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Container Gardening: 7 Tips for Beginners



When you’re a true gardening lover, the world is your garden.


Why limit yourself to the ground when you can create gorgeous, mini gardens any place you want outside or inside your home?


If this sounds like your kind of approach to life, then container gardening is for you. It’s also a great solution for gardening lovers who live in apartments or have small yards. And really, almost anything can serve as a plant container if you’re determined and resourceful.


Ready to get started with this fun gardening method? Check out our top tips for beginners.


1. Thriller, Spiller & Filler


One of the key guidelines for creating beautiful, large containers is to choose one plant with a distinctive or beautiful look (thriller), another that trails over the edge (spiller), and a third that fills in all the gaps (filler). In case you’re wondering, it’s not necessary to mix several types of plants in one container. You can absolutely stick to just one if you prefer.


2. Size Matters


When choosing plants and containers that you’ll use together, it’s important to think about size. Some plants need a lot of room for their root systems, grow quickly or need more space to stay healthy. So, you wouldn’t want to plant them in a small container.


Generally, larger containers are better because it’s easier to keep them moist and healthy since they hold more soil. If you choose smaller containers, just keep in mind that you may have to do more frequent watering.


3. Drainage Required


It’s important for any plant container you choose to have drain holes on the bottom. If you get creative and repurpose something to create your own container, then you may need to create the holes yourself. Without drainage, plants can become waterlogged and die.


4. Material Things


There’s really no limit to the material you choose for your container. Each one has their pros and cons, so just choose the ones that work best for your needs. We recommend opting for containers in terracotta, cast concrete, polyurethane foam, plastic, fiberglass, wood or metal.


5. Choose Wisely


Once you have all your materials, consider carefully where your planters will live. If you have large ones, it’s best to put them together in the place they’ll stay since they can get quite heavy and be difficult to move. Also be sure to think about sun exposure before picking the best spot for your particular plants.


6. Get Planting


For container gardening, it’s best to use a soil mixture that’s made for houseplants as regular soil will be too dense. When planting, take the time to moisten the soil before planting to ensure that all the soil is equally moist.


7. Get Creative


Container gardening is a great outlet for your creativity. Not only can you make or decorate your own, special containers but you can choose themes for each one. For example, you could have a pizza container that contains tomatoes, basil and peppers. Or create a whole container that has different types of edible flowers.


If you’d prefer someone else to do the heavy lifting, not to worry. Stop into Packard Farm for a beautiful selection of container plants that we’ve already put together for you.

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