One of the most significant events in all of human history, and certainly one that dramatically changed the course of our history, is our ability to seed and harvest plants.
This enabled us to live very different lives then was otherwise possible, and enabled advancements that not only gave us the ability to expand as people, but to expand beyond our current location as well. By planting we could have what is necessary rather than hope that there is enough. It put us in charge of our future, rather than being at the mercy of it.
Now there are many of us that like to hold on to that tradition by planting our own vegetation, whether it is for appearance or sustenance. Although the concept remains the same, plant, nourish, harvest, the methods have certainly evolved. In fact, because many of our environments are either different or not suitable for growing, it becomes necessary that some people use planters to keep their plants in.
Planters can be made out of nearly anything, from old bathroom appliances to used milk containers. Reusing old materials as an alternative to expensive planters can be a quick and cheap solution. If you are going to used items such as these for planters there are a few things that you need to keep in mind if you want to successfully grow healthy plants.
To begin with you need to have good drainage for your plants in whatever kind of planters you use. If they do not have some holes for this you will need to make some.
Secondly make sure that you keep in mind when choosing your container that you may want to transport the plant to another container or a more permanent location as it gets bigger. If this is something that you are likely to do, but choose a container that has a smaller opening at the top then it does at the bottom, then you are going to run into some difficulty when trying to get the plant out of the old container.
Third, it may be good to have an idea which direction the roots of the type of plant you are growing travel. If the roots are going sideways, or strait down, this is an area that you will want to make sure there is enough room for. Failing to do this can be very harmful to the plant.
Finally, it is important to remember that colors really do play a role in the temperature of the item, and when choosing your planters you will want to keep the color of the container and the type of plant you are growing both in mind. It is true that a container that is darker colored will absorb much more of the sun and thus dry up the moisture quicker. You can choose darker colors, but you will need to also make sure that you understand how quickly each container will need to be watered.
Remember, there are some fairly inexpensive planters on the market that are effective.
However, if you want to take a reusable approach there are a lot of great items out there to use, you just have to be cautious how you do it.
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