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How To Plant A Garden In Containers

Updated on October 6, 2016

Even with a limited amount of space planting a container is quite manageable and easy to do on a limited budget. Actually, having certain constraints on your budget and limited space usually go hand and hand if you live in an apartment complex. Of course, there are people who live in rural areas who have limited budgets when it comes to buying garden supplies, but they can usually make up for the lack of funds with space and the rich natural soil at their disposal. If you only have a patio or a deck to garden on, then you will have to buy all your potting soil, and this initial cost can set you back a bit. However, you can buy potting soil in bulk if you want to save money, or you can buy a few small bags of organic potting soil even at the dollar store. Creating a compost heap is a good alternative if you do not want to spend money on buying organic potting soil, but I do not have the space to do that at an apartment complex. I will be going back to the dollar store in a few days to buy some more of the organic potting soil that used on my tomato plants last summer, and this really helped the plants thrive.

The video above shows what all the tomatoes plants looked like after I planted them on the first day.

Three tomato plants in a yellow container.
Three tomato plants in a yellow container. | Source
A small basil plant was planted in the yellow planter next to the year old chili pepper plant.
A small basil plant was planted in the yellow planter next to the year old chili pepper plant. | Source
Another chili planted that I planted with an older chili plant.
Another chili planted that I planted with an older chili plant. | Source
Another view of the chili plant and the basil.
Another view of the chili plant and the basil. | Source
The beef steak tomato plants.
The beef steak tomato plants. | Source

For planting the tomato plants, pepper plants, and basil I simply dug holes in the containers and stuck the plants in. I only have two or three plants per container so these have enough room to grow, and there are cages to help them climb.

These marigolds are serving as inspiration for my drawing.
These marigolds are serving as inspiration for my drawing. | Source
The variety of orange and yellowish marigolds.
The variety of orange and yellowish marigolds. | Source
I feel like I am looking at the sunshine when I gaze upon a container of potted marigolds.
I feel like I am looking at the sunshine when I gaze upon a container of potted marigolds. | Source
Planted marigolds are cheaper and last longer than buying a bouquet of flowers.
Planted marigolds are cheaper and last longer than buying a bouquet of flowers. | Source
More blossoms are getting ready to bloom on the marigold plants.
More blossoms are getting ready to bloom on the marigold plants. | Source
Vibrant hued marigold flowers have a delightful scent.
Vibrant hued marigold flowers have a delightful scent. | Source

Marigolds are so easy to plant by just digging a hole in the potting soil and placing the plant in it. I water these every few days, and that is all that is really required. Buying two dollars worth of marigolds has given me some beautiful flowers to look at, smell, and use as a still live subject for my latest drawing.

The marigold have served as inspiration for a drawing I am starting.
The marigold have served as inspiration for a drawing I am starting. | Source

Make Your Own Containers

Mary615 here on Hubpages as written and informative and useful hub on how to make your own containers out of empty kitty litter boxes, which is another way to save money when it comes to gardening.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed this hub on gardening.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Lovely photos and presentation. Gardening is a funny and fantastic experience. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Yes, it is nice to be able to grow a mini garden in containers, especially when you have limited space.

    • PetMemorialWorld profile image

      Dean 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Amazing looking gardens growing in your containers!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      You are welcome Mary!

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much, SweetiePie!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Mary615,

      I would love for you to link to my hub, and I will do the same back for you! I am off to read your hub on the kitty litter bucket gardening.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, this Hub shows as a related Hub to the Hub I just published on how to make a plant pot to use in container gardening from a kitty litter bucket. I have done contaner gardening for a long time, especially for veggies. I enjoyed this Hub, your videos are great. I voted this UP etc.etc. May I link this Hub into mine? When you have some time read mine: How to make a a flower pot out of a kitty litter bucket. Thanks in advance. Mary

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Paradise,

      I have seen some very cute windowsill gardens, and that sounds like a good use of space.

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I'm thinking of starting a little indoor windowsill garden, with tomatoes, a banana plant, and some herbs, so this came in very useful. Thank you.

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