Container Gardening Supply List: What Do I Need For A Container Garden

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By Liz Baessler

Container gardening is a fantastic way to grow your own produce or flowers if you don’t have the space for a “traditional” garden. The prospect of container gardening in pots can be daunting, but, in reality, virtually anything that can be grown in the ground can be grown in containers, and the supply list is very short. Keep reading for more information about container gardening products.

Container Gardening Pots

The most important item on your container gardening supply list is, obviously, containers! You can buy a huge assortment of containers at any garden center, but really anything that can hold soil and drain water will work. You can use any old bucket you may have lying around, as long as you drill a hole or two in the bottom for water to escape.


You can build your own container out of wood, provided you take precautions against rotting. Cedar holds up very well in its natural state. For all other woods, paint your container with an outdoor grade paint to help preserve it.

When picking out a container, consider the type of plant you’ll be growing in it.

Additional Container Gardening Supply List

So after you have a container or two, you might wonder, “What do I need for a container garden to flourish?” Another essential item for you container garden is soil. You need something that drains well, doesn’t compact, and isn’t too saturated with nutrients – which rules out garden mixes and soil directly from the ground.

You can find mixes at your garden center specifically designed for container gardening. You can also make your own organic soil mix out of 5 gallons of compost, 1 gallon of sand, 1 gallon of perlite, and 1 cup of granular all-purpose fertilizer.

Once you have a pot, soil and seeds, you are ready to go! You may also benefit from a water stick to keep track of your plants’ water needs; container plants need to be watered more frequently than those in the ground. A small hand-held claw is also helpful for occasionally aerating the surface of the soil.

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