Maybe your yard does not offer enough room to plant everything you would like, or perhaps you are using containers to dress up your porch, patio, or deck. Either way, container gardening is a fun and an easy way to create beautiful and of course edible plants and flowers for yourself and your family.
The beauty of container gardening is that it gives you a lush garden look where you may not be able to plant directly in the ground. Sometimes the ground is just too hard or you may just want to use containers to dress up an area. They provide fresh herbs, veggies, and flowers right at your fingertips with less need for bending over, weeding, and other maintenance that ground gardening needs. If you are new to the wonderful world of container gardening I have gathered some tips, tricks, and ideas to make your container garden a success!
Container Gardening 101
- To keep your containers light and easy to move around( not to mention saving money on potting soil) fill half the pot with crushed boxes, styrofoam, balled up newspaper, or something similar before adding the soil and plant. This also aids in drainage.
- Place an uncooked unbroken egg in the bottom of your pot, as it breaks down it will provide fertilizer as it decomposes.
- Use clean diapers in the bottom of your pots and hanging baskets to help hold in moisture. Containers dry out much faster than ground plantings. Just open the diaper, lay with inside facing up, then add soil.
- Herb gardens are perfect for planting in containers. Try them out in stacked pots or a strawberry pot to create height.
- Make sure your containers have great drainage. A pot full of water can quickly grow mold on your plants. Avoid this by making sure the pots have holes and a layer of rock
- Hole punch and keep all your plant care tags on a keyring for quick and easy reference.
- Fertilize your containers every month.
- Repot/switch out soil every year if possible.
- Do not use garden soil in containers, rather you should opt for potting soil for best results (it is also much lighter).
- Go vertical by stacking planters, hanging baskets, and using window boxes to maximize your space.
- Succulents are perfect for containers, just make sure they have adequate drainage holes as they prefer drier soil.
- Many vegetables thrive in a container. Some of the ones that fare the best are tomatoes, chili peppers, salad greens, radishes, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Get some more details on growing vegetables in containers here.
- Go for unusual containers like children's toys, trucks, wheelbarrows, etc. You can find more ideas in this post about upcycled planters for container gardening.
What is your favorite container gardening tip?