5 Tips for Starting a Container Garden

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Explore these 5 creative ways to integrate household items into a container garden.
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Contain Your Garden, Not Your Inspiration

Container gardening is a great way to get your gardening fix without needing much space to do it! Whether you live in an apartment, lack a spacious yard or simply want a mini garden indoors, check out these creative ways to integrate household items into a beautiful container garden.

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1. Container Inspiration

First, it’s time to pick your containers! You can use a variety of secondhand items for your garden, such as:

- Empty Dawn dish soap bottle, cut in half
- Terra cotta pot
- Popcorn tin
- Paint or coffee can
- Old rain boots
- A hollowed out log
- A drawer from a dresser
- An old barrel
- Teacups and coffee mugs
- Plastic or glass pitcher

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2. What to Plant

After selecting your containers, research and study what plants grow best in your climate. Match the appropriate plant to the size of the container. Some thoughts to consider:

- Herbs: Mint, oregano, basil, chives, dill, parsley and rosemary do well in large containers. Plant tarragon and thyme in smaller containers.
- Vegetables: Plant broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, tomatoes, onions, peppers, lettuce and even corn.
- Fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, grapes and strawberries are great additions to container gardens.

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3. Creative Planters: Old Dresser Drawer

Potted plants are a great way to add a touch of nature’s beauty to any outdoor space. Think beyond the traditional clay flowerpot and experiment with colour, texture and size.

Is that old, unused dresser still taking up space in your basement? If so, repurpose the drawers for a fun and interesting planter. Placing unexpected items like this in surprising locations to add interest (and style) to your home’s gardens.

Explore these fun and creative planters to add interest to your garden >

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Get Your Gardening Inspiration

Create great gardens – both indoors and out! – with these expert gardening tips.

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Post-gardening Cleanup

Once you’re finished with your container gardens, mop up anything that’s fallen to the floor with Swiffer WetJet.

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