container gardens
Container Garden
Just the thing you wish your mother would have told you as a kid, isn`t it? Well, now that you`re all grown up and starting a container garden, you can play in the dirt all you want. As a matter of fact, it`s a very important aspect of your container garden!

Without the proper soil, the plants you're about to put in those pretty containers won`t stand much chance of survival. Of course, the type of plants (flowers, herbs, vegetables, etc.) play a large role in what soil medium should be used. So, it`s best to consult the garden center pros to see which soils work best for which plants. But, there are several basics which apply universally.

Rather than just digging up some soil from the yard, you should make a trip to your neighborhood gardening store and pick up some good soil. The stuff we find in our yards simply doesn`t contain enough nutrients for container gardens and it's generally too dense to allow proper growth.

Generally speaking, you`ll want a fast-draining, porous soil mixture. You should choose one which contains peat, perlite, vermiculite, and shredded bark.

Poorly drained soil mixes, which are heavy, is the main reason for plant failure in container gardening. Before you place your soil in the container, it`s a good idea to add a layer of gravel or activated horticultural charcoal (found at the garden center) to the bottom of the container. This ensures that your drainage holes don`t clog and allows even better drainage for your plants.

The soil level in your container should be about one inch below the top of the container. This will make it easier to water without it running off the top. It may be necessary to add a bit more soil after it has settled. Your garden`s soil is so simple, yet so important. So, grab your gloves, get your dirt, and get messy!