No Room For A Traditional Garden? 13 (Very!) Creative Container Gardening Ideas

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First – a few quick facts about container gardening –

>An advantage of container gardening is its portability and suitability for many lifestyles.
> Container gardens allow creative expression in small spaces.
> Container gardens are excellent for beginner’s as well as advanced gardeners.
> Consider container gardens for vegetables, herbs, and concentrations of flower color and fragrance in small spaces.
> The disadvantages of container gardens are their need for frequent watering and fertilization.

Now the gardens –

1. A Water Garden

2. A Garden in a Child’s Wagon (the one in the picture above)

3. Don’t forget my Potatoes in a Barrel. A couple of people have asked me where to get the sawdust. Everybody’s father doesn’t work near a lumber yard like mine did? Hmmm….I suppose not. I did some poking around and came up with a couple of sites that don’t use sawdust in the barrel – they use either compost or a mixture of soil and peat. I would say what we’re going for here would be good drainage, nutrients for the plants and a container that weighs less than a ton. Check out these links for sawdust alternatives.

http://www.weidners.com/spud_Barrel.htm

http://www.minifarmhomestead.com/gardening/potatoes.htm

4. Many vegetables can be successfully grown in containers. Look for varieties that are labeled as “bush,” “patio,” “dwarf,” or “compact.” Often variety names imply compact such as ‘Patio’ or ‘Tiny Tim’ tomatoes, ‘Spacemaster’ cucumber, ‘Morden Midget’ eggplant, ‘Short & Sweet’ or ‘Thumbelina’ carrots. These are prolific producers that require minimal space. Read the label for overall plant size. Vegetables suitable for containers include beets, beans, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, green onions, lettuce, collards, bok choy, spinach, kale, tomatoes, peppers, and radishes.

5. Vines on a trellis can also be used in container gardens. Consider morning glory, Nasturtium, scarlet runner bean, or canary creeper.

6. Pamela Crawford wondered why the best-looking container gardens were always in theme parks.
She loved the huge hanging baskets at public places such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens but couldn’t figure out how to duplicate them for the home gardener.
It took a lot of experimentation, but not only has she designed a new potting system to duplicate the theme-park look, she also has written a new book, “Instant Container Gardens,” with solid advice on obtaining great results.

7. Grow a Kitchen Garden. You can use the herbs fresh and dry any excess for winter. Good herbs to try are garlic chive, onion chive, oregano, parsley, thyme, tarragon, basil, spearmint, marjoram, tarragon, savory, rosemary, lemon thyme, and sage.

8. How about an old fashioned Tea Garden? Fragrant and flavorful, try lemon balm, mints (two different varieties maybe), lemongrass, bee balm, lemon verbena, stevia, chamomile, rose petal thyme, lavender thyme, and lavender.

9. A Lovely Rose Garden – Don’t overlook roses in containers; most do beautifully and pair well with other plants.

10. A Butterfly Garden with perennials Like roses, many perennials thrive in containers. Try this combo that’s sure to attract lots of butterflies.

11. A great collection of Salad Gardens in containers

12. Don’t forget hanging baskets and planters – easy, pretty and – with the right flowers – fragrant. The hanging basket I had last year was one of my favorites. Filled with an abundance of trailing white petunias, it reminded me of a wedding dress. The smell was strong and sweet.

and the last of the list –

13. Container Garden Design tips

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