Container Gardening – Top Tips for Success

[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]


  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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?

  15. 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!!

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. You are one of my favourite YouTubers and I want to make a tribute vid to your channel. Please let me know if that is ok with you. My YouTube channel has a lot of motivational and inspirational content because my passion is to share the best personal development methods. I enjoy your content and would love to give it some extra promotion. Hope to hear from you soon!

  23. 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

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

  25. 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

  26. The drainage rocks are unnecessary:

  27. 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

  28. 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

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