How to make container gardens

Container gardening provides the luxury of planting various colors, shapes, sizes and textures virtually anywhere! They also provide the opportunity to plant edible gardens or create a summer educational project with our kids! Karen Bachman Thull from Bachman’s provides design tips for amazing containers this summer.

Tips on Planting a Container Garden

Containers: Choices for containers are almost endless; plants will grow in most anything that holds soil and has good drainage. Generally, the larger the container, the happier the plants. 

Soil: Fill the container with potting soil. (Garden soil and topsoil are not suitable for containers.) At the time of planting, we also recommend incorporating Osmocote slow-release fertilizer in the soil. 

Plant Selection: It is important to select plants that are suitable for the exposure they will be growing in. Plant shade plants together and sun plants together. Some perennials and shrubs are also suitable for containers.

Watering and Care: Container gardens should be watered as the top soil approaches dryness. The frequency of watering will depend on the size of the container and its light exposure. Maintain the container garden by removing spent flowers or damaged leaves.

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