Container Gardening Tips For New Gardeners


Want to start a garden but fear you have a black thumb? With container gardening, almost anyone can do it! We have pulled together some of our top Container Gardening Tips For New Gardeners to help you get started this year.

As Spring approaches and warm temperatures get us outside again, it is time to start thinking about growing your own fresh herbs and vegetables.  We have pulled together some of our top Container Gardening Tips For New Gardeners to help you get started this year.  Not only can you enjoy the fruits of your labor with delicious fresh home grown produce, but you can do so in limited spaces with ease.


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Star with a small herb garden.  If you are just getting started, an herb garden is an excellent choice.  A small window container, or a few small pots around your windowsill with your favorite herbs is a great way to start.  Not only will you see how well you do with remembering to water and care for them, but you can test the waters regarding proper sunlight, water and even how indoor pets will treat them.

Recycle containers you already have on hand.  Container gardens start in some of the most unexpected ways. Use clean old milk cartons, laundry detergent bottles cut open, paint cans, old shoes and even old tires to create a container for your vegetable garden.  Start with what you have on hand at home first before making the investment for other more specific containers or hanging planter systems.

Read about climate and sunlight needs before planting.  While you may want to harvest a record breaking crop of beefsteak tomatoes, your climate or local conditions may not be best for them.  Read about what climate, temperatures and amount of sunlight are needed for your vegetables to thrive.  Container gardening makes it much easier to move a plant to a new location when needing ore sunlight or even rainwater.

Think outside the box for locations.  Hang small containers on exterior walls, fences or in tight spots.  Use tall slender areas for things like tomatoes or beans that grow tall and can be twisted around lattice or steaks to help growth.

Take care when watering.  If putting container gardens indoors, it is especially important to make sure you have a container that allows for water to leak out as needed, but also has a proper catch tray underneath.  Make sure to set up plastic or other materials underneath your containers to catch drips and protect your floors from spills.

These container gardening tips for new gardeners are perfect for starting out with a great herb and vegetable garden this year.  Invest in great quality seeds, some soil with fertilizer and create a wonderful garden that will not only give you a fun activity to do with your family, but a new source of food for your grocery budget.

Are you ready to get started with these container gardening tips for new gardeners? What will you grow this year?

20 thoughts on “Container Gardening Tips For New Gardeners”

  1. We have our first garden on our balcony this year and are already eating our sugar snap peas! Thanks for all of the info!

  2. I am not a gardener, but I would like to be. These are some really great ideas that can help get me started!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Great tips for people new to gardening. I do miss my garden, where I had flowers, fruit and veg. We moved 2 1/2 yrs ago to a newly built house and the garden still hasn’t been sorted by the builder. I don’t think I can grow much though as it’s a north facing garden and gets very little sunshine. 🙁

  4. Since we moved into a new home last fall, we have no garden yet. I’m overwhelmed figuring it all out, but we would like to have some raised beds to grow veggies and I want lots of flowers. Thanks for the tips!

  5. These are great ideas! I have a brown thumb but my son really wants to start a little garden so I’ll be trying to turn it around with some of your tips!

  6. This is a great idea! I always wanted my own garden, but I live in an urban environment. This would be a possibility for to place on my balcony if I can swing it.

  7. These are great tips. We’re starting our first garden this year – getting our seedlings going this coming weekend! I never thought about a container garden. You’ve got me thinking now!!

  8. Herbs are a little more sensitive I think, and like to be a little more “contained” , a container would do well for them. I have the perfect spot for them and can’t wait to plant them!

    Water with care for any garden is important. Sometimes people tend to over water, then wonder why nothing is doing well. Drainage is key as well…

  9. I’ve been wanting to start my own garden for years, but have always been worried because I don’t have a backyard and I’m notoriously bad about remembering to water. But I think an herb garden might be just the thing for me to start with. Thanks for sharing these easy tips!

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