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10 Tips for Making a Container Garden

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I started container gardening about a year ago; it was an obvious choice since we were relocating frequently and I did not want to put in the time & money into building garden beds, etc.  This choice made it convenient if I needed to move our garden at a moment’s notice.  I realized I could grow just about any type of vegetable or fruit in my containers while saving a ton of money & time.

10 Tips for Making a Container Garden:

  1. Find a place in yard that gets at least six hours a sun a day.
  2. Choose a good potting soil and compost  (in my next post I will show you how to make an inexpensive compost bucket). These two items along with choice of containers will insure the success of your garden.
  3. Now it is time to choose your container:  I love Goodwill and have picked up several containers for very little money.  They not only carry your standard pots, they also have an infinite selection of unique containers.  Here is a list of containers you may already have in your home.
    • Colanders ( they come in so many amazing colors now)
    • 2 Liter Bottles (our kids loved making mini herb gardens)
    • An old bird cage
    • cupcake pans
    • reusable grocery bags (love these too because of the pop of color they add to any garden. I would use these for fruit bushes).
    • Hats and old purses can add a little vintage style to your garden.
  4. When you make your choice make sure your container has proper drainage.  If not you can add it pretty simply with a screwdriver, X-ACTO Knife or paring knife. (items you should already have in your home)
  5. It’s time to plant! Elect to use vegetables and fruits that grow local; find a local nursery or farmer that sells seedlings. You can usually haggle in these situations unlike in your big box stores (you might even find a great new container there too). Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
  6. Once you get home it’s time to collect all your containers, check their drainage, make sure they are clean and ready to receive your perfect little plants.
  7. I usually use bigger containers for veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, berry bushes and lettuce.
  8. My smaller containers usually house my herbs, edible flowers and a bevy of different peppers.
  9. Some other advantages to container gardening is if inclement weather strikes it will not destroy all your hard work. If a storm is headed your way or if there is an early freeze you can bring your containers inside your garage or home.
  10. Lastly, have FUN and enjoy your fresh scrumptious homegrown veggies!

Container gardening is for expert gardeners or the novice; it’s all about how much time and energy you would like to commit.  You can get started with very little money and save a ton while providing your family with fresh, clean, wholefoods. If you are looking for more gardening tips, check out these 10 Tips for Fall Gardening.

Thank you for sharing!