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If you’re short on space or limited on your ability to use an in-ground area, growing or gardening in containers is a great solution. Or maybe you just want to be able to move your garden around. Whatever the case…
8 easy steps for planting in your containers.
- Select an appropriate-sized container for the plants you are growing that has drainage holes.
- Fill the container with potting soil to within an inch of the top of the container.
- Moisten the soil and let it absorb the water before planting (lukewarm water will be absorbed faster than cold water).
- You can grow several plants in the same pot (except very large ones like tomatoes or squash) and they can be crowded in a bit (about ten small plants will fit in an 18” pot).
- Set taller plants in the center of the pot and insert stakes prior to planting any other plants around the larger one. If you’ll be trellising plants, the larger ones can be placed at the back of the container so they’ll climb on the trellis and others can be planted in front.
- Water once the plants are in the soil, this will help settle the soil and get the roots established quickly.
- Add more soil, if needed, after watering.
- Keep the soil moist and well fertilized.