with limited space – think balconies, rooftop gardens, boxy, paved yards and doorsteps.
As well as being ideal for those with limited space, utilising containers is an easy way to make gardening easy for the amateur or novice gardening, venturing out into a green-fingered world. As the containers can be picked up and worked on at height, they won’t cause any of the aches and pains that gardeners so often get.
Finally, the containers and planters are easily moved around, changing the entire aesthetic and visual appeal of your garden in moments.
The Benefits of Moveable Gardening
Troughs and Planters are a great alternative to raised beds that require a little more time, dedication and money to achieve your goal. Raised beds require digging and building and are a little more costly, so if you’re looking to make a big impact on a smaller budget, then a trough could be ideal for your needs.
Another benefit of using troughs and planters is that it keeps your pets out of the foliage. With no bunnies nibbling on leaves and no cats or dogs marking their territory, your plants and flowers will thrive!
You can vary the size and height with ease, creating a very aesthetically pleasing garden arrangement that isn’t restrictive to your imagination and creativity. It is also important that you consider your arrangement from all angles as it might not look as attractive from the side, or it might appear entirely different from inside your home.
Top Tips
• Ensure your planters and containers are ready for drainage. Drill holes in the bottom where necessary and arrange so that the water can drain away easily
• Line your planters well to ensure correct drainage – at least three inches of gravel and some fine mesh to prevent soil wastage is ideal
• Keep the soil moist as they can dry out in warmer weather – but not too wet as it can kill the plants
• Longer containers and troughs are great for growing vegetables like carrots, too!
• Planters warm up easily – which makes them ideal for growing tomatoes and peppers
With so many opportunities afforded to you by making use of these dynamic and resourceful containers, your garden will never feel as fresh and vibrant!