When I first started my container garden I pretty much just planted whatever seed that I could get my hands on. My experiences, both good and challenging, led me to come up with a few things that would be beneficial to know when starting your first container garden.
- Find Out Your Planting Hardiness Zone. – “USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree Fahrenheit zones.” On this site, I simply input my zip code and was told that I had an hardiness zone of 7.
- Experiment. Figure out which plants thrive in cool weather and which plants thrive in warm weather. If you purchase seeds, read the back of the packets for valuable information. Some packets will tell you how deep to sow your seeds, how far apart the seeds should be from one another, the sun requirements, and an average of how long it will take for your seeds to mature and be ready for harvest.
- Do Some Research. You aren’t the only person who has decided to start a container garden and you won’t be the last. I learn best with visuals and have subscribed to many different YouTube channels that offer gardening videos. I’ve noticed that whether others are gardening outdoors directly into the ground, or in containers, all information given can be of some use.
- Get A Bang For Your Buck. When starting something new you never want to spend a ton of money upfront especially when you’re in the learning stages; it’ll be money down the drain. Think outside the box and head to your local discount store and purchase items that can be repurposed as something useful in your garden. I personally use large buckets as plant pots. I use 8 and 16-ounce plastic cups to grow my seedlings and to transplant up in. I use food storage containers to hold my transplants in. I have even used 12-inch wooden dowels to stake my tomato plants.
- Have Fun! As a beginning gardener you’ll have more challenges than successes but take it in stride and learn from them. I enjoy seeing what works and figuring out why something didn’t. I believe that as long as you have fun gardening, your passion for it will only get stronger turning your thumb a little bit greener.
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