Everyone Has Room to Grow with a Container Garden

No Yard? No Problem.

May 15, 2020
Container Gardening

Few things are more rewarding (or delicious) than slicing into a ripe, juicy, homegrown tomato just off the vine. But, gardens are soooo needy, and not everyone has the sunny, well drained patch of land needed to devote to growing vegetables. But, don't despair! Even if you don't have space for a full-fledged garden, you can grow a huge variety of your own goodies at home in containers, indoors or outside. You just need a few things to get started:

  • Plants: Yeah, this one's pretty obvious. If you want to grow a garden, you're gonna need plants. You can start your plants from seeds inside or just buy seedilings. If you have a friend who's an avid gardnener, they may even be willing to give you some plants to get started, so ask around. You'll need to do a little homework about which plants do well in container gardens and basic instructions about how and where to grow them. The Old Farmer's Almanac is a great resource. 
  • Containers: You can have a lot of fun with this. As long as the container is the right size and shape for what you are growing, and has adequate drainage, the sky's pretty much the limit for what you can use to grow your plants in. These Root Pouch containers are especially handy because they have handles which makes moving your plants around convenient, and the material they are made from allows for good drainage and root development.
  • Soil: You'll have best results with a commercial potting mix (NOT potting soil). More on that HERE.
  • Stakes/Cages: Plants that climb or grow tall and have heavy fruit will need some support. Bamboo stakes, tomato cages, trellises, etc are all options to support your plants as they grow.  
  • Water: You'll want easy access to a water source because your plants will need regular watering.

Those are the basics! For more information about setting up your container garden, check out this handy guide from the North Carolina Extension Service.

Happy gardening!