5 Easy Tips & Tricks for Container Gardening

Do you want a garden but you live in a small apartment without any land area? Maybe you have a property but it is covered with concrete or the soil is just bad?

There are a number of reasons why people are not able to grow a garden. However, have you ever thought of container gardening? Let us look at seven tips and tricks on how you could have a garden with the use of containers.

  1. Containerize It

Basically, everything that can hold soil can be used as a container for your garden. It could be a pot, a can. Tin cup, plastic pails, vintage kettle or even a rain gutter made into a window box. Just remember to put the correct hole for the drainage. Drill one or two if there is none.

Take note that if you are going to use plastics as your containers, look for ones that it will not leach into the soil. When purchasing a plastic bucket, check first for the number of the printed stamp recycled symbol. Ask for the safest number for gardening.

  1. Space Options

Even the smallest of spaces can be used when you are growing a container garden. It could be your balcony, patio, indoors or even your window sill. If we are talking about really tiny spaces, a small area can pose a problem. Be that as it may, you can find other options like you could go vertical.

You can make a wall planter designed vertically. Once the season comes, these would be a stunning showcase of blooms for your garden. With this, you also save on time watering your plants.

If there is limited space on the ground then you can put hanging planters. Place hooks or strong wires to hold your planters. Best plants for these are  spiller plants that make a trickling effect.


  1. Bottom Secret

One trick to save money when you are having a big pot or a raised bed lies at the bottom of your container. Since you need to mix organic fertilizer for your plants, it would be quite expensive if you are using a big pot or a tall raised bed that will need all potting mix.

Depending on what plant you are growing, you can just use the mixed soil a bit more for the root system. For example, vegetable roots grow around 12 inches. Since many plants’ roots will only go up to a 12 inches or more, then you can just add a little more in case it grows bigger.

Do not let that expensive potting mix go to waste. Instead, place logs, straw, and branches. Be careful on putting green and fresh clippings though, most rot and produce a bad smell in time.

  1. Soil Matters

Many beginners in containerizing make this mistake.  Dry soil in a container means it needs to be watered, right? Well, not really. That is not always the case. Though it may seem a ‘what you is what you get’ situation, that does not always apply with soil.

To check if the soil under the surface is moist you just stick your finger about 2 to 3 inches deep and you can see if the moisture is good or not.

  1. Deep Roots

The green thumb rule is the bigger the plant, the bigger the container should be. It is because of its roots.  If you are trying to grow large plants like the bougainvillea or tomato, you will need a bigger pot because their roots system will definitely grow larger as they are constantly trying to look for more water and nutrients to bring into the plant.

  1. Best Container Plants

Whether you choose to grow flower plants, herbs, tropical plants, or vegetables. containers can always be used with just the same results. Here are some samples:


Azaleas are great ground flower plants but they can be grown in containers as well. This plant can easily flourish in semi-shady places. So it will be ideal for patios and balconies.


With a container you could always control the growth of your Mint herb. Since they spread fast and can even cross-pollinate, putting them in a container where you can also pick anytime you want would be a good choice.


Tropical foliage in containers like a Papyrus can give your garden a scaled down palm tree feel that will look like you have an exotic getaway in your patio or porch. Plants like these should have good drainage because they hate stagnant water as they get all soggy.


Lettuce vegetables can typically grow well in containers. This plant does not need much sun exposure so with containers you could move them to a cooler area if needed.

  1. Label Them

Another tip to make your gardening life easier is by putting labels on your plant containers. You can write on the side of the container or put a marker like a stick with a label. This way you will know the plants’ identification and what care it needs.


Aside from the space convenience of container gardening, there are other advantages in using containers. A container gardener can have more control over the quality of the soil. Weeds are also controlled. You can also have ease of movement, like you can bring it to your room or office or you can redesign the area if you want to spruce up your space. So, we can say that containerizing definitely gives a great option for garden lovers like you!

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