We started container gardening about three years ago; this style of gardening was the perfect choice for our family since we were relocating so frequently. By switching to container gardening, we could move our garden at a moment’s notice. There are a few limitations when choosing to container garden, but we found we could still grow most of our favorite fruits, herbs, and vegetables.
Here are some easy steps to get started:
- Find a place in your yard that gets at least six hours of 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).
- Now it is time to choose your container: I love to find my containers in thrift stores and garage sales I have found standard pots, but I have also have located an endless selection of unique containers.
If you’re like me and ordinary is boring I recommend looking around your home for containers too.
I just love these containers you can write the fruit or veg name on them with chalk. Super affordable too!
Here’s a list of Fun containers you may already have in your home:
- Colanders ( they come in so many amazing colors these days)
- 2-liter bottle ( our kids loved making mini herb gardens)
- An old birdcage
- Cupcake pans (you will have to drill a small hole in the bottom; this one of my favorite ways to grow indoor herbs)
- Reusable grocery bags (love these too because of the pop of color they add to any garden. (these a wonderful to use when planting small fruit trees)
- Hats & old purses can add a little vintage style to your garden.
I could go on forever, but I am sure you get the point; be creative! Even if you decide to go for the standard looking pot; try adding some flare with paint, flashy duct tape or even stickers. Have fun with it!
Preparing your Containers:
When choosing your container to make sure it has proper drainage; this helps your plant grow properly. If it does not you can add it pretty simply with a screwdriver, Exacto 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).
One 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 typically house my herbs, edible flowers and a bevy of different peppers. Some other advantages to container gardening are when 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 a tiny amount of money and save a ton while providing your family with fresh, clean, whole foods.
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