15 Pots and Containers for Terrace Garden Design
A Terrace Gardener should know the selection of the containers while designing a terrace garden.
Wrong selection of pots leads to the poor growth of the plants, and Terrace gardening becomes expensive in changing the pots and might lead to dissatisfaction.
Small pots are preferred for indoor but maybe not a good choice for Terrace garden. These pots can accommodate less soil and hardly suits any type of crop on the terrace. The small spacing in the pot doesn’t allow the roots to grow and there is a chance of soil getting dried very fast.
MEDIUM SIZE POTS
Choose medium size pots with 12 Inch Dept for plants which take 3 to 4 months to yield.
Empty Paint Buckets can be a good choice for plants which takes 5 to 6 months to yield. Longer the duration, bigger should be the size of the container.
Plants which live more than 2 years like Banana, Papaya can also be grown on Terrace. Such plants grow tall and need a larger space and depth should be at least 5-6 feet. Gallon drums can be a right choice.
Earthen Pots allow better root aeration and will give your terrace garden a natural look. These pots are bit cheaper and will be available in the nearby nurseries. Earthen pots are fragile, prefer not to move the pots once placed.
Not a good choice for relocation. As these pots tend to break easily.
The Plastic & Fiber containers are rugged and will be a good choice for the terrace. They are easy to handle and preferred for those who relocate frequently.
On the flip side, these containers are bit expensive and the chance of breakage if kept wet always.
COCONUT FIBER POTS
Coconut fiber pots give a Natural look and will be a good choice if you are particular about aesthetics of your terrace garden design.
These attractive pots are bit expensive though.
Metal tins are strong and perfect for the terrace. These are heavy and can be a good choice for perennial plants, depending on the size of the containers.
However, Metal tins get rusted soon with soil and water.
Thermocol boxes are durable and perfect for the terrace garden. But, maybe not be a good choice for those who relocate frequently, as these boxes break when moved with the soil and plants in it.
DARK COLOUR POTS
Dark colour Pots gets heated up under direct sun. Maybe its not a good choice for Terrace Garden.
However, these pots can enhances the indoor decor.
You cannot replace a kitchen garden on the ground when you are moving it to the terrace gardening. But you can still create wide wooden beds for short duration plants like leafy vegetables.
Wooden is an insulator and doesn’t get heated up even on hot summer. Probably a good choice for those who live in hot regions.
Try to maintain 6 – 12 inch dept while you are building a wooden bed, do not forget to give inner plastic lining to avoid leakage of water from everywhere.
The concrete bed is an alternative to Wooden boxes. These are strong and durable in any type of climatic conditions.
Maintain 12-inch depth and put an inner plastic liner at the bottom of the beds to avoid water leakage through your terrace.
GALLON BARREL DRUMS
Barrel Drums are perfect for the terrace, they can be used horizontally and can also be cut to half and used vertically.
BIG PLASTIC BAGS / GUNNY BAGS
We generally tend to throw away the gunny rice bags after use. These can also be used on your terrace gardening of short duration plants.
Bottles can also be a great asset if used efficiently.
If you are very particular about ecstatic of your terrace garden by systematic and uniform containers. Attractive and costly containers of different types are available in the market.
Terrace gardeners need not spend a lot on containers. Available Boxes, Bottles, and Tins etc of different types and sizes can be used for gardening. Empty paint tins, Wooden boxes, Rexine Bags, PVC pipes, Halved Plastic Cans, Big Water Bottle, Thermacol Boxes and even an Old Fridge may be a good container for your terrace gardening.
Old containers of different types are available at dry waste collection center of the municipality. We also get it at Scrap and paper malts.
Hope you find this article informative, Happy Gardening!