WASHINGTON — There’s good news for green thumbs lacking green space: You don’t need a big yard to have a beautiful garden. All you need are a few containers.
Kathy Jentz, editor and publisher of Washington Gardener magazine, shares tips and best practices for starting a spring and summer garden on your patio, rooftop or balcony.
The first thing you’ll need to build a container garden: containers. And Jentz said when choosing a pot, bigger is better. She gravitates toward the 24- or 36-inch double-wall plastic pots that are designed to look like terra-cotta or stone. Jentz said the air pocket between the layers gives your garden some insulation and helps keep the heat off the root zone.
Once you select your pot, check the number of holes in the bottom. Jentz said a lot of stores will mark where the drainage holes should go, but you’ll need to do the drilling — and you might want to add a few more holes, while you’re at it.
“For a 36-inch container, one or two tiny holes isn’t going to do it,” Jentz said.
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