Container Gardening Ideas: Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces

Not all gardeners have the luxury of large gardens or homes. Some of us have limited space, but nonetheless still want to grow some beautiful plants. Not to worry, this is totally doable with container gardening.

Even if you are already growing some great plants in your backyard, container gardening will extend your success to smaller spaces like patios or balconies.

Whether you’re an experienced horticulturist or just want to improve your garden space, growing plants in containers can be an easy and accessible option. 

Another reason for container gardening is to have veggies nearby that you can add to your meals. Grow some edibles or herbs in containers right outside the kitchen, so you get regular access to herbs like basil or chives for cooking on a whim. To maintain a thriving container garden, check out the tips below: from selecting the right location to caring for them. 

Location matters 

Leafy greens can grow in smaller containers |Vego Garden

Spaces with plentiful sunlight are ideal for growing container plants, such as balconies, patios, or window sills. Your space should have access to full sun up to eight hours a day, which is required for veggies like peppers or tomatoes. Leafy greens such as spinach or lettuce can grow well with three to five hours of sun per day, along with regular watering. 

Apart from the right planting location, you can turn your plants into decor by using decorative containers made of ceramic, clay, or even plastic. Consider the size and overall aesthetic of the container before making your choice. 

If you have a bit more space, consider using a raised bed garden. Incorporating raised beds is a convenient way to maximize space for growing veggies, flowers and fruits, while adding more depth and variety to your container garden in general. 

Selecting Your Plants

A wide variety of herbs in containers at your windowsill will be close at hand | Vego Garden

There are a host of veggies you can choose from to start container gardening as long as they have enough space to grow, while starting from seed is less expensive and offers more variety.

Herbs like sage, basil, and thyme are among the easiest plants to grow in containers. Popular garden veggies like lettuces, spinach or tomatoes are also favorites for container gardening. And don’t forget most fruit trees also grow well in containers or pots, too.

When you start planting will depend on the climate and conditions in your region. A general rule of thumb is to wait until the end of winter and freezing temperatures, and when sunlight is consistent for favorable plant growth. If you are starting your container plants from seed, their packages will usually tell you the best conditions for growing and when to start.

Once you have selected your plants, try growing in groups of combined vegetables and flowers. Place larger plants like peppers, eggplants, tomatoes or cabbage in the center, surrounded by smaller flowers or herbs. For gardeners with less time, this simple tactic can enhance the look and appeal of your container plants without too much work.  

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