After reading Container Gardening, Part I you might have already planted seeds and felt excited over the first sprouts — OR were completely bummed that you can’t even get a seed to sprout. You might also still be sitting around, waiting for the right time to plant.
If your first attempts were a complete failure, it’s okay. Get out there, Google the issue you had (or see if this Texas A&M horticulture doc fixes your problem), and start a new batch. If you need to give your plants more light so they can get along later in the season, all you need is a grow light.
Putting a few seeds in pots is simple enough. What can you do to make a bangin’ container garden?
Make it a tiny oasis and add visual interest
- Create levels. Leave some containers on the ground, sit some on low tables, and add taller plants to the mix.
- Okra is EASY-PEASEY, tall, and has beautiful blooms. Bonus: edible.
- There are varieties of bamboo which will grow in almost every climate. If you give it a big enough pot, it’ll grow tall and you can even move it indoors for the winter.
- Begonias and geraniums are small, colorful, low maintenance flowers which grow well in hanging baskets.
- Wildflowers are generally easy to maintain (and inexpensive!). You can buy packets with a mix of flowers for increased variety in color and height.
Learn even more:
- Look for gardening groups local to you. Some have seed swaps in the spring, some have online communities on which they share expertise, and some arrange real life get-togethers at community gardens. All are good ways to learn.
- Get one close gardening buddy. You can grow tomatoes, he can grow the peppers and you can both trade.
- Start planning for next year by looking at the maaaaany varieties of heirloom seeds out there. There are a surprising number of breeds available through heirloom varieties — some of which might be better suited to your climate, skill or palette than others.
If your seeds have already begun sprouting, give us a report and share photos in the Flickr group. Tell us what you’ve learned in the comments or let us know what problems you’ve had so far.