Have you been thinking about starting a garden but don’t have a lot of space to work with? Or maybe you live in an urban area and don’t have a yard. Or maybe you’re like me and you have poor soil quality AND you’re deathly afraid of the bugs and worms that are found in traditional gardening. LOL! If you follow my container garden tips for beginners you will be eating fresh veggies within a few weeks to months.
The Farmer’s Almanac is one of the best places to start when you’re considering anything that has to do with gardening projects. They have articles on every topic you could imagine, from when to plant and what to plant based on your location and much more. I did a bit of research before starting my first outdoor garden back in 2015. I did a few posts here on my blog where I shared my progress and experience. I’ve done vegetable gardening every spring and summer since then. I find gardening to be therapeutic.
This summer I decided to try my hand at container gardening. I did my research and also took a class at my local garden center to get a fresh perspective on what I should be doing to be successful this first time. I learned a few things and applied them to my first container. I’m happy to say that it’s flourishing. Therefore I wanted to share my tips with you so that you can start a garden of your own.
For container gardening you will need the following items:
- A container that is large enough and deep enough to hold your plants. It should have a hole in the bottom for proper drainage.
- Expanded Shale to maintain moisture.
- Premium potting soil that is high quality for container gardens.
- Garden gloves
- Seedlings of the vegetables and/or flowers you plan to grow. This helps to speed up the process rather than growing from seeds. I have patience, but not that much. Haha! You can purchase seedlings at your local gardening shop.
- Plant food or fertilizer. I usually use a liquid plant food formulated for growing vegetables.
- A water source – watering can, hose, etc.
This is how to get started:
- Fill my container with about 2 inches of the expanded shale in the bottom. This helps the plants to retain moisture from waterings.
- I then fill my container with the Potting Soil.
- I take the seedlings out of their original containers and transplant to my large container. You should choose plants that have the same sunlight and water requirements to put together. You can mix vegetables, herbs and flowers in the same pot.
- Place your plants where they can get about 6 hours of sun per day.
- Be sure to water at least 2-3 times weekly and fertilize about every 14 days.
Remember that if you’re just starting out with gardening there will be some successes and some failures. You have to learn through experience. What grows well for some people will not grow well for others. Below are some of my recommendations for beginners. You can also ask the staff at your local nursery what they recommend based on your geographic area.
Vegetables: tomatoes (patio, sweet 100’s, and roma), bell peppers, onions, beans and peas.
Flowers: roses, sunflowers, dahlias, and petunias.