With the snow melted and the green tips of spring's perennials popping through the dirt, you want to get out the rake and trowel and get your garden growing. Oh wait! You don't have a yard for a garden. Not to worry. Container gardening is the fix.
Whether you live in a Cambridge condo in a highrise building, a Somerville condo in a lowrise or a Charlestown townhouse you can grow a green thumb. Container gardening gives you flexibility and mobility. Containers go on rooftops, decks and balconies. They decorate walkways, porches patios and windows. You can move them from room to room.
There are a few things to consider before you head to the garden shop:
1.Plan around your space and your home's sun exposure.
2.Do you want a bunch of small containers or two large ones? Where will you place them?
3.Consider whether you may want to move them around as seasons change.
Containers allows you to experiment with several plants at once. You can plant flowers, herbs or vegetables at the same time in different areas of your home. What kind of plants will bring you the most joy? Tomatoes and basil or geraniums and lavender.
A trip to the garden center will make you want one of everything. Take advantage of the professionals who can offer you advise on what will work in your home. Once you choose the plants and the right containers be sure to start out with good soil and fertilizer. And don't forget to water.
Take a look at this video for three key tips about container gardening:
And here's a tip from Avenue 3: If your property is among the Cambridge MA condos for sale or one of the many trendy Somerville condos on the market, regardless of the season, the plants and greenery will add to the beauty, charm and value of your home!
Deborah Heffernan, principal
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