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Container Gardening Ideas

Friends, it’s nearly Spring – that means it’s almost time to plant your gardens! I mentioned earlier this week that my husband has started to talk about what he hopes to plant. He’s got big plans for our, ehmm, his garden this year. I even picked up our starters last week. My husband is a bit picky about the seeds so I’ll let him take care of those 🙂

A little of our gardening background for you: last year was our first successful gardening season (third times a charm). The year before we gave container gardening a shot and nothing grew. It was devastating. Okay, maybe not that serious, but I was pretty bummed. And the year before that we had a raised garden bed in which I planted tons of amazing vegetables and they all got fried in the desert sun. It was sad and I felt like I wasted time and money…

But last year was… FABULOUS. My husband took his gardening really seriously. In fact, when I was in labor with our daughter he ran home to water our plants (in his defense I was in labor for darn near two days). He’s a dedicated gardener. Hardcore, really. And it paid off! We enjoyed two different kinds of tomatoes (they were AMAZING), delicious green peppers, and a few banana peppers.

Let me tell you, I love container gardening! It really allows me to feel like we can successfully have a garden wherever we are without having to worry about if we’ll have the yard space or the right soil or whatever else you may have to worry about with an in the ground garden.

It works for us for several reasons, one is  because we don’t own this home (base housing). Another is because we don’t have a large yard. In fact most of our “yard” is concrete patio. Lastly, they are fairly low maintenance which makes it easy for me.

Since last year was our third try at container gardening my husband wasn’t convinced that it was going to go very well. Therefore, he wouldn’t allow me to get crazy with the look of our garden.

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In fact, our garden (this is shameful!) consisted of five, five gallon buckets (Thanks Home Depot!). Pretty huh?

Now that I’m confident we can actually grow stuff, it’s time to come up with some pretty containers. I’ve been looking high and low for some ideas. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites to share with you guys.

Fun Ideas for Container Vegetable Gardens

 

Are you ready for some fun ideas for container vegetable gardens?

Fun and Funky Container Gardens

I love this Container Herb Garden from Art and Appetite. It looks easy enough to build and I love that it sections off each plant. No mix ups there! You could easily translate this into a veggie container garden by altering the dimension a bit.

Fun and Funky Container Gardens

 How about this Repurposed Dresser Drawers to Vegetable Garden from Home Jelly? Such a fun way to repurpose a dresser – and it looks so cute!

Fun and Funky Container Gardens

These Wine Crates from LLH Designs are beautiful as container gardens! I am really leaning towards doing something like this for my own garden.

Fun and Funky Container Gardens

Don’t you just love these vintage buckets from Southern Living? They are so vibrant and eclectic. Such a fun way to bring something different into your garden space.

Fun and Funky Container Gardens

Lastly, the idea of using watering troughs as planters is pretty much genius. I love this container garden from Plant Natural Blog.

Do you garden and have you considered doing a container garden? There are so many great ideas for container gardening. I can’t wait to put together my own! Stay tuned! I’ll be sharing what we plan to plant in our container garden as well as what I come up with for my containers soon!

For another fun garden idea, check out my painted flower pots.

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33 thoughts on “Container Gardening Ideas

  1. Yes, this definitely gets me in the mood for gardening! I probably have too much room in my flower beds, and I tend to get myself in over my head and then subsequently get burned out. Last year I didn’t do a thing! But this year, I find myself already thinking about the containers on my front porch and how I’ll be putting them together. Your post just cements it….I definitely will be doing SOMETHING this year. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Have a great day!

    Debbie

    1. I too in the past have gotten way over my head and just quit ! I now live in a forest so it looks like this just might work for me. Thanks for the ideas !

  2. These are all fantastic ideas. I can’t wait to get our garden going. Fresh grown vegetables are the BEST!!
    xo
    Angelina

  3. Chelsea,

    Your blog is adorable! I love your projects! You go girl! Thank you so much for inspiring me today! I am your newest fan!

    blessings,
    karianne

  4. I love the idea of using the old drawers! Super cute! I totally have a black thumb but my husband can get anything to grow.

  5. I would stay away from using the galvinized watering troughs for vegetables due to the heavey zinc content in them, otherwise the trough thing is a good idea.

  6. Theses are all great. We will probably be doing some container gardening here this year. I posted about our garden plans, too.
    Ruth

  7. I am creating a container garden and using the 50 Qt plastic bins.. Only cost $3 at Walmart. If things go well, then I like the idea about repurposing the drawers.

  8. I plan to use a plastic kid’s wading pool to grow my zucchini and peppers and herbs… the tomatoes go in big buckets, just like yours…

  9. Question. SO can you not garden in the actual soil on a military base? I HAVW ALWAYS WONDERED. I MYSELF AM A NOVICE HOMESTEADER, LEARNING TO GROW MY OWN FOOD AND LIVE MORE INDEPENDENTLY. MY BOYFRIEND JUST JOINED THE AIR FORCE AND I HAD BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT THE RULES FOR A GARDEN WERE ON AN AIR FORCE BASE. IF WE EVER DID GET MARRIED, AND MOVED ON TO THE BASE, WOULD I BE ABLE TO PLANT A LARGE VEGETABLE GARDEN? OR IS THAT NOT A GOOD IDEA?

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  11. Hey there! I’m a military wife also, and we are moving soon, probably to base housing. It’s great to know I can (attempt to anyway) grow my own veggies, even on the patio. This is a silly question, but I’m a newbie, ha ha: did you drill holes in your buckets for water drainage?

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  16. Living in military housing I’ve had places where I had the freedom to garden as I wished. Places that have restrictions on inground planting, container gardening always works. Keep it looking nice and trim and there shouldn’t be any problems. They usually get. Upset when it’s overgrown and unkept.

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  23. Hey. I dig your Homer bucket garden. I have one myself. It’s 20 Homer buckets growing tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, and a Meyer’s lemon tree hydroponically. Those big orange buckets work great! 🙂

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