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Do you have some pointers on how to easily start an indoor "garden" for someone in a nursing home?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

My neighbor, who always worked outside in his yard, is now confined to a dementia ward in the local nursing home. He still responds to plants, trees, leaves etc. I did take him some bare branches in water off my corkscrew willow tree which have now leafed out and he likes that. What else can I do? I’m thinking of taking small pots full of potting soil and helping him start seeds, (coleus comes to mind as they could be transplanted and used as houseplants.) Do you have any other ideas? Obviously we are limited on space (there is a large windowsill in his room). Could we grow any vegetables? Thank you for any suggestions.

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How Do I Go About Container Gardening?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Gardening is for homeowners with lots of property, and farmers out in the country, right? Actually, that’s not true at all, though many people make the mistake of thinking so. Container gardening makes it easy for nearly anyone to enjoy the thrill of growing their own flowers, produce, and herbs, without having to own a lot of land. Whether you live in a small apartment and grow a few herbs in pots on the windowsill or balcony, or you decide to grow plants in garden containers on your home’s back patio, you can make the most of your green thumb. Here’s a look at a few things you should think about.

First, remember that soil is important when you grow in garden containers. After all, your plants won’t be able to stretch their roots wherever they like. You’ll need to provide them with all the nutrients they need to grow. That means starting with a good quality potting soil, or a compost enriched topsoil. This, plus judicious fertilization, will help keep your plants healthy. Remember not to over fertilize, though – you could end up with plants that become sick from too much of one nutrient.

You’ll also need to look at container size. You’ll usually want to buy larger than you think you need, especially at first. A plant may look small in the garden center, but how much space will it take up when it’s fully grown? Consider the final size of all the plants you’re growing in your containers. If you’re going to grow perennials that don’t take frost well, you’ll also need to think about whether you can use those containers. Some very large garden containers can be set up on wheeled dollies to help you get them where they need to go.

Water is another important factor in container gardening. Unfortunately, potted plants dry out pretty quickly. That means that you’ll need to water more often than you would if the same plants were in the ground. In most cases, you’ll want to keep the soil moist, not sopping or dry feeling. Be sure to adjust your watering schedule to the type of plant you’re growing, and the dryness of the outside air. That will help you end up with a healthier plant.

Container gardening can actually be pretty easy. It’s not exactly the same as growing a plant in the soil, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Just take a little bit of time to learn about the plants you’re planning to grow and what they need. You’ll be enjoying the results of your well contained green thumb in no time! If you have a windowsill, you can have a garden. Take the time to find out more about the fun world of container gardening, and see what a difference it can make. 😉

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