Where to Grow the Plants
- Identify your microclimates. Sometimes you can't help where the container will reside, because it is on a patio. Different areas can possibly get more light depending on the time of the day.
- The intensity of sunlight in the area will help you pick what type of plant can be planted in the container.
- Remember, container gardens can be moved around. If it isn't working in a particular area then move it.
What to Grow the Plants In
- Choose the pot size by what you want to grow in it. Vegetables like carrots will need more room to grow down than Bell Peppers.
- There must be enough drainage so the water doesn't pool at the bottom.
9 inch EcoGardener Planter
Whiskey Barrel Planter
What Soil To Use In The Planter
- Soil mixes with peat moss in them will help retain moisture.
- Perlite and vermiculite will allow for good drainage.
- If the soil mix doesn't have time release fertilizer, some should be added before planting.
MiracleGro Potting Mix
Figuring Out How To Get Water To The Plants
- If there isn't easy access to water,an automatic drip watering system should be used. There is always a chance that you will forget to water on the scheduled time.
- If you're lucky and can use a container irrigation system. There are ones that hook into a lawn irrigation system, water spigot, and ones that are stand alone and have their own resevior.
How To Choose The Plants
- The MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS.... plant what you like and will grow with the amount of sun the containers will get.
- If growing vegetables, try to plant varieties that will produce a lot. Plants like tomatoes and peppers are good where there is a lot of sun.
- Get the most bang for your buck by planting herbs. A small container of herbs can cost about $3 at the grocery store. You can harvest leaves from a $3 basil seedling for months.
- If you buy seedlings and don't grow your plants from seed, shop at a local garden center. They will carry plants that grow well in your region.