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The Basics:
Container Gardening

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Container Gardening Basics

Container Gardening is a great way to add a focal point to a big space or allow for gardening in a small space. Here are some tips for choosing plants, planting them and caring for the plants in the container. Container gardens are just as unique and diverse as gardens. There are different styles of container gardens for your patio, porch and even for inside your home.

Choosing a Container

  • Glazed pottery is the most popular and comes in array of colors
  • Lightweight pottery is easier to move
  • You can also play with hanging baskets
  • Refresh an existing container
  • Make sure you pot or container has a whole in the bottom to allow for proper drainage

Planting Your Container Garden

  • Fill the pot leaving about an inch empty at the top
  • Make sure to choose a nutrient rich potting soil like Pike's Potting Soil Mix
  • Mix in a handful of Dr. Earth RootZone. This reduces transplant shock and promotes root growth for healthy plants This is an organic fertilizer - perfect for planting everything including edibles


  • Container gardens are low maintenance
  • Water your container garden 2 or 3 times a week depending on the weather
  • Fertilize your container garden every 2-3 weeks with Dr. Earth Tomato and Flower Food.
  • Simply take a handful of the fertilizer and work in into the soil and then water

Choose Your Plants

Thriller Plants

  • A tall and upright plant
  • Place in middle of the container if it will be viewed from all angles or at the back of the pot if it will only be viewed from one side
  • If you're on a budget choose a small shrub with great foliage and it will last season after season

Filler Plants

  • Medium size plants that "fill" in container garden
  • Plant filler plants around the thriller plant
  • Don't be afraid to play with different foliage colors and textures to create a unique container
  • Mix herbs into your garden - this will allow you to always have fresh herbs for cooking and add fragrance to your container garden

Spiller Plants

  • Plants that trail over the side of the pot.
  • Gives the pot a softer, more cottage garden look.
  • Place at edge of container Fill in around the plants with more potting soil
  • Tap down the soil firmly to remove any air pockets Water your container garden thoroughly after its planted