Container Gardening

Edible Container Designs

It doesn’t get any fresher (or more local) than having sun-warmed vegetables and flavorful herbs growing just steps away from the kitchen. And while starting your edible container garden can be as simple as putting a plant in a pot, why not create something that adds flair as well as flavor?

How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots

Growing tomatoes in pots levels the home garden playing field, bringing a crop of homegrown ‘maters within reach for almost anyone, regardless of real estate. That’s because you can grow tomatoes in pots just about anywhere you have a sunny spot, whether it’s on a deck, driveway, balcony, rooftop, fire escape, or somewhere else.

Choose the Right Container for Your Plants

Container gardening is easy and rewarding if you have the right containers. When choosing pots, you need to consider size, style, material, and weight, as well as what will be planted in them.

What Can I Grow in a Pot?

When you need a tomato or a pinch of fresh basil, nothing is more convenient than stepping out the kitchen door to your container garden of vegetables and herbs. Containers will go anywhere as long as there is a source of water and plenty of sunshine. You can grow almost all vegetables in containers—just remember… Read more »

You Must Use a Good Potting Mix

When you look at the root system of a Bonnie plant, you’ll find a “soil” mix that grows healthy roots. You may be surprised that it is not real soil from the earth. Instead, it’s a potting mix (also called potting soil)… .

Why Grow Vegetables and Herbs in Pots?

If you do not have room for a big garden, grow vegetables and herb in pots. Why pots? The reasons are many. Here are a few of the big ones: It’s convenient. Nothing is more convenient when you need a tomato or a pinch of fresh basil than to step out the kitchen door to your… Read more »

What Are Pots Made From?

Pots are made from a variety of materials, and some will suit your situation better than others. Keep in mind that you need a pot large enough to support plant growth all season and there must be a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Elevating the pot on pot feet or atop a trio… Read more »

Rooftop Gardening

by Ellen Spector Platt When I gave up my 5-acre flower and herb farm in Pennsylvania and moved to Manhattan I was lucky to find a garden atop my condo building. I needed a garden. It needed a gardener. But what a different kind of garden it would be, complete with big-city challenges. The mixed-use… Read more »

How Many Pots Can You Fill with a Bag of Soil?

When gardening in containers, you’ll want to fill each pot with premium quality potting soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix, to provide roots with the very best environment for growing. Look at the sizes of your containers to determine the size of the bag(s) you’ll need to buy. For example, a 20-quart bag fills two… Read more »

Planting Herbs in a Strawberry Jar

Keep a pinch of fresh herbs for delicious meals just a few steps from the kitchen and all in one place–a strawberry jar. Originally designed as a novel way to grow clean strawberries, the pockets in a good-sized jar are big enough to hold an herb plant. Mix it up by planting one of each… Read more »

Growing Herbs in Containers

Don’t have much space? Many herbs grow beautifully in containers. Here’s everything you need to know. Put containers anywhere there is a source of water and plenty of sunshine. For anyone in wheelchair or who has trouble bending over, a large pot is the next best thing to a raised bed. Your container needs six… Read more »

Grow a Strawberry Fountain

This strawberry fountain project is an easy way to grow strawberries without a lot of space. It keeps berries clean and easy to harvest. It’s an alternative to the popular strawberry jar containers. The key is keeping it watered because if it dries out, the fruit won’t form well. Of course, that is true for… Read more »

For a Plentiful Harvest, Keep Pots Watered

Vegetables and herbs in pots need lots of water, but nature doesn’t always provide enough at the right time — so sometimes it’s up to us.

Easy Container Combos: Vegetables and Flowers

“Learn to grow easy vegetables in great looking container combos.” That is the tagline in a book that teaches gardeners to do just that. Author and landscape architect Pamela Crawford makes vegetables beautiful. It’s more like a journal of trial and error, where Pamela, an accomplished flower gardener, shares her first stab at vegetables. You’ll… Read more »

Container Inspiration Gallery

From the types of plants you select to the almost endless range of containers you can use to house them, container gardening is an excellent way to add beauty to your landscape while growing veggies and herbs you’ll love to eat. Check out these inspiring designs …

Caring for Vegetables in Pots

Filling and Planting Your Pot Once you have the right plant, the right pot, and some premium quality potting mix like Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix (don’t use garden soil!), it’s time to put them all together. Before filling your pot, cover the drainage hole(s) at the bottom with a coffee filter, piece of screening, or scrap of… Read more »