Here are just a few container gardening ideas to help spark your imagination and get your container garden growing!
Container Gardening Idea #1: When it starts to grow… grow it!
Did you forget you bought the sweet potato (or yam) only to discover it was far too soft to peel? Don't throw it away!
Those white growths you see are roots. If you pot it, you'll soon have one of the prettiest vines you can imagine.
One sweet potato will send out several shoots.
Give your sweet potato vine plenty of sun and keep it moist. When the vine begins to crawl over the edge of your container, if you pinch it off, your sweet potato will become more bush-like and you can root the tip in water or moist soil. However, if you have room for a large container, replant it and train it to grow on a pot-trellis.
In the spring, plant your sweet potato vines in your garden (if you can part with them) and you will have fresh flower and fruit gardening guides homegrown sweet potatoes in the fall!
Container Gardening Idea #2: Sweet and spicy strawberry pot.
No, you can't grow cinnamon but you can grow a variety of herbs and even edible flowers in a strawberry pot. A strawberry pot is an urn-like container with a large opening on the top and several smaller openings on the sides.
Strawberry pots make excellent herb gardens. Plant the herbs that you use most and discover the wonderful difference between fresh and dried herbs. In addition, violas (Johnny jump-ups), pansies, and nasturtiums are edible perennial flowers that will brighten up your kitchen and add a splash of color to your strawberry pot.
A good strawberry cultivar to plant is the Alpine strawberry. This berry reseeds itself and fills your kitchen with fragrance as well as sweet, fresh strawberries. Strawberry container gardening is really one of the best container gardening ideas.
Container Gardening Idea #3: Easy pickin'.
Have fresh salad toppings at your fingertips with a pretty and practical addition to your kitchen. Consider training a Roma tomato on a trellis behind an ornamental (but edible) pepper plant. Tomato container gardening is both fun and tasty
Container Gardening Idea #4: Fruitful garden.
Don't throw away that peach pit! Crack it open and plant it! The inner seed will soon sprout into a mini-fruit tree.
Aside from peaches, consider cherries and apples.
Citrus fruits like tangerines, lemons, and limes are also fruit trees that thrive in containers.
A fig tree is a great choice for your first container garden fruit tree. Fig trees are such low-maintenance plants that they even like being root bound!
Cut back on grocery store produce expense and add sweetness, spice, and style to your home by using these and your own indoor container gardening ideas.