How to Make Container Gardening Work for You

If you have a garden, and you plant everything in a box or pot, this is the definition of container gardening. In many ways, this is the easiest type of gardening of all, as you can more easily avoid many of the common problems that other types of gardeners have to face, such as pests. By using container gardening, you can open yourself up to growing a beautiful garden of flowers, vegetables, or herbs of your choice – here’s what you do.

Soil Quality

The first thing we would like to address is how soil can be a positive or negative component of your garden depending upon its quality. In regard to container gardening, by using quality soil, your crop or plants should grow very well. A potting mix that you can find in any nursery or garden supply store will get your container garden off to a good start. Depending upon the garden that you were going to grow (whether it is flowers, herbs, etc.), you will want to get a specific potting mix for that type of crop. Even though you may know what type of soil will probably work best, it is still a good idea to ask the clerk at the store what they recommend.


Your plants will thrive indoors in a container garden as well. This kind of garden will fit right in with those who do not have adequate room outside their home; or have plenty of room inside their home. Of course, if you have a patio or balcony, this can serve as your outdoors for sunlight, but even if your plants are indoors they can still thrive.

It’s best to keep them near a window so they can get sunlight, but if this isn’t possible you can still use artificial lighting as a substitute. Herbs do very will inside and if you place them in or near your kitchen; you will have them close at hand. You can also plant salad veggies indoors; like lettuce, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes.

Indoor Vs Outdoor

You can figure out if you would prefer to plant your container garden inside or outside your home and with that, one of the greatest gains from this kind of garden is that you will have the best of both worlds. Dependent on the plant species and the season, whenever you would like to do so, you can move the containers either in or outside. When you plant something in the ground, it is at the mercy of unpredictable weather conditions, not to mention various pests. Although, if you have a container garden and the weather becomes gray and worrisome you can easily move the containers from outside to inside. This also means you can grow plants year-round, even ones that would otherwise not survive during winter. Potted gardens let you have options and adaptability for rearranging your plants, in order to ensure that they are in optimal conditions all year round.

This kind of garden will basically grow any type of plant you would put in a standard garden; with better manageability. By growing in containers, you have control of where the plant will go, according to the needs of that particular plant. We have noted some of the various points to consider when you are thinking about a container garden; once you have begun the project you will see how simple it really is.