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Tips on how to plant a container garden

Planting in your own backyard in a container can be rewarding and exciting. Watching and nourishing the tiny seeds that was packaged for a large or small area can be shared will all family members. Each produce can be easily labled and cared for accordingly. Wooden barrels, hanging baskets, planters, and large flowerpots are a small sampling of some of the containers that can be used.

By growing your garden in containers it allows you to transport and move them around according to their needs. You may need more water for some and less sunshine for others. You can use window sills if you're in an apartment or your back porch.

Container gardens are great for your organic vegetables or herb gardening.

Tips to remember:

  • Avoid containers with narrow openings.
  • Use a peat-moss based potting mix as the foundation
  • Cheap plastic pots may deteriorate in UV sunlight and terracotta pots dry out rapidly.
  • The size and color of the container also matters. Bigger pots require less watering, and darker colors absorb heat and help plants grow in the summer.
  • Glazed ceramic pots are excellent choices but require several drainage holes.
  • Wooden containers are susceptible to rot.
  • Container gardening gives plants a chance to thrive indoors where they normally wouldn't.
  • Redwood and cedar are relatively rot resistant and can be used without staining or painting.
  • Avoid wood treated with creosote, penta or other toxic compounds since the vapors can damage the plants.


No matter what kind of container you end up using, plastic, terra cotta, ceramic, or metal, make sure it has holes in the bottom of the pot because excess water will harm a plant. With proper care and attention, many gardens will thrive in containers.



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