Garden Planters in a Desert

If you live in a desert or another arid part of your country, you have likely come across e few of the patterns when attempting to grow vegetables on your own. Be patient. Organizing desert garden planters can be a rewarding & fulfilling venture if done correctly. Different in practice compared to gardening in tropical or temperate climates, there are certain aspects to consider when planting in drier areas, encompassing what to plant, what amount of water to give to plants and so on and so forth.

Following are some helpful tips to provide you with a kick-start:

•    Water – Obviously, it goes without saying that watering sufficiently is crucial in a dry, hot climate. Desert garden planters require much more watering, not only because the high temperatures dry out the soil more swiftly, but also these regions receive less rainfall, and what rainfall does come does not last in the topsoil, it rather sinks down into the ground and away from the strong, harsh sunlight, making it that much more tough for plants to thrive naturally. 

•    Drainage - Make sure you install a proper drainage system, when setting up your garden planters, else water will be trapped inside & damage the plants. Also, think about where to place the planters, outside or inside, in shade or sun. As a law, vegetables do best under direct sunlight but consult the precise instructions for every variety just to be on the safe side. Also, unique to desert climatic conditions are the spring winds that can be disastrous on easily broken saplings. If the wind is an issue, invest in a windbreak, or you can place garden planters in an area that is alee. 

•    Soil - Because the soil in desert environments is more often than not lacking in nutrients and simultaneously has a higher concentration of alkaline & salt, planters are useful as you can create & maintain the soil in a synthetic manner. Most of the vegetables are annuals & so only have limited time to produce firm root structures which can support the stem and at the same time take in nutrients for its fruit & bloom, so it is very important to get it right the very first time. Peat-based mixtures & other nutrient-rich soil which is mixed with fertilizers works well, however, whatever you make use of, make sure that it contains nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Garden planters help a great deal in taking care of the soil artificially. 

•    Climate & Altitude - Climate & altitude are two important factors for planting. In deserts, the temperature is more often than not hot & dry during the day but might get very cold at night. Also, the higher altitudes are cooler & poorer in oxygen. That is not to say that things will not grow, but try & choose plants which grow better under such conditions. 

•    Growing Season & Garden planters - Knowing when to do planting & when to do harvesting is significant to follow, and this will differ by region. For case in point, in many places, the general thumb hand rule is to plant after 15th May. However, in other regions, the last frost comes considerably sooner. For case in point, in some places, the time to plant is close to 26th March, while in other locations it is not until 13th April. Knowing how long the ‘growing season’ is in your area also affects what you decide to plant. For case in point, okra & watermelon, which have longer growing seasons, will not grow as well in higher elevation regions. On the other hand, kale is a cool weather plant which suffers a great deal in very hot conditions. 

•    Pests & Garden planters - As far as the occurrence of insects and pests, deserts are pretty lucky. Unlike the other climates, there are fewer insects in the desert, though to be certain there are a few. Also, small rodents & hares will try & eat the plants, so if you have issues with this, try making use of planters which are elevated on stands or attached to windows. For insects, make use of a mild pesticide or bring Garden planters inside, but do not forget to wash the vegetables properly before ingesting. 

•    Varieties of vegetables - For some of the ideas on what vegetables to plant, following are two lists. The first list has the plants that grow well at a cooler temperature, and the second list has plants that grow well in hotter climatic condition. 

If you plan to plant in early spring or reside at a higher altitude having a cooler temperature, some hardy vegetables include the following: 

1) Broccoli

2) Brussels Sprouts

3) Celery

4) Lettuce

5) Spinach

6) Onions

7) Peas

8) Radishes 

Once the very last frost has passed and the temperature is higher than before, you can move on to the vegetables below and plant them in Garden planters: 

1) Pumpkins

2) Squash

3) Eggplant

4) Okra

5) Peppers

6) Melons

7) Tomatoes

8) Cucumbers

9) Beans 

With the arrival of the spring season and the fading chances for frost, the desert gardeners have the liberty to become adventurous with their plant choices, mainly in containers. The annual flowers are the most widespread category of plants for outdoor planters, but take into consideration other options - You can grow succulents (such as the euphorbias & kalanchoes), experiment with the bold palms, create full, sturdy pots with the woody shrubs, and dazzle with the sculptural cactus.

The ‘yard of homes’ has long been the pride of the owner, and one fantastic way to add more interest to your outdoor space is with the addition of garden planters. You will find that various modern homes have built-in planters in areas such as the balcony or the entrance way. In today's yard, they’ve become an all the rage decor and a decor that not only adds panache & quality but, a matchless welcoming effect that proffers appeal & comfort.

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