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Container Gardening – Top Tips for Success

November 3, 2019

[Music] Container gardening is becoming more and
more popular as people appreciate the flexibility and
extra growing space it provides. It’s not just about flowers either – you
can grow your own tasty produce right outside your door and many specially-adapted plant varieties are
now available. But growing in containers does come with
its own special challenges and if you want to succeed it’s
important to plan ahead. Let us take you through the essentials. Where to site your containers is the first thing you need to consider. Most vegetable plants like lots of sun,
so it’s important to choose a place which will provide 6 hours or more of direct light – south or west facing
locations are the best. Placing them as close to your house as
you can will mean you have easy access to your plants – great for harvesting and easy for you to
take care of them. Choose a sheltered spot for your pots so
your plants are kept out of cold, drying winds. Walls, fences & hedges are good locations, or try to screen the pots. Using your window ledges and balconies is a great way to get started if you don’t have a
garden but make sure your pots are properly
secured to prevent them from blowing off when the weather gets windy. Watering is the number one priority for
containers as the plants won’t have access to moisture
below ground. On a hot sunny day they can dry out within hours and plants might not recover from serious
wilting. On hot days giving plants a thorough watering in the early morning and evening will be required, making sure that you don’t just wet the
surface, but allow it to soak down to the roots. For added convenience, drip irrigation
can be installed – particularly useful if you’ll be away
from home during part of the summer. Containers come in all shapes, sizes
colors and materials. Plastic and wood are tried and tested
materials, but you can unleash your creativity – just make sure they are clean and won’t
leach harmful chemicals. Large pots can also be used to grow
plants that aren’t native to your area – for example they can be filled with an ericaceous soil for blueberries, which like acidic conditions. And for heat loving plants such as dwarf citrus trees, containers enable the plans to be moved to a warm conservatory or greenhouse during winter months, protecting them from the worst of the winter weather. There are plenty of options available for using vertical space too, and if you have a warm sunny wall which
absorbs heat during the day this will radiate the warmth during the
night, protecting the plants from cold snaps. It’s essential to provide good drainage. Plants are easily killed if their roots are
waterlogged. Make sure there are adequate drainage
holes and that they’re free from dirt or blockages Adding a shallow layer of stones or broken
pottery to the base of the pot often helps to improve drainage. The aim is to cover the drainage hole so the soil doesn’t leak out while still providing gaps for excess water
to drain through. Fill the container with a purchased
potting soil or your own homemade compost. Don’t use soil from your garden, as this is likely to be heavy and to contain weeds and soil-borne pests. Using a lightweight and moisture-retentive mix is the best for containers, and it will need topping up each season to replenish nutrients which have been used up. Which container is best to use will depend on what sort of crops you are growing, so let’s take a look at some of the best
veggies to grow in containers. It doesn’t get any easier than growing
salad leaves. They only need a shallow container a few inches deep. If summers are hot in your location, choose an area that gets morning sunshine and
afternoon shade to avoid the plants bolting (running to
seed) before they’re ready for harvest. Cut-and-come-again type salad leaves
often come in packets with several different varieties, providing an exciting mix of leaves that will
only take weeks to grow. Tomatoes can be grown in several
different types of containers, but they’ll need plenty of soil to supply the
nutrients they need right up to harvest. Many varieties, such as Tumbling Tom, can
be grown in hanging baskets, and look great as they trail towards the floor. Other varieties can be grown in grow
bags or soil bags, or you can use large pots at least 10
inches in diameter. Make sure you use a stake and tie the
plants to it to keep them upright. Tomatoes are very thirsty so will need
lots of water – at least twice a day in hot weather. Potatoes can be grown in large pots, or bags and sacks designed specifically for the job. The seed potatoes are layered with potting
mix and left in a sunny spot, watering as required. As they grow you can layer more soil around the stem of the shoots, gradually building it up over a few
weeks until the top of the container is reached. Many other vegetables, herbs and edible
flowers can be grown in pots. Take a look at our extensive Grow Guides
for more information. Our Garden Planner has a range of
specially designed garden objects to make planning and managing your
container gardening easy. Starting with the basic outline of your
garden, balcony or patio, you can then view garden objects in the
selection bar. Click once to pick one up, move to where
you want to place it, and click to place, rotating or resizing
if required. As you add the different containers that
you’ll use to your plan make sure you leave enough space so you can
water and harvest. The Parts List will provide a useful
summary of all the containers and other objects, such as drip irrigation, for the plan. Adding plants is as simple as clicking to
place them in the relevant containers with the coloured area around each plant
indicating how much soil space the roots require. For example, we can easily see how many
tomatoes will fit into this grow bag and hanging baskets. Add potatoes into the potato sacks, and choose which salad leaves to include in the grow frame. The Plant List then shows you a complete
summary of what you were growing including when to plant seeds indoors
and outdoors, and when you can expect the harvest, specific to your location. Twice a month you’ll also receive email reminders so you know what jobs need doing and when. Gardening in containers is an easy way
of growing your own and you can expand with more containers
to fill the space you have. Whether you have one simple pot for herbs, or
a mini farm full of plants, its easy to get hooked on the taste of
growing your own fresh produce and the convenience of having it right
outside your back door. [Music]


  • Reply suburban homestead March 30, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Watering and fertilizing are certainly key to container gardening.

  • Reply Cathy Pino March 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Great video and advice. We have just planted our very first seeds and their already sprouting! We are very excited and we have much, much to learn. Thank you for posting this video. Hope to see more of your videos. 

    PS..You have a great looking garden. We wish you a the best of luck with your garden.

    We are now SUBSCRIBED to your channel 🙂

  • Reply Sandi Dunham April 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    This is very cute.. wish it had been around when my children were little.. hahah.. maybe if I ever get grandchildren we will "grow" some m&m"s

  • Reply Ronnie Skolnick April 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I grew blue M&Ms successfully last year.  I added Miracle Grow – the blue fertilizer weekly.

  • Reply Dennis Schwab April 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    In my experience of growing M & M's I have achieved great success of growing the blue variety by sprinkling a teaspoon of copper sulfate in each of the beds.

  • Reply Jim Corven April 2, 2014 at 12:45 am found that M&Ms are similar to hydrangea and respond to soil pH.  Recall that if your soil is acidic you'll have blue flowers and if your soil is basic you have pink flowers.  If you acidify the soil a little bit using tea or vinegar you can increase the proportion of blue M&Ms.  By adding lime or wood ash you increase the number of red & orange pips in the pods.

  • Reply Greta Dorfman April 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Blue is a hybrid.  Although it is one of the primary colors, and green should be a combination of red and yellow, in horticulture there is excess chlorophyll.  The best way to obtain blue is to reverse the process and return to the primary colors by extracting chlorophyll.  
    This can be confirmed by the Luther Burbank Gardens, Santa  Rosa, California:

  • Reply darnbunny1 April 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    We really enjoy your videos.  Please share info on the horizontal planters on the wall behind you during your introduction.  Thank you.  

  • Reply City Harvests June 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This video was great, very helpful information on here. 

  • Reply UrbanGardenFarms June 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Thanks, nice video. I like the fabric grow bags the best, after years of trying various other types of other containers.  The air root pruning really makes a big difference in the health of the plants, and I don't have to continually upsize the containers as the plants grow. Only downside is that you really need to stay on top of watering in hot summers.  A drip system makes that part easy.

  • Reply youtubehelp July 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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  • Reply missysmithy25 July 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I'm so excited to start this. Thank you!

  • Reply ASLGarden July 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks so much for all the helpful information! New subscriber here.

  • Reply gundapu malleswari July 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thanks a lot. Very nice your garden. Have nice meeting u. keep it up. I am also interested to plants.

  • Reply Billie Tyree September 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    It's was interesting to see how you grow M&Ms.  I wonder if you have tried slightly bruising the pods to get blue ones?   It may be worth a try.
    My personal favorite from my garden is Liquorish Twists.  They have always been my favorite candy but only once in my life (and I was born in 1933) have I been so fortunate as to manage to buy some that were fresh and soft. 
    Since I discovered how to grow them in my own garden I have had a never-ending supply of fresh, soft Liquorish Twists. 
    Perhaps you could demonstrate their cultivation for others to enjoy.

  • Reply wini cu December 1, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I learned a lot,, I can do it that too on our small garden..

  • Reply abdullah gamezer December 6, 2014 at 6:42 am

    thx good morining i have one quasetion how i can get the program that  u use it to know the type and how many veg we can put in side the contaner

  • Reply lavanya pusapati December 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Well presented video. Thanks

  • Reply libbycone January 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I would like to hear more about self-watering containers, which I have used successfully for several years now. They are great for tomatoes, small cabbages, salad greens, baby eggplant, small peppers, herbs.

  • Reply Gerald Chong February 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Great video. Thank you so much for the information. I am planning on making my second serious attempt at growing my own vegetables in containers, and the information you provided would help me to care properly for my plants.

  • Reply channeled March 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    It would be good to see a video about self-irrigating planters (SIPs)

  • Reply nefar73 April 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    In Growveg video " 7 Gardening Myths Debunked: Common Gardening Advice That Isn't Right!"  #3 tells us NOT to add pottery shards etc to the bottom of a pot to aid drainage.   Yet this video you tell us too –  What's with the contradiction?

  • Reply El Buitre De Madrid April 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hi , with the salad i am a bit confused. In many videos i watched they all say needs at least 6 hours sun per day but they also say that if exposed to sunlight it sprouts up so what is the ideal place salad should be?

  • Reply Vivian Sudhir May 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Great video on Gardening. Lovely.

  • Reply Swapna Palancha June 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Very Useful Video

  • Reply MissCrafty Chris July 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

    What a perfect comprehensive overview. Ty! MCC;)

  • Reply GOH BOMBA March 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Thank for the video

  • Reply Dave .Google March 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Great vid thanks

  • Reply cc writer March 16, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thank U !!

  • Reply Jerry Frye April 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    where do I get your garden planner?

  • Reply MARY LOU Diaz April 12, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Very helpful

  • Reply Spend Smart Live Happy May 16, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Great video! You are so fun to watch! I just started a garden and I'm so excited! I've actually created a cost analysis spreadsheet to track my garden expenses, retail cost of produce, and how much I harvest to see exactly how much I save my family in cost of produce! I'm trying to share with as many people as possible because gardening is so much fun and can save money too! I'm trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can and share what I learn with others too! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Byron Fox May 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    funny to see a youtuber who doesnt FUCK ABOUT and actually gets to the point, love ya video glad you were recommended to me man

  • Reply shirley sumner May 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    how long it takes a company got my seed potatoes frm said to fill pot 1 which after I come here r up but the other nothing it large pot are they dead this first time need your help er they potatoes

  • Reply Emma Nicholson May 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Not good to add gravel – it makes large spaces in the containers where the water gets water-logged in the soil and actually prevents drainage.

  • Reply The Ghetto Gardener July 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    i have been using the soaker hose method that you showed in the video it has really helped my garden accelerate

  • Reply Cdogvlog 55 September 6, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Can you do something to the soil from your garden to kill the weeds, so you can use the soil. It's just that I have so much soil here that buying soil seems ridiculous.

  • Reply Cheryl Kwok September 23, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Would love to subscribe although I'm not sure how much u would be able to help given that I live in Bali, Indonesia which is 8 degrees South of the Equator and warm all year round.

  • Reply green india gardening November 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm


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  • Reply saving40percent January 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    We do this every year, our biggest challenge is finding someone to water them when on vacation.

  • Reply Barbarajean Watts February 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    where can I get information on how deep containers must be to make sure the vegetables has the best chance of producing the best yield

  • Reply Simple Gardening February 22, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Very Informative video. Thanks a lot, I am a new gardener….this video helped me to learn few basics.

  • Reply Barbarajean Watts February 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    does this grow guide help with container gardens and where can I get it

  • Reply Ma Nithya Premananda March 16, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for this video. Do you have tips for vertical gardening for community?

  • Reply cecilia soans March 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    very brief, to the point and excellent information for a new Gardener. thanks a lot

  • Reply Mike oset March 30, 2017 at 3:23 am


  • Reply Laura Hawthorne April 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Is it possible to grow beets in bags, layering them, the same way one can do with potatoes?

  • Reply Wanda Duckworth April 23, 2017 at 2:02 am

    i have noticed that a lot of tomatoe plants ,,yours and others seem to be striped of most of their leaves !!

  • Reply cj reis April 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    so boring
    i am much better gadner than you noobs of gardning

  • Reply Papa Yuki July 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    this is a nice info video for ppl starting out and the app will help out to but …. when will the apps get updated as the last time they got updated was in 2016 and i wonder if the apps will have a issue with IOS11 when it comes out

  • Reply Kermit March 25, 2018 at 9:55 am

    The drainage rocks are unnecessary:

  • Reply Fazliya Umar March 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    This video is wonderful thank you for information

  • Reply Patricia Nunez April 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Have had trouble growing veg in ground. Going to try big pots this year. Thank you for your advice. 😊

  • Reply Jack Rippers May 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    great vid mate, ur the #Zyzz of fcukin plants u #SicCunt

  • Reply Carol May 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Lots of great information!!! Thank you very much!!

  • Reply Pyjama Gardener June 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for your very useful videos, I am new 6o gardening and learning from YouTube channels so Thank you. I Just started a YouTube channel hoping other gardeners can advise as I go

  • Reply Alison Box June 17, 2018 at 12:57 am


  • Reply Reva Hart July 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Much info thank you 😃

  • Reply Yowhan R. August 20, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Great vid.. Will love to start a vid channel of my own in the future to share such great tips as you do. I now have my website which is

  • Reply Walastik DingRuth August 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Check this out, i grow a mind blowing zucchini on a container

  • Reply Uwe Meder August 27, 2019 at 2:56 pm


  • Reply Belva Monokroussos October 2, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    What are the overturned pots in the ground for? Anyone know ?

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