Holes in the pots are meant for draining out excess water. So yes they are needed.
But it is absolutely fine to have a pot without hole. In such cases you have to be careful enough not to water too much as the water would get accumulated in the bottom of the pot. Excess stagnated water near the roots is detrimental to the roots. Hence you have to be cautious enough that the water doesn’t get accumulated.
If you’re wondering how do you know how much water is enough for the plants.. you’ll have to wait for my next post 😉
So choose any kind of the pot you like – with or without holes!!
Many people ask me what type of Pot/container should they use for gardening. What should be the size of pots? Should it be a plastic or clay(mud) pot?
So before we decide what should be the size of the pot, we should know what we are planting. In case you haven’t decided, there is only one way of deciding the best pot – THE BIGGER THE BETTER.
Second, it always beneficial to use one wider & bigger pot than two smaller pots! It better to get one rectangular pot as indicated in the image below (Right) and have multiple plants than have multiple single pots!!
Next big question – what material should it be comprised of? I do prefer the plastic ones. They have many advantages over the clay, mud or ceramic ones! They are light in weight, hence easy to carry and move. They are flexible, hence less chance of breakage. For the ones who would like to use recycled stuff for Pots and Containers, click here.
You can use smaller pots or recycled plastic bottles for growing herbs and leafy veges!!
Coriander at reemasgarden in a plastic water bottle.
If you’re wondering why do YOU need to pot the plant when the Maali (Gardener) can do it for you, click here.
So here’s how I pot my plant.
Disclaimer: There is no right or wrong way to do it. I am expounding a few methods which have worked extremely well for me.
Scenario #1: Planting in Big Pots For Flowering & Fruiting Plants
Pots of Size 6″ and above. By 6″ I mean that the height of the pot is 6″ or more.
Scenario #2: Planting in Big Pots For Non Flowering Plants
If you’re planting non-flowering plants like Palm or money plant, you can fill your pot using any soil and dry cow-dung manure/vermi-compost in a ratio of 1:1.
Scenario #3: Planting in Small Pots For Flowering Plants
If you’re potting small plants that require containers smaller than 6″ I would suggest using only organic compost to pot the plant. No Soil at all. (The plant that you purchase will have enough of soil in it. So utilize the remaining space in the pot for adding compost)
Scenario #4: Planting in Small Pots For Non Flowering Plants
Here, you can use vermi-compost and soil in the ratio 1:1 to pot the plant.
Scenario #5: Sowing Seeds in Big Pots
This scenario refers to your vegetable garden. Here you have to prepare your vegetable bed/planters/Containers in the same way as mentioned in Scenario #1. The only difference is, when you’re filling your top 25%, use vermi-compost and soil in the ratio 1:1.
Scenario #6: Sowing Seeds in small Pots
If it is a flowering plant, fill the pot with organic compost and soil in the ratio 1:1
If it is non-flowering plant, like your herbs and leafy vegetables, fill the pot/container with vermi-compost and soil in the ratio 1:1
Where to get the Compost
As far as cow-dung manure is concerned, I would suggest you source it from your local Dairy farm (Tabela). It is one of the cheapest and best manure for plants. To know more about Cow-dung manure click here.
You can prepare your Organic compost at home. Click here to know how to prepare your compost at home.
Alternatively, You might also want to check out the ready to use potting mix available! Click on the images to know more!
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Now that you have decided which type of Garden you’ll be creating, let’s proceed to create one! In case you missed the article on different types of Garden that you can create, click here!
Where to Begin:
Factor in the space available in your Balcony/Terrace
Also check the hours of sunlight available
Decide on the type of Garden that you want to create/Design
Decide on the number of plants you’ll like to have
Decide exactly where and how you’ll place them. Positioning is the key! While deciding the position of each plant see to it that you’re placing plants that require sunlight in a spot that receives maximum sunlight and the shade loving plants on the other end.
Pots are the first ones to grab the attention of the onlookers! And probably Yours too!
As I said, positioning is the key! Place the plants in proper hierarchy or Patterns.
Climbers/creepers, especially flowering ones, add a lot of beauty. Do give it a shot. I realized it too late! Now working on them. If you have climbers, you can have simple pots as the climbers end up covering the entire pot! So climbers are the best way to conceal anything. Just place them in front of the wall you want to conceal along with a trellis and there you are! They are magical. You just need to put in little efforts to train them.
Garden decor – click here to know how to decorate your garden.
5 Best Picks For Your Balcony/Terrace:
You can always go for simple terracotta pots. But here are my 5 best picks that will help you give your Balcony/Terrace a perfect facelift! You can click on the images for more details.
This stand fits in both as a corner piece or against a wall. You can even think of keeping it indoors!
If you want to add a touch of exquisiteness to your Garden, these planters would just say it all!
If you have a space crunch you can definitely think about going for this one! I have a complete article dedicated to vertical garden. Click here to know more about vertical Gardens.
If you would like it colorful, go for these ones
Lastly, my favorite, simple and sweet one! When placed in a row, they tend to give a nice classified look!
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