Container Gardening Ideas

If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own vegetables at home but don’t have a lot of space then a container garden might be perfect for you. Container gardens are also great for growing flowers and other ornamental plants as well. Container gardening is extremely flexible allowing you to grow almost any type of plant in any container to fit any space.

Container Ideas

While almost any type of container will do, here are some ideas to help you get started.

  • Terracotta Pots – Traditional clay pots reign supreme in the world of container gardening. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs. They are relatively inexpensive although they can easily break.
  • Barrel Planters – Barrel planters provide a unique country appeal and can be found made from wood, plastic and even Styrofoam. They also come in a variety of sizes to help you grow a wide range of different plants.
  • Cast Metal Enamel Planters – These metal planters are coated in enamel to help protect against rust. You can find them in a wide variety of styles and colors that range from small buckets to large urns.
  • Window Boxes – These convenient planters are typically rectangular and mount directly underneath an exterior window. You can then easily access the planets from inside by simply opening the window. This makes watering and even harvesting a breeze.
  • Storage Bins – If looking great isn’t the number one function of your container garden you can use inexpensive storage containers to easily create a large garden on a budget.
  • Kiddie Pools – Small plastic pools can be extremely cheap, especially at the end of summer. These pools are the perfect depth for growing plants and large enough for an entire microgarden.
  • Recycled Containers – Any container which once contained food makes a great choice as the materials are likely food grade and won’t add toxic chemicals to your soil. Things like old milk jugs, soda bottles, ice cream tubs, pots and pans, and coffee cans are all fair game on a shoe string budget.

Advantages of Container Gardens

There are many advantages of using containers to grow plants. Below you’ll find some of the benefits of starting your own container garden.

  • Healthier Plants – Using containers virtually eliminates any risk of soil-borne diseases in your plants.
  • No Weeds – The plants in your containers should take up most of the space in the container which reduces or eliminates any chance of weeds growing.
  • Mobility – Growing plants in a container gives you the ability to move the container whenever you’d like. This gives you more control over the sunlight, temperature and moisture your plants receive.
  • Accessibility – You can put the containers wherever you want. This makes them easy to access for the elderly or people suffering from physical disabilities.
  • Versatility – Being able to choose the size of your containers allows you to have a garden no matter where you are. This is perfect for growing plants on a deck or patio, on the roof of a building or even right in your apartment.