I like to use a thick plastic container. You can use plastic, wood, or metal. Look around your home for containers you are not using. Use buckets, old storage containers, planters, old plastic swimming pools, crates, just about anything you can drill holes in the bottom for drainage. Make sure your container is large enough for the plant to grow. Larger containers hold more soil, which means your plants will be stronger and more resilient. Dark colored planters aren’t usually recommended for Container Gardens because they attract heat which can dry out your plants. If you notice all my containers are dark, I haven’t had issues with using them yet.
Drill holes in the bottom of the containers for drainage. I like to drill 6-8 holes. You can use a razor knife to scrape the plastic from around the holes on the bottom of the container to make the container sit flat.
I like to use a good Potting Mix with Fertilizer already mixed into it. My choice of potting soil is Sta-Green Moisture Max Potting Mix Plus Fertilizer. The potting soil I use is great for containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes. You can purchase it at Lowe’s. You could use Organic Potting Soil if you want. After my plants have been planted for two weeks I, fertilize them with Miracle Grow. You can also mix chicken poop into your soil before planting your plants.
I cannot stand waiting for seeds to sprout. I am a very impatient gardener. I usually buy young plants from Lowe’s then plant them in containers . You could save money by sprouting your own seeds if you don’t mind waiting for them to sprout.
Always read and follow directions on the plant packaging or the seed packet before you plant your plants. I like to put the label that comes with the plant in the pot so I can refer to it when needed. If you’re using seeds make copies of the front and back of the empty package, laminate it, glue it to a Popsicle stick, and place it with your plant. This way you will know the names and how to take care of each your plants.
When you first plant your plants it’s important to give them plenty of water to help them establish roots in the soil. Water your plants until the water runs out of the bottom of the container. This means the water has drained all the way through your soil. After your plants become established check your plants regularly to see if they need to be watered. Container plants lose more moisture than plants planted in the ground. I check my plants every 2-3 days to see if they need to be watered .
Did you know container gardens grow faster than gardens planted in the ground? Container gardens grow faster because they hold more heat . Which also means they need to be watered more frequently than gardens planted in the ground.
This is my first year planting Zucchini plants. I used a 10 gallon container but , I read you should plant Zucchini plants in 25 gallon container or bigger. My plants seem to be doing well and producing.
Kim Seghers is a Mom of three, creator of This Ole Mom blog, a family friendly site. Kim is passionate about sharing her love for cooking, crafting, traveling, family, and everything lifestyle.