If you’ve been considering starting your own container garden, but you’re not sure where to even begin, we totally get it. And as always, we’ve got you covered with a few helpful tips to get your garden going! First up though, let’s talk about exactly what a container garden entails and why a person would even want one Spoiler: there are a lot of benefits! Let’s get started.
First up, a container garden is just what it sounds like; planting a garden in containers. Of course, we would love a ton of land to grow a wild garden in, but for so many of us, that isn’t even close to being an option; so for the majority of us, container gardening exists!
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Now, let’s talk about all of those benefits there are to container gardening!
Container gardening allows you to garden at any time and not just seasonally. With container gardening you have the ability to control nearly every variable, so you no longer have to wait for the appropriate season to grow your favorite veggies.
You can bring the garden indoors if you need to. Just like so many houseplants, fruits and vegetables can thrive indoors too!
No need to till! If you know, you know.
You’ll save on water. A no-brainer, but something worth celebrating.
Pest control is so much easier with a container garden. This will save you a lot of headaches, not to mention disappointment.
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We could go on for days when it comes to the benefits of container gardening, but we gotta get to the good stuff. Let’s talk container gardening tips!
- Say it with us: drainage. Most pots don’t come with enough drainage holes, and this can be a matter of life and death for your garden, so don’t be shy, add more drainage holes! Unless you’re growing something that requires the soil to stay very wet, of course.
- Don’t skip the fertilizer. Most potting soil doesn’t include the nutrients your plants need, so make sure to nab some fertilizer so your plants stay healthy!
- Make sure your plants play well with others. If you plan on potting a few plants per container, make sure they like each other. (Need the same amount of water and light!)
- Save. The. Plant. Tag. And make sure to read it. There will come a time that you’ll tell yourself that you don’t need to save the tag, in this moment, do not listen to you. Just trust us on this one.
- Have creative fun. Container gardening allows you to pick out your own containers (duh) so why not have fun with it? Choose a color scheme to stick with, paint your own, start a collection of eclectic vessels from your favorite thrift store such as vintage coffee tins or tea kettles, whatever you can dream up!
- Understand that sometimes plants die. It’s still heartbreaking, but sometimes, no matter how much love and attention you give them, plants die. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad gardener and/or plant parent.
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