Gardening Gardens

The Basics of Container Gardening – The Sun-Gazette Newspaper

On a cool day in late spring, I wandered in my back yard and counted 35 planted containers! I had collected the containers: large, medium, and small, from thrift stores, friends, and garden shops. They were various shapes and colors. And, of course, when planted, every container showcased plants I was interested in at the time. Several of the containers had been planted 5 or more years ago and were looking rather tired, some even had roots growing though the drainage hole! Others no longer served their purpose in highlighting a special plant or theme. Several containers were cracked or broken. And, keeping them watered in our hot, dry summers was getting harder. In my quest to revitalize and reduce the number of containers, I spent some hours researching container gardening.