Container Garden Tips

by Jackie FogartieMarch 23, 2017

If you live in a metropolitan area, chances are you don’t have a big green area to plant pretty flowers and vegetables. Have no fear! You can still celebrate the blooms of spring and summer with your very own container garden which works for the tiniest of patios, decks and balconies. Just follow these tips and check out these easy to use products and you’ll be a container garden pro!

Kick your garden up a notch – literally:

This elevated garden bed is going to be your best friend if you don’t have a ton of grass. It has a plastic liner and does require minimal assembly, but no tools needed so I know you can handle it! Another perk of this raised garden, you can save your back and knees by eliminating the need to bend over so far while tending to your plants!

Herbs galore in a stacked pot:

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I am in love with this pot – what an efficient space saver! This stackable pot is basically a garden within itself! It has a self-watering feature and can be hung and stacked to combine with other stackable pots. Pro tip: This type of pot is perfect for planting herbs.

Another space saver for any small deck or patio is this vertical planter! I love the rustic look and efficiency!

Pots and containers:

When looking for the best pots to plant, you can go for functionality and affordability, or you can go for aesthetics like this pretty galvanized tub from Pottery Barn. Swoon!

Looking for something more functional (and way less pricey)? Try these affordable “porcelain” pot plants from Amazon with handy drainage holes and ventilation.

Store those gardening tools efficiently:

If you’re in the market for a container garden, it’s likely you don’t have tons of room to store a plethora of gardening tools. This functional gardening tools set comes with everything you need to cultivate a successful container garden and it doesn’t have a large footprint!

General Container garden tips from Better Homes and Gardens

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When it comes to gardening tips, you can’t beat a resource like Better Homes and Gardens magazine! Here are some of their excellent tips:

  • Vegetables grow best in container gardens with 6 full hours of sun. Just make sure that the pot has drainage holes so water can drain out of it.
  • Size does matter with any gardening container. The bigger the pot is, the more soil it holds. More soil retains moisture and allows forgetful waterers (ahem, myself) to water a bit less.
  • How much soil do you need? Better Homes and Gardens has a fantastic formula they’ve shared with us:
    • 3 pints of soil per 6-inch pot
    • 3 1/2 gallons of mix per 12-inch pot
    • 6 1/2 gallons of mix per 20-inch pot

No matter how small your outdoor space is, your container garden will flourish with these easy tips and useful products! Happy planting!


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About The Author
Jackie Fogartie
Jackie Fogartie (often known as Jackie Fo) is a NJ born, NC living event planner and freelance writer/blogger. Five plus years ago, Jackie started an events and wedding planning business based in Charlotte, North Carolina called Jackie Fogartie Events handling events of all sizes from intimate baby showers to large weddings. In addition to making events go off without a hitch, Jackie writes a blog covering all things food, cocktail and party. She has also written for brands such as General Mills, Aladdin insulated mason jars and Proctor & Gamble. You can often find her staying true to her NJ Italian roots by eating big bowls of pasta and drinking copious amounts of red wine. Cheers!

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