Tips to Start Container Gardening

Container gardening is becoming very popular, as people with limited space find that this is a way for you to have a garden no matter where you live. Given their reduced size, container gardens will not consume as much of your time. Container gardening can be a rewarding experience; below we will offer some valuable ideas on how to make this happen for you.

Water Requirement

The first thing that you should take into consideration is making sure that your plants receive enough water everyday. A garden like this, which is not in the actual ground, needs to have more water than normal. This is probably the largest reason that container gardens fail – they do not receive enough water everyday. This is due to the fact that plants in the ground can have their roots grow deeper to find more water, something that cannot be done in a container garden. The plants, because they are in a container, rely upon you to give them adequate water. The type of seeds that you have planted, and how much water each particular seed will require, needs to be considered when you are adding water every day.

For sure, a container garden is not as arduous a task as your traditional outside garden, but it does have separate issues that you will need to attend to like controlling temperature and humidity requirements. You would be wise to select plants that are either known for successful growth in your area or ones that will easily become accustomed to your conditions. You may have a few issues with humidity or temperatures if you decide to grow desert plants; like cacti. On the flip side, if you decide to grow plants from a more sultry area; you will face a little more work supplying the necessary moisture they will need. You can mingle plants with the same requirements in the same containers.


The type of garden that you plant in your container gardening can be edible, or simply something that you want to look at in your spare time. Aesthetics plays a large role in some people’s ability to garden, specifically in what they will or will not plant. You should consider what color your various plants or flowers are both in relation to each other and to the surroundings, whether indoors or outdoors. The energy that a person gets from a plant may be energizing, or make them very complacent, depending upon the color of the plants that are cultivated. Bright colors such as red, yellow or orange will create a different mood than subdued, muted colors such as lavender, pink or peach. If you are just growing herbs or plants that you can eat or observe, respectively, this is no problem – just be courteous to those that may be sensitive to certain colors in a room.

There are quite a few benefits to container gardening, and you can actually grow just about anything this way that you could grow in any other type of garden. By growing in containers, you have control of where the plant will go, according to the needs of that particular plant. We’ve looked at a few of the guidelines to follow when planting your container garden and as you gain experience you’ll realize that it’s not difficult at all.