Container Gardening 101


Growing plants in a container is easy, as long as you follow the basic guidelines.

Containers come in all shapes and sizes.

When deciding on the best container for your plants, it’s important to consider the shape of your planting area and the size of your plant. Containers can be made from a variety of materials. You can use recycled materials or even repurpose objects that you already have lying around the house.

If you want to add some color to an outdoor space, consider using brightly painted containers in different shapes and sizes. Smaller containers are great for adding interest in tight spaces, but larger ones will give a more dramatic visual impact by providing height and scale in addition to color.

Changing the color of your container can change the look of your garden.

The color of your container can change the look of your garden.

You can paint, stain or leave a natural color.

Paint colors are great if you want to give it an accent color to match something else in your garden.

Staining will preserve the container but still allow it to last outdoors.

Natural colors are good if you have plants that will blend well with the color of your container and they will also help prevent algae growth on the sides of the containers when planted with wet-loving plants such as ferns, hostas and coleus.

You can use recycled materials for containers.

Recycled materials are a great place to start when choosing a container. You can use recycled materials from around the house, such as old cereal boxes and soda cans. You may also find some useful containers in your neighborhood, such as five-gallon buckets or plastic storage boxes. Recycling centers are also good places to look for containers you might not consider worth keeping otherwise: old paint cans, discarded flower pots and planters that have been broken by your children (or the dog) are all great options for repurposing into new plant containers!

Drainage is important for growing plants in containers.

Drainage is an important component of container gardening. A pot that doesn’t drain well will hold onto water, which can cause root rot and other problems.

A plastic pot should have a drainage hole in the bottom that is at least ¼-inch in diameter; anything smaller could cause the soil to compact and not allow for proper drainage. If you are using a clay pot, it’s best to have a larger hole—I recommend one that is about 3/4 inches across. It’s possible to drill holes into clay pots if they don’t already have them (though make sure you don’t crack your pot!).

Make sure the plant will have enough space in its new home.

When you’re choosing a container for your garden, take into account how much space the plant will need. Make sure the plant has enough room to grow, spread out, flower, and produce fruit or vegetables. To determine this, measure how large the mature size of your selected plants will be and compare this to the size of container you intend to use for them.

If you want to grow tomatoes in containers because they are a favorite vegetable that you can’t get enough of – don’t just buy one tomato plant and put it in a small pot! Unless it’s going on a tiny balcony somewhere where there’s no room for anything else except maybe some herbs (but even then…), most people choose tomatoes because they want lots of juicy red fruits hanging off their vines throughout the summer months. If these are going on your patio or deck where there’s plenty of sun exposure AND water supply available right at hand then great! You’ll have plenty of time before fall sets in for harvesting those sweet juicy tomatoes all summer long without needing help from anyone else who might not love them quite as much as we do here at Gardening 101 dot com 😉

You don’t need to buy expensive garden soil or fertilizer.

You don’t need to buy expensive garden soil or fertilizer. Your local nursery will have great products, but you can also go with the basics and save money by using soil from your yard, compost, or potting soil. The only exception here is if you’re growing carnivorous plants (for example: Venus flytraps). These plants require acidic soil that’s low in nutrients because they get their nourishment from bugs eating them!

Growing plants in a container is easy, as long as you follow these basic guidelines.

So, you want to grow a plant. Or two. Or five hundred! We don’t blame you for wanting to get your hands dirty and take care of some plants, but if you’re just starting out, container gardening is an excellent way to do it because:

  • It’s easier than in-ground gardening because you don’t have to worry about lawnmowers or dogs eating your precious babies (though we wouldn’t suggest leaving them unsupervised). You can put your containers anywhere—on a window sill, in the garden bed, on your front porch…the possibilities are endless!
  • There are many different types of containers that will work great for growing plants. If you don’t have any pots lying around at home already, there are plenty of places where they sell them secondhand or even give them away – thrift stores are good places to look!
  • Plants will adapt themselves into whatever space they have available; however they will also thrive when given adequate room and attention from their owners.”


We hope this blog has given you the confidence to start your own container garden. It’s easy, eco-friendly, and a great way to have fresh vegetables on hand whenever you need them!

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