Few things are more fulfilling than watching those tiny seeds you planted not long ago gently sprout into healthy vitamin-rich food for you and those you care about. Unfortunately, not everyone has a large backyard with soil suitable for producing veggies in today’s world. Some of us don’t even have a yard! Even the tiniest patio, back porch, balcony, or doorway, however, can accommodate a lovely and productive container garden.
You probably have one or more plants in a container if you like plants. Most people consider the aesthetic and size of the planter, as well as allowing for plant development and ensuring appropriate drainage when selecting garden pots and planters. However, the choice of the container must be evaluated because not all planter materials are created equal. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of common planter kinds.
- Clay pots
Because clay is permeable, air can pass through the pot walls. Because it is porous, it wicks moisture out through its walls, allowing the soil to dry out faster than pots made of plastic. This is a benefit if you have a habit of overwatering your plants, but it is also a downside because it necessitates more frequent watering than other planters. Clay pots feature thick walls that prevent abrupt temperature changes in the soil. However, clay retains heat for a longer period of time than other planter materials. Depending on your situation or plant requirements, this could be a benefit or a negative.
- Concrete planters
Concrete planters are extremely sturdy and can last for a long period. They have strong walls that allow for less temperature variation in the soil than other types of planters. Concrete planters, on the other hand, are exceedingly heavy and difficult to transport. Hypertufa, a blend of Portland cement, perlite, and peat moss, is a lighter option. Plus, making/molding your own hypertufa planters is simple.
- Metal pots
These long-lasting pots are made of a variety of metals, including aluminum, galvanized steel, and cast iron. Thin metal planters can dent, but they won’t break or crack. Cheaper metal rusts quickly as well. In metal pots, the sun may dramatically heat up the soil, potentially injuring plant roots. Some metals are poisonous and should not be used in edible plants. If the pot is nonporous, check sure it has proper drainage.
Avoid planters made of wood pressure-treated with copper arsenate if you want to grow edible plants since the copper arsenate could leach into the soil. Avoid utilizing wood that has been painted with lead-based paint. Also, find out whether the wood has been treated with any chemicals to ensure that it is suitable for growing edible plants.