Container Gardening

Once spring has sprung, I can’t wait to go outside and plant some pretty flowers.  And although I live in an apartment, it doesn’t mean I can’t create a beautiful garden.  For those of us who live in apartments, container gardening allows us to participate in the spring time ritual of creating a garden.  I have had two other container gardens in the past, so I am by no means a container garden expert, but I am going to give you directions on what has worked for me in the past.

Here are the flowers I picked out this year:

container gardening, flowers

The next thing I had to do was drag out all my pots from the past years.

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This apartment does not have an outside storage closet, so they sat outside all winter.  They were pretty dirty.  If you are in the same boat, I recommend going inside and taking an allergy pill before taking on the next step.  I made the mistake of not taking one before I started this project and almost sneezed my nose off.

So since they stay outside all winter, I had to dust off all the dirt and pollen.  To make the task even more cumbersome, we do not have a faucet on the porch, so I just wiped them down with paper towels.

After cleaning them, it was time to fill them up with dirt…  doesn’t make a lot of sense typing that after I just spent 10 minutes cleaning them.  Haha.  But anyways, I started adding dirt to the pot and filled them up to just past 3/4 full.  Make sure you are using potting soil if you are planting in containers.

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If I was filling a larger pot, I just dumped the soil in the pot.

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Then, I dug a hole in the soil where I wanted to plant my flower.

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Then, I got the flower ready to plant.  In order to take it out of its container without harming the plant, I smashed the bottom of the container a bit, which loosened the plant.  Then, I slightly pulled the flower out of the container.  Here is a picture of how it looks once it is removed from the container.

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Then, to help it grow faster, I broke up the roots gently.  And placed it into the hole I dug.

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Then, I filled in any of the hole that was left over and patted soil over the top.

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It took about an hour and a half to finish all my pots, but it was well worth the time.  It has rained a lot since I planted them, so the flowers have really started to bloom.  Here are the pictures of my beautiful container garden:

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Here is my flower-pot with snap dragons and wave petunias:

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The next two pots have snap dragons and impatiens in the rectangular pot and the large, round pot has pansies, wave petunias, snap dragons, and some other pink flower I do not know the name:

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I love these white snap dragons!!

container garden, white snap dragons

Here is a close up of the pink flower that I do not know the name:

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And the last pot:

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And here is the budget breakdown, which I happen to think I got a pretty awesome deal.

  • pots–$0, already owned
  • 4 Wave Petunias–$8, buy 1 at $4 and get 1 free
  • 6 pack of Impatiens–$2
  • 4 pack of Pansies–$2
  • 2 4 packs of Snap Dragons–$4, $2 each
  • 1 flower I am not really sure what it is called–$5
  • 2-1.5cf bags of soil–$2, regularly $6 each, but had a $5 rebate
  • Groupon like deal–$10, pay $10 get $20 worth of flowers

Total–$13

Like I said, I am not an expert at container gardens, I have only had a few container garden.  Here are some more tips from Container Gardening Guru.  What do you all think of my small container garden?  I also planted three strawberry plants, but it is my first time, so I didn’t want to include those since I have no experience there…  Maybe next year.  Do you guys have any tips for my container garden or my strawberry plants?  Have you planted your garden yet this spring?

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