Portable garden planters are a boon to people who love gardening but have very limited space to grow them. The portable garden planters can be kept in city rooftops, balconies of apartments, driveways, patios, condominiums or in the backyard. These planters can be used to grow flowers, vegetables, fruits or herbs. Portable garden planters are available in the market where we can choose from a large range of designs and shapes. A number of lightweight models are also available. These can be easily maintained and are also portable. A few DIY enthusiasts also make their own portable garden planters.
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Its fun to grow your own fruits and vegetables in your house. Portable garden planters help achieve this task. The ready to use planters can be set up in a couple of hours and we can start planting the plants almost immediately. It is also useful for people who are not able to afford raised beds or spend a lot of money on their backyard gardens.
Apart from the traditional pots and planters, there are fabric pots available which are very convenient to use in limited spaces and also very cheap. Each fabric pot costs only $3.50. They are light weight and also easily portable and hence useful for people who are unable to carry heavy pots.
Garden Seed Planters
Garden seed planters are used for sowing plants. They making sowing easy and also saves money. There are walk behind seed planters and stab planters.
A walk behind seed planter is a machine that can place seeds in a row in a specified spacing. The planter can automatically open the soil to a specified depth, place the seed there and also cover the seed with soil. The walk behind planters has a wheel in front which moves the seed-metering cylinder or plate mechanism. It also has a hollow, wedge-like structure called a shoe to open the soil and to put the seed in the soil. The next part is the closing device which consists of chains, discs etc. which pulls the soil back over the seed. The last part is a press wheel at the rear to ensure contact between the soil and the seed. This is necessary for germination of the seeds. There are large seed planters available for large areas of gardening. For small gardens like a vegetable garden, light weight inexpensive planters are available. These are available in various models from different companies. We have to choose the right garden planter according to our requirements. These seeders are very easy to use and in one continuous operation it can open the soil, space and plant seeds and cover the soil over the seeds. It will then begin sowing the next row. These are made from rustproof materials. The depth and spacing between seeds are adjustable.
The stab-style planter is simpler and has an opener or a seed delivery tube for seed delivery and a seed-metering capability for dropping individual seeds into the tube. The operator’s foot is used to close and press the soil. Stab-Style garden seed planters are used for planting potatoes, corn, beans, pumpkins and other large seeds. Several models of this planter are available with some modifications. A number of companies manufacture the stab-style planter with some modifications and also different price ranges to choose from.
Large Garden Planters
Large garden planters are used for outdoor gardening in any space like patios, porches or any other suitable outdoor space. The planters and pots allow you to customize the garden. It allows for a lot of flexibility and creativity. A number of companies are in the business of making these garden planters in various shapes and sizes. The planters are usually made from materials like terra cotta, wood, metal, plastic, ironstone or wood. Raised garden beds can also be used to grow flowers or vegetables. Boxes can also be placed on window sills to grow flowers.
Planters have to be selected according to the climatic conditions, just as we would do to select flowers or vegetables in certain seasons. During freezing weather conditions, ceramic or terracotta planters may have to be placed inside to prevent them from cracking. Some planters may become very hot during summer and in turn, they will transfer the heat to the plants. In such cases, the planters have to be placed in shady places.
New varieties of terracotta planters are available which are frost resistant and have a central drainage hole. Extra large sizes are also available. Fiber-clay planters are very Eco-friendly as they are made by combining fiber from waste materials of pulp mills and clay. A lead-lite lacquer is applied to each pot create a lead finish. There are newer varieties of large fiberclay planters which are light and durable and frost and UV resistant. The ironstone planters are very sturdy and last a lifetime.
Some of these planters are very large in size and can house a number of varieties of trees. Some also have beautiful glazed finish for a very appealing look.
There are also polystone planters and stone fiber planters. Polystone planters come in various shapes like troughs, pillars, cubes, pots etc. Stone fibers are a combination of stone, resin and fiber. Various sizes and shapes of these planters like tall square planters and pillars are available and are popular in hotels, restaurants, theaters and also in front of the houses.
DIY Garden Planters
DIY (do it yourself) garden planters are for those garden enthusiasts who do not want to spend money buying expensive planters. They make use of the available scrap materials at home or cheap discarded materials to make their own planters to grow plants either indoors or in gardens. They make use of their imagination to create beautiful planters transforming unused or discarded objects into beautiful planters.
We shall look at some of these materials, which we can make use of to make DIY planters at home. People have made use of almost anything available to make DIY garden planters.
To start from the smallest items, small cups and saucers can be used to grow small flowers and blooms. A small hole is drilled into the cup and filled with stones and mud and the plants are allowed to grow. The saucer is placed below to prevent any water from leaking outside. These can be placed in the kitchen or on window sills.
Anne Gibson has in her website given various ideas on the DIY garden planters. Starting from toilet cisterns, to kettles, there are a number of ideas. The toilet cistern is made from porcelain and is long lasting with a built in drainage.
The kettle with a few holes can be used to grow flowers or herbs. The other objects include jars, urns, jugs and vases all of which will look very beautiful even indoors. Old lunch boxes, plastic cutlery holders (from dishwashers or kitchen sinks), and old biscuit/cookie/tea or coffee tins can all be used for growing small varieties of plants.
Wire spice racks too can be used by covering the wire with coir fiber or moss before using the potting mix. Bowls of all shapes can be used with small holes at the bottom. Even ovenware and bake ware can be converted to grow plants.
Some of the other objects that can be used as DIY garden planters are old kitchen sinks, tool boxes of all materials like metal, wooden or plastic, barrels boxes, old suitcases (these can also be used to store garden supplies), wooden crates and pallets (from which we can make different sized wooden planters), watering cans, clam shell sand-pits and wading pools. The sand-pits and wading pools have plastic walls to grow multiple plants.
So all you have to do use your imagination and get going and perfect DIY garden planters are ready to use.
Vertical Garden Planters
Vertical garden planters are useful when there is limited space to grow plants horizontally. The plants grow vertically upright. There are a number of advantages of this vertical garden. They save on space, harvesting the produce is easier, it increases production and decreases soil borne diseases and also increases beneficial bird activity. A number of plants can be naturally grown vertically on trees and walls and these can be made to grow on vertical garden planters. These structures are very simple to make and can be done at home making use of available materials.
There are a number of garden stores which sell simple structures to set up vertical garden planters. Simple poles which can be fixed to the ground for a limited number of plants to grow or Trellis are available for multiple uses. These trellises are made from wood and shaped like a box with cross-hatched tops and sides. These allow vines and plants to weave through the gaps in the wood. Some bean types and cucumber double their yields when grown on vertical garden planters. When kept above the ground, the diseases from the soil are reduced and also birds help by eating the bugs eating at the plants. Available fences or bamboo sticks can all be used to help grow plants upwards. Many flowers too can be grown vertically. The most popular vertically grown crops are beans, squash and corn. These can be planted together and grow well together. The corn provides the pole in which the beans and squash twists up and grows.
Vertical garden planters have to be kept in places with good drainage and the right amount of shade and sunlight according to the plant need. If the garden should climb on the walls of the house, they should be kept close to the wall. The stems should be toes gently around the erect structures to train them to grow vertically. AS then grow taller, they can be tied to grow I the required direction.
They are many made to order vertical garden planters available in various shapes and sizes. They are sturdy and come with many advanced features to make gardening easy and reliable.
Rolling Around Garden Planter
The rolling around garden planters are basically planters with wheels attached to them to provide greater mobility. It provides mobility for the planters and the gardeners who can easily adjust the position of these planters. These planters can easily be made at home by attaching heavy-duty swivel casters. They roll best on concrete surfaces. When filled with soil and plants, these rolling around garden planters are too heavy to move on lawns and when the surface is wooden, the casters will leave marks on the wooden surfaces. Rollers allow mobility to the garden planters when there is a need to expose the plants to more sunlight or can be moved to different locations in case of inclement weather conditions.
Rolling around garden planters are available in various sizes, shapes materials and designs including wood, metal, and plastic. This adds convenience to the planters without losing the look. Rolling planter caddies are available to keep the planters on top and move them around.
Garden Planter Ideas
Garden Planter Ideas are meant to use perfectly blending planters to suit the location and to mix and match the plants in such a way that they grow well and also look attractive. Beautiful flowering planters require the right kind of plants.
There are three types of plants classified according to the height, shape and growth of the plant. They are the tall or upright variety, the broad plants and the trailing plants. A good garden planter idea would be to mix all these types of plants in a palnter so that they look good. An alternative idea would be have one tall plant, a few small ones in the sides and ornamental grass in the garden planter to look distinctive. Also since there are different types of leaf textures like waxy, shiny, prickly or velvety. A mix of these different plants with a mix of these leaf types will also look attractive.
The next garden planter idea is to keep planters in appropriate location according to the types of plants that are grown in them. Plants that need a lot of sunlight cannot be kept in the shade and vice versa. When different types of plants are to be put in the same planter, the moisture and soil requirements of the plants and their growth patterns have to be similar since different plants require different types of soil.
Planters with different colors of flowers which complement each other can also be placed together to create a great look.
There is also a suggestion to use a cast-concrete pool for a miniature garden. These pools are ideal since they already have plumbing and holes in the bottom for drainage.
The ground where the planters are kept can also be decorated with pebbles or other objects to make them attractive.
Thus garden planter ideas include not only combining planters that suit the landscape but also mixing and matching plants to create an attractive look. This is what differentiates a fabulous looking garden from just any other garden.
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Garden Planter Boxes
Garden planter boxes can be either made easily at home or ready made boxes are available in exquisite wood and other materials which can beautify any home. Building raised garden boxes are easy. Once the place to keep the boxes is located, dig holes for the corner posts. Then center posts are cut for the long sides. Side walls are then cut and all of them are drilled into place with screws. The box is then lined with ½” hardware cloth to keep away pests and varmint by stapling it to the sides. Weed cloth is then placed on top of this hardware cloth and again stapled to the sides Planting mix is added as soil. Once this is pressed down, the raised bed garden planter boxes are ready to use. Raised bed garden planter boxes have a very good drainage system and beautiful plants can be grown on them
Recycled metal boxes like old filing cabinets can also be used as planter garden boxes. Garden bricks can also be used. The ground is first leveled and then the bricks are placed one above the other to form a wall. A thick liner or heavy duty weed liner is used inside the box. The box is then filled with good quality soil and fertilizers and then it is ready to use.
Redwood or cedar look good and are rot resistant.
Window boxes are also available. These boxes are versatile and can be placed inside or outside. They can be attached by using brackets and can be made use of to grow a
large variety of vegetables and herbs. Cedar wood is the best type of wood for window boxes.