5 Tips for Container Gardening

If you’re short on outdoor space, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the pleasure and enjoyment of gardening – it just means you have to get a little creative! Below are five tips that will help you cultivate a thriving container garden on your balcony or patio.

  1. Before you go out and buy plants, notice how much sun and/or shade your outdoor space gets. This will help you purchase the right plants for your setting.
  2. Container gardens need to be watered more frequently than traditional gardens. To check if your plants need water, press your finger into the dirt, if it sticks to your finger, the plant has adequate water, if it doesn’t, water it!
  3. Use a potting mix that has real soil in it – preferably a mix of topsoil and compost.
  4. Plant everything in light colored pots. Dark pots retain heat and can scorch the roots, especially if your outdoor space gets a lot of direct sun.
  5. If you’re hoping to grow vegetables and fruit, choose plants that produce a lot for the size of plant, such as peas, beans, tomatoes, or plants that grow quickly after cutting like salad greens such as lettuce, arugula, chard, and kale.