28 May Container Gardening for the Beginner
A container garden is a perfect way to enjoy fresh flowers, herbs and produce if you don’t have access to land for planting. Containers are manageable, low maintenance and save space. Here are some of our favorite tips that can help even the blackest thumb produce plants from a container garden:
Step One: Picking Your Containers
Pots can be very cheap and are a great way to get really creative in your garden and add a personal touch. Greenhouses sell 5 gallon tree buckets at a low cost. You can also go the DIY route, and use old cat litter containers, buckets lying around or anything really! When choosing the size of your pots, look at the labels on the plants that you have purchased.
Step Two: What to grow?
Here are some of our favorite container plants:
1. Strawberries – You want these in a container anyway, because they tend to overtake other plants. These are so pretty on a porch and grow easier than you may think!
2. Mint – another plant that should be contained, otherwise it takes over and you will be up to your ears in mint. Mint grows fast! So, get your mojito recipe ready. Pair the strawberries and mint together for one great drink.
3. Any herbs! Examples: Basil, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Rosemary, Chives, Dill.
4. Tomatoes –All varieties work, but grape and cherry tomatoes are great in containers. Add a cage to support them as they grow.
5. Peppers – Bell peppers are great, but you can also add a little heat with jalapenos, habaneros, and cayenne.
6. Our favorite: Flowers! Flowers make your container space look lovely! Plant low growing flowers like petunias, which will beautifully fall down the side of the containers. You can also plant tulips, edible flowers, and pretty much anything! Get creative with containers here to add your own look and feel.
Step 3: Soil and planting
This depends on where you live, but for containers you can uses a basic gardening soil mix from your local gardening center. Always remember that the containers need adequate drainage. If your pots don’t have holes, simply drill holes in the bottom of the pots before filling with soil.
Step 4: Plant Care
Once you plant, water everything well. Now, relax and watch everything grow! Water when the soil is dry, but don’t drown your plants! For delicate plants and herbs, use a spray bottle so you don’t break your plants or wash them away. Tip: Veggies need a lot of sunlight so place them where your home gets the most sun. Check your plant labels for tips on sunshine, every plant is different.
We hope these tips will help you gain the confidence to start a container garden, even if you start with just one plant! Leave your expert tips or questions in the comment section!