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:
- Find a place in yard that gets at least six hours a sun a day.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- I usually use bigger containers for veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, berry bushes and lettuce.
- My smaller containers usually house my herbs, edible flowers and a bevy of different peppers.
- 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.
- 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.