What we love about planting container gardens
- Easy to plant and maintain
- Easily move your container locations if they need more or less sun
- Low on space? Container plants are a good solution for those without garden plots.
- Container gardens have endless possibilities
No space? No problem. Commitment phobic? We've got you. Starting a container garden is easy and can be a lot of fun, too! Container gardening is great for adults and children alike. It is an ideal solution for those with limited outdoor space. You don't even need a yard to have a container garden. If you have a porch, balcony, driveway, or even a window box, you can have a container garden. Some container plants can even be successfully grown indoors.
If you're unsure where to begin, a few good items to consider for container gardening include peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, bulbs, and annual trailing flowers such as alyssum and nasturtium. Herbs are also fantastic candidates for container gardens. Keep a pot outside your kitchen door or window with fresh grown basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, or whatever herb suits your fancy. You'll be just a few steps and snips away from adding fresh herb flavor to your kitchen creations. Beyond herbs, veggies, and flower seeds, you can also grow bulbs in containers. Amaryllis, hyacinth, daffodils, and ranunculus are just a few of the many bulbs you can grow in a container.
To start your container garden, you simply need to determine what you want to grow, and gather the appropriate containers. There's no need to spend money on fancy pots if you don't want to. You can use buckets, tin cans, old bathtubs, colanders, wheelbarrows, dresser drawers, tires, milk jugs, soccer balls, even shoes! The list of creative containers is seemingly endless. Whatever vessel you select, be sure that it has proper drainage. Once you've selected your container(s), simply add the appropriate soil mixture and get to planting! The great thing about container planting is that you can easily move smaller containers around as needed, so if a spot isn't quite right, you can look for another location.
The variety that you plant will determine the time of planting as well as the specific planting instructions. Be sure to pay attention to the individual planting instructions for the contents in your container garden. When planting multiple varieties in a shared container, ensure that you group plants with similar watering, soil, and light requirements. Happy planting!