- Little Growers
- Container Gardening for Little Growers
Container gardening makes a great first garden project – for all ages! And it’s so simple, all you need is something that can hold soil with small holes in the bottom for excess water to drain.
Step 1: Decide if you want to plant edible crops or stick to ornamental plants & flowers. The reason being, if you want to sow edible crops, you need to be sure your container is ‘food grade’ safe.
Step 2: Collect your buckets/containers! If you are going for an ‘edible’ garden as we mentioned before, be sure it’s ‘food grade’ safe. You can check this by asking your local GroMór garden centre expert.
Step 3: Pick your plants! You can begin with sowing seeds or selecting young seedling. Smaller containers = smaller plants needed, such as herbs, lettuce or other annual seasonal plants. Bigger containers = room for bigger plants, such as any annual vegetable or landscape plant that needs little more wiggle room for roots. If you’re planting more than one plant in your container, be sure to allow for enough sunlight & water. For example; herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage need full sun exposure and very well-drained soil. Herbs such as Basil and dill prefer full sun exporsure, too, but need consistently moist soil.
Step 4: Get your soil. Visit your local GroMór garden centre to see which is the best soil for your container garden. You will need to use a well-draining potting mix that absorbs water, but that drains well too.
Step 5: Drill holes in the bottom of your bucket ¼ to ½” in diameter. You can decorate your container too, to add to the colour and fun of this exciting garden project. It’s always easier to decorate before adding soil to the pot!
Step 6: Make sure you evenly moisten & mix the soil before placing it in the container.
Step 7: Place the soil in the container & plant. If you are planting seeds, add soil to about 1 inch below the rim, then follow the directions provided on the seed packet. If you are planting seedlings, add soil until reaching the size of the seedling pot plus one inch. If your soil is too high it will make it difficult to water your plants! You also don’t want your soil too low, as you will need good air movement around the root stems to prevent disease.
Step 8: Carefully water your new container garden, until the water drains from the bottom, placing them in a spot to match your plants sunlight needs.
Step 9: Enjoy and look after your container garden. Keep an eye out for changes daily, determine water needs, and be on the look out for pest problems.