Whether you have a balcony, patio, courtyard or other small space, you can still inject some green into your life. Vibrant beautiful blooms, seasonal salad greens, flavoursome fruit and garden-fresh herbs are easy to grow in pots and containers. Make the most of your small space and create an oasis full of colour and fresh homegrown delights.
1. Like building a house a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. When planting in pots or containers, choose a potting mix that is free draining and is suited to what you are planting like Tui Outdoor Container Mix specially formulated to provide the optimum balance of nutrients and water holding capacity to create ideal growing conditions for outdoor plants in pots, containers and hanging baskets.
Mix in Tui Mini Sheep Pellets to add organic matter to improve soil structure, encourage earthworms, and nourish plants.
Choose the pot or container suited to your small space. Get creative with the containers you use – you can buy pots or you can upcycle containers, just make sure they have drainage holes in the bottom.
Great options include: concrete planters, troughs, wine barrels, terracotta planters, wooden planters including retained planters on top of a retaining wall. Pallet gardens are a fun option to plant into that will add interest to your garden. Watch our Pallet Garden Gardening Hack here
Select your plants. Excellent options for your small space garden include:
- Dwarf fruit trees.
- Salad greens and herbs: mesclun, spinach, lettuce, silverbeet, coriander and basil.
- Vegetables: tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers.
- Flowers: Pansy 'Clear Rose', pansy 'Clear White', pansy 'Clear Blue', pansy 'Black Viola', alyssum.
A useful system to follow is to plant a 'Feature' 'Filler' and a 'Spiller' in larger pots. E.g. a fruit tree as the 'Feature', lavender as a 'Filler', and then a flowering plant which will 'Spill' over the edge of the pot.
Directions for planting in pots and containers:
- Fill your chosen container or planter with Tui Outdoor Container Mix.
- Before potting, soak plants in a bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic and allow to drain. This will help prevent transplant shock.
- Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the root ball of your plant.
- Gently loosen the root ball and position the plant in the planting hole. If planting multiple plants, space accordingly in the container.
- Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
- Water plants well after planting.
Feed your plants and they will reward you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your plants remain healthy. Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser is an all purpose controlled release fertiliser for potted plants. Well watered, well nourished plants will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.
Keep in mind plants grown in containers dry out quicker than in garden beds so regular watering is needed. It is best to water deeply twice a week rather than a little each day to encourage deep roots. Water in the morning or evening to avoid water evaporation.
The weather, weeds, pest insects and diseases can all impact on the success of your potted plants. Keep your pots weed free. Be vigilant and stop unwanted insects and diseases from ruining your plants.