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Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Small space gardens can be just as beautiful and productive as large yards. There are just few extra things to consider when container gardening. Below are a few tips to help you get started and some links to our blogs with more ideas to make your container garden a success.

Soil
Your container soil is really important. If you’re having a hard time choosing, pick one that is labeled for containers. It will hold the right amount of water, nutrients, and air to ensure the best possible plants.

Container
Plan your container according to the size of plants you want to put in it. Even plants in containers need room to grow. Plants that don’t have to fight with each other for their necessities tend to perform better in the long run. Want to use a really big container but don’t want to use tons of soil? Turn over a plastic or clay pot in the bottom to displace some of the soil. You’ll save on soil and water, and your container will weigh less, too.

Water and Fertilizer
Containers that are really full, very small, or in sunny and windy places will need water more often. Time your watering so that your plants are fully hydrated before the sun hits them. These plants will be better able to withstand the rigors of life in a pot.

Container plants need regular feeding. You can add a sustained-release fertilizer that may feed for much of the season or add soluble fertilizer to your water.

Get educated!
Read our blog posts about choosing the right container, choosing the right soil for your containers, and how to best grow micogreens in containers.

Get inspired!
Read our blog about growing cat grass in a container for Easter baskets and repurposing household items as containers.

Container Varieties
Try these varieties that are well suited for containers:

Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean
Baby Little Finger Carrot
Spacemaster Cucumber
Tokyo Long white Bunching Onion (White)
Cherry Blend Sweet Pepper
Better Bush Bush Tomato
Most herbs
Container Vegetable Collection
Alyssum
French Lemon Drop Marigold
Pomponette English Daisy

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