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How to Get Your Pots or Container Ready to Planting

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How to Get Your Pots or Container Ready to Planting
How to Get Your Pots or Container Ready to Planting

Hello friends your most welcome in our article i will tell you about how to prepare pots or containers for planting This forms one of the basic guidelines which will help you set up your containers or pots to make sure you’re growing in the optimum conditions And we will go over a few myths and we will try to debunk them as well So let’s get started Most Whiskey Barrel containers do not come with holes drilled in them So what you have to do is use a drill with a half inch or 1 inch drill bit And drill some holes just like that Make sure you drill enough holes And make sure you drill holes which are at fairly equal distance from each other That would make sure the water drains out from all the areas of the container And most containers should have holes pre-drilled in them As you can see here in this plastic Terracotta pot Now we need to wash the pots thoroughly especially if you are using it from the previous season.

How to Get Your Pots or Container Ready to Planting

Now some people recommend bleach or something to kill the bacteria However I think you don’t need to do that because using chemicals will not only kill the harmful bacteria but also the beneficial bacteria So just make sure you set your hose on the “Jet Spray” mode And then just spray away your container making sure everything is clean Using some kind of elevation for your containers makes drainage not only easier but it also keeps the bottom part of your container clean and free from insects So in the past it was recommended that you use stones or pebbles to improve drainage However that’s a myth – it does not improve drainage at all What you can do to improve drainage is to use a high quality potting mix that will not only improve drainage But also give you about an inch or two of extra growing space So there’s absolutely no reason to add stones or rocks at the bottom And also remember that potting mixes .

How to Get Your Pots or Container Ready to Planting

The potting soils contain a lot of porous medium like polite or vermiculite which improve drainage automatically So you do not need stones or pebbles or rocks below your container All they do is just waste space in your container Just use high quality potting mix or potting soils and you’re good to go! So once you add the potting mix or potting soil, just make sure you water well And keep watering it at least a few times and make sure it drains well and drains completely Now what’s watering going to do is that its going to remove all the air pockets in your container And make sure that you have the right amount of potting soil or potting mix in your container So if you see the soil level going down, I recommend adding a little bit more soil And then watering it again Containers dry out must faster than the soil in the ground So you need to make sure you add a nice drip irrigation system which makes sure your container has a constant level of moisture And also remember that wider the container you use, the more drip emitters you need in your container So you could either use a soaker hose which covers the entire circumference Or just use multiple emitters as you can see here So that’s all you need to know to start a great container garden And I hope you enjoyed this article  And I will see you again soon in another blog of California Gardening Until then Happy Gardening!

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