A Short Guide to Building Your Own Container Garden


A garden can be a source of beauty and relaxation for many people, which is why many homeowners build a garden in their property. For people who neither have front yard or back yard big enough to accommodate a garden or those who live in apartments where space is very limited, they can set up a container garden and still enjoy a garden of their own.

There are many ways to build a garden. If you have a wide open space in your yard, you can plant your flowers and foliage straight into the ground. However, if your garden space is limited, you can maximize the space by using containers to create a miniature garden of your own.

Benefits of Owning a Container Garden

Practically any kind of container can be used to build a garden as long as it can contain soil and will not leak. You don’t even have to buy new containers because the best ones are used containers that you probably already have.

There is no limit as to what you can plant in your container garden. Just make sure whatever you plant goes well with the container you put it in. For instance, if you are planning to grow small herbs, you can place them inside milk cans or old copper pots. If you are thinking of large flowering plants, though, you can use broken wheelbarrows or large barrels that you no longer use.

The best thing about container gardens is that you can build them anywhere. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a cramped apartment in the suburbs or in a high-rise condominium in the middle of the city. With a little bit of creativity and patience, you can create your own container garden and enjoy some greenery regardless of where you live.

Setting Up a Container Garden

Before putting seedlings into various containers, you first have to look at the amount of space you have in your home. You then have to find the right containers to use for your garden. Make sure the containers you choose go well together and won’t make your area look cramped. A good selection would consist of containers in diverse shapes and colors, or a matching set of containers, depending on your preferred overall look.

You should also take the weather and environment into consideration. If you are planning to create an indoor container garden, choose plants that do not require a lot of sunlight. Also stick to plants that adapt well to the kind of climate in your region. If winters are harsh where you live, you might have to take your outdoor containers inside to protect your plants from being damaged in the winter.

Once you have figured out what your limitations are, you can now start on the task of selecting your plants. Placing different plants in the same container can create very interesting effects for your garden, but you have to make sure those plants you combine have the same needs when it comes to sunlight and water.

Also remember to make holes at the bottom of your containers so the excess water can drain out. Without a proper drainage system, the plants will drown and the roots may eventually rot. This is particularly important for an outdoor container garden that is exposed to rainfall.

Finally, it would be good for you if you can free up some space near or amidst your garden so you can spend time admiring your flowers and foliage. This will surely be a nice place to relax in after working hard in the office the whole day.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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