Simple Patio Gardening Tips
In many ways patio gardening is one of the most challenging situations to create a wildlife friendly garden and at the same time can be one of the easiest once we have a plan and without being defeatist have accepted that patio gardening may have it's limits depending what our budget is.
We just need to keep in mind the three main things that
attract wildlife to our garden, Food, Water and Shelter.
We can illustrate this with the example of a water feature, a large pond may be out of the question but an oak barrel made into a smaller pond will introduce water into the garden and attract wildlife.
The same realistic approach can be taken in regard to siting bird feeders, bird baths which we think is a must, and any nest boxes we would like to provide.
A good wildlife gardening tip is to draw out a simple garden plan for patio gardening to be successful.
Most patio's have a medium to small area, which makes drawing a simple plan all the more effective as we can then make maximum use of the space while making sure we have our sitting or eating area's.
Having our basic plan we can then record what areas receive full sun or are in shade all day. Also take note of those spots that experience partial sun and shade through the day.
Now choose your plants according to each area, these will then naturally require the same habitat demands within that area, which will help lessen maintenance time as we will be tending to sections of plants rather than individual garden pots.
Patio Container Gardening
One of the main keys to successful patio container gardening is ensuring an adequate water supply at regular intervals, the same applies to any garden pots we use with patio gardening.
Then being sure to have the right soil for the plants we've chosen. This sounds so obvious and yet how often do we see people put a lot of effort into potting up plants in nice expensive looking garden pots and being very pleased with the result only to neglect the plants on going needs - nourishment from the soil and water.
With patio container gardening we can control both
these elements practically and economically.
A simple but effective step to take right at the start of our patio gardening project is to install an inexpensive automatic watering system which will add to the success of our efforts or at least have one ready at hand to install as soon as the pots and containers are planted up. Water retaining crystals are also helpful in keeping plants watered in garden pots.
Herbs And Patio Container Gardening
Most herbs like sunshine and well drained soil, so wherever there is a sunny spot this is the place for a herb garden pot to be situated.
Depending on the space available we could also make use of a single container, or a series of different sized garden pots.
Another alternative is what is described as a herb wheel.
Whichever we choose we can create a herb section that will catch the eye and nose. Having a smaller herb garden pot to put on the kitchen window sill is an idea as well.
A Flower Garden Pot And Other Miscellaneous Garden Pots
A simple way of attracting beneficial insects is to have
a flower garden pot that's full of nectar rich flowers.
Depending on the size of garden pots or containers used keep in mind that native wild flowers do not need nitrogen rich soil.
Too much nitrogen causes grass and other plants to flourish and dominate, giving the wild flowers less chance to get established. This won't be a problem with smaller pots.
If we have some decorative pots or containers we can keep them stocked with flowers and plants with this simple tip.
Seed or plant up cheaper plastic pots that fit snugly into the decorative pots and keep replacing them on a rotation basis.
Another option is to use smaller cheap garden pots or seed sowing or planting modules and when the plants mature to the right size replant them directly into the decorative pot or container.
This is a simple way of keeping colour when patio gardening!
If there is a place for it, a cold frame or a small mobile greenhouse will prove very useful with this system to keep your patio garden looking bright and colourful.