Plant. Grow. $ave.

Plant. Grow. $ave.

Food gardening is a great way to keep some green in your pocket while also putting some on your table. While there are endless benefits to growing your own produce, we want to share with you the bottom line – the savings.

Each day we’re swamped with bills and other expenses coming at us from every direction. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep some of that money in your pocket? Food gardening is an easy and affordable way to save money while also providing your family with healthy and delicious food.

A home vegetable garden can result in big savings. $20 in seeds and supplies can produce $500 worth of groceries.*

Backyard Not Needed

Backyard Not Needed

Container gardens have become a popular and low-cost alternative to full size gardens, especially if you live in an apartment or have limited space. All you need is a front porch, a windowsill or a small patio to place your containers.

Time Saver

Time Saver

Container gardens take up less space than backyard gardens, which translates into less time. A little watering, a little pruning and making sure it gets the right amount of sunlight is all the care a container garden needs. Did we mention that portability is a great benefit to container gardens?

Container Gardening in Three Easy Steps

Now that we’ve told you the benefits of container gardening, it’s time for you to get started on your own! This guide has all the essentials you’ll need to grow a successful container garden. So get growing!

1. Find A

Container

From an old plastic tote, to a milk jug, to an old boot (yes, a boot), almost anything that can hold soil can be used as a container for your garden. But to help you along we do have a few suggestions to consider when selecting your containers.

  • Plastic containers are very useful and need little care
  • Household items such as milk jugs, plastic totes, old cans, wood boxes and more can be used as a container. Make sure the containers did not hold toxic chemicals, as these can be absorbed into the plants
  • Ceramic, metal and plastic containers are great options for indoor gardens and come in many decorative varieties
  • Clay, terra cotta and wood containers may be porous so plants may need to be watered more often

Add drainage holes to the bottom (if it doesn’t have any). You may also want to cover the holes with a bit of window screen to allow water to drain without losing any soil.

Check out examples of container gardens here.

“Almost every plant that can be grown in a traditional garden can be grown in a container garden.”***

2. Plant

Your Garden

It’s time to plant some produce. Below is a short overview of the items you’ll need and how to go about planting your garden.

Soil: Use a good quality potting soil. Fill each container up to about one to two inches below the rim of the container.

Seeds: Before you select your seeds, consider what types of vegetables you and your family like to eat and make sure to include those. Tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers are the most popular vegetables to grow**. Make sure to space the seeds according to the packet and that the container will account for the root and plant growth. Vegetables that grow on vines may need a trellis. Here’s a list of produce and planting schedules to help you get started.

Transplants: Vegetable transplants may be a good option, but are more costly than seeds. However, transplants grow faster and will produce vegetables and fruit more quickly than starting from seed.

Light: Read the seed packets for the recommended amount of sunlight the plants need each day and find the best spot for them on your patio or in your home. For example, leafy vegetables do well in shaded areas while tomatoes need a lot of sun.

Water: Seeds and plants need to be watered regularly. Vegetable plants like well-drained soil and should be watered when the soil feels slightly dry. Create a schedule for watering so it becomes a part of your weekly routine.

3. Maintain

& Harvest

Plants need to be groomed. Remove dead or damaged leaves and stems from your plants so they have room to grow.

If you have kids, get them involved as well. They’ll love helping out and watching the plants grow.

Some vegetables take longer to ripen than others. It’s important to know what to look for when harvesting to make sure vegetables are ripe. Mark your calendar based on when you planted your garden so you know when to harvest your produce.

Flowers help vegetables thrive and are perfect for containers. They attract birds and insects that pollinate the plants. This helps your plants produce many vegetables.

Hopefully you’re now excited and ready to get growing. We do want to warn you, it can be extremely fun and rewarding to have your own garden.

How-To Videos

Here are some great videos to help you get started on your own container and full-size gardens!

How-To Videos