Container Gardening 101

Love gardening but don’t have the space or time to tend to it? Try container gardening! It’s easier to control soil, water, light and fertilizer than traditional gardening. Garden boxes can also be easily transported from one spot to another with a wheeled trolley if needed. Dig into all you need to know to get started with container gardening!

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What you’ll need

The basics you’ll need to start your container garden are a sturdy container, quality soil, and your selected plants or seeds. Your plants will also need frequent watering and at least six hours of sunlight per day.

Size matters
Bigger is better when it comes to container gardening. Opt for a larger container to allow for more variety. Whether you chose to incorporate flowers or vegetables, your container garden will flourish if nurtured properly.Assembling your own box? Not a problem..
This cedar wood raised bed gives your yard or porch that quintessential garden look. The included tools  make for an easy set up. Its larger size allows more space for any plants your heart desires!. So, have fun with it!. Before you know it you’ll have a thriving garden in no time. Want something a little smaller? Try this deck planter. The durable plastic construction will withstand weather and time and gives you a chance to work on your green thumb before diving in head first.

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Want ease of use when feeding your plants? Try this potting mix. Included with moisture control, it will feed your plants for up to 6 months. It also ensures that your plants won’t be over or underwatered. So sit back, relax and watch your plants grow. Do your plants need a little extra help getting started? This Miracle-Gro seed starting potting mix will do the trick. After you begin to see the rapid results, you’ll realize it really is a miracle product.

The variety of plant you choose will impact the type of soil you select for filling your pot. Take a look at the variety of options available for potting soil on

WonderBlend™ by CreekSide™ Professional Planting Mix
Biggest challenge: Watering

Soil dries out quicker in pots and boxes versus the ground so tend to your container every day. Be sure to address the changing seasons and weather with the right soil and fertilizer.

kid getting a drink from a water fountain

Drink up
Make sure your container has holes to allow excess water to drain. This will ensure your plants aren’t being overwatered. You can choose between a DIY watering or self-watering container. Self watering containers come with a reservoir at the bottom, allowing your container to regulate and water itself. The built-in irrigation system makes it as simple as 1, 2, 3.. However, be sure to keep that reservoir filled during the hot summer months as the plants will drink up the water quicker than during the colder months.

Follow the sun 
man in the sunGone are the days when potted plants were forced to remain stationary.

A rolling plant caddy with wheels means your potted plant can be moved to a more suitable area of the yard or garden at moment’s notice.

Use a wheeled trolley to position the container in the sun. Come morning, wheel that container over to the most available sunlight. This means that you can easily move the potted plant container around the yard or porch to create more open space. Remember that your plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.

Selecting your plants

Not sure where to start? We do!

Try herbs. Herbs are easy and versatile. Just be sure to do your research on the specific growing conditions on each herb. For instance, rosemary yields best results in dryer soil whereas, basil requires more fertilizer and water.

Farm to fork

With a container garden, you can easily grow your own food at home. This means having full control over the way it is grown- whether that be all organic or not, you are in charge. Tired of the high prices for organic goods at your local supermarket? Utilize a container garden so you no longer have to drain your bank account when opting for a healthier option. Since you will be the one picking your own veggies and herbs, they will have the optimal freshness as they just came from the garden. So no more guessing how fresh your store bought veggies really are.

Eat your greens

cat eating broccoliNew to gardening? Try using baby greens, such as lettuce and spinach. Not only are these easy to grow, they are also versatile in the kitchen. Add them to your salads, sandwiches and favorite meals for a healthy addition. Full of key vitamins and minerals, these plants will ensure you get all the nutrients you need day in and day out.

Don’t give up when the going gets tough

Gardening can take some trial and error but don’t get down on yourself if your plants aren’t taking to the container. Try changing the soil or positioning the container in a place more susceptible to direct sunlight. If that doesn’t work, take a look at other mulch and soil options. Depending on the climate, your herbs and plants may need a different type of soil to really take root! Struggle with harsh humidity? Try adding white pebbles to your mulch with herbs. This will ensure that the humidity levels won’t affect the growth of the herb. Putting in the effort to create a lively and flourishing garden means tending to it every day. It may seem like a lot of work but that makes the end result that much more enjoyable!

Let’s get to growin’

All in all, container gardening is a great way to grow a lively garden. Get creative with flower arrangements or seasonal vegetables! With the right container, tools, and a little tough love, your container garden will be one to envy. So be sure to follow these tips and tricks when creating your personalized garden. If you have more questions, be sure to stop by your local Runnings store to talk to an expert!