3 Ridiculously Easy Container Garden Planting Guides

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Hey guys! Gardening season is upon us. In some areas of the country, it's already here, but in my area it's still a few weeks away. I've been scouring the internet all winter dreaming up my plans for spring and summer gardening. One thing I love to do is collect container gardening ideas. Several sites I love have compiled awesome ideas for the beginner gardener to help them get started. 

If you're new to edible gardening, and also new to container gardening, you may want to bookmark this post. I'll be sharing some awesome themed container garden ideas below. Try one, or try them all at once if you're feeling hopeful. In this post, I'll be sharing ideas I got from Bonnie Plants. You could do these anywhere there is sun, even on a tiny balcony if you don't have much space. You could also surround them with other potted plants you love, or mix these in with your existing garden plans. 

I have taken these ideas straight from their container gardening section on their site, so feel free to pop over there for more information. Their site is super helpful, and I refer to it often for gardening ideas and growing information. (Also, they have cool planting illustrations as evidenced below!)

SALAD GARDEN CONTAINER PLANTING GUIDE


Bonnie Plants salad garden in containers

What you will need:
+ (1) 24-inch wide pot
+ (2) 18-inch wide pots
+ (1) 14-inch wide pot
+ 6-10 spinach plants
+ 1-3 kale plants
+ 6-8 buttercrunch lettuce plants
+ 1 curled or flat leaf Italian parsley plant
+ 1 arugula plant
+ 2 romaine lettuce plants
+ 1 onion chives plant
+ 2 red leaf lettuce plants

Planting arrangement:
24-inch pot - kale plants in the middle of the pot, and spinach plants around the edge. 
18-inch pot #1 - parsley in the middle, and buttercrunch lettuces around the edge of the pot.
18-inch pot #2 - arugula in the back of the pot, and evenly space both romaine lettuces in the front. 
14-inch pot - chives in the back of the pot, and evenly space two red leaf lettuces in the front. 

To see a visual guide, click here

HERB GARDEN CONTAINER PLANTING GUIDE


Bonnie Plants Herb Garden in containers


What you will need:
+ (1) 24-inch wide pot
+ (2) 18-inch wide pots
+ (1) 14-inch wide pot
+ 1 rosemary plant
+ 1 lemon Verbena (I swapped out their Greek columnar basil for lemon verbena, because I've never seen the Greek one anywhere I shop for herb plants! Plus, if you get a whiff of the lemon verbena, you'll thank me.)
+ 2-3 onion chives plants
+ 1 basil plant
+ 1 thyme plant
+ 1 flat Italian parsley plant
+ 1 curled parsley plant
+ 1 oregano plant
+ 1 mint plant
(Feel free to substitute any of these for herbs of your choice, but just remember, mint spreads like crazy so try not to put it in pots it has to share with other herbs.)

Planting arrangement:
24-inch pot - rosemary and lemon verbena side by side in the back of the pot, fill the front of the pot with the chives.
18-inch pot #1 - basil in the back of the pot, and thyme along the front.
18-inch pot #2 - flat leaf and curled parsleys in the back of the pot, oregano along the front.
14-inch pot - mint.

To see a visual guide, click here

SALSA GARDEN CONTAINER PLANTING GUIDE


Bonnie Plants Salsa Garden In Containers


What you will need:
+ (1) 24-inch wide pot
+ (2) 18-inch wide pots
+ (1) 14-inch wide pot
+ 1 determinate tomato with cage (an indeterminate will grow like crazy and crowd the onions!)
+ 1 red bell pepper plant with stake
+ 1 jalapeño plant with stake
+ 2 cilantro plants
+ 6-12 white onion plants
+ 10-15 red onion plants

Planting arrangement:
24-inch pot - tomato in the middle with a cage, and surround with red onions around the outside of the pot.
18-inch pot #1 - jalapeño in the middle of pot with stake, and surround it with white onions.
18-inch pot #2 - red bell pepper in the back of the pot with stake, and cilantro in the front.
14-inch pot: cilantro.

To see a visual guide, click here.

As you can see, it's super easy to have a great garden every year, even if you just have space for a few pots. I'm growing quite a few of these plants this year in my potted patio garden, but there are quite a few more that will fit, that I hadn't thought of. To get more of their container garden ideas, like a pizza garden or tea garden, click here.

Also, for more info on container gardening and ideas on what you can grow, check out Morning Chores. They have some great ideas, too.

++ What do you think of these planting ideas? What's your favorite edible plant to grow in a pot? What do you really want to learn how to grow? 
3 Ridiculously Easy Container Garden Planting Guides // www.thejoyblog.net


[All illustrations taken from Bonnie Plants website.]



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16 comments

  1. I am so anxious to start gardening. Already looking for new ideas and this just might one of them.

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    1. One that I didn't post, but wanted to is their tea garden ideas. I bought chamomile seeds this year and am hoping to learn how to harvest stuff for tea! Like lavender,chamomile, mint...

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  2. These look pretty easy but too bad I don't have a green thumb. I killed the only house plant I ever had.
    - Amanda Shuman | Carrylove Designs

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    1. I know the feeling! That's why I shop at OSH - if you kill your plants, they have a lifetime refund if you keep the pot & receipt.

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  3. Salsa garden: A must have on my patio! We spend so much $$$ on chips and salsa. It would be nice to have the fresh ingredients available at home!

    Danielle | Twenty Dollar Date
    twentydollardate.com

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    1. Man, nothing beats fresh grown tomatoes, and peppers. We grew them last year and were VERY happy.

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  4. This is awesome! I love gardening and can't wait to grow an herb garden!

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    1. I love fresh herbs! I like to dry mine too and just put them in empty spice containers.

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  5. I LOVE this! Totally saving it. This will be my first year doing a garden, and I'm SO excited.

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    1. Gardening is so fun! Also, if you're stressed or grieving, it's quite the healing hobby.

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  6. I love the idea of potting more than one plant together. This is a very helpful guide to get me started!

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  7. I love the idea of potting more than one plant together. This is a very helpful guide to get me started!

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    1. I've only done it with herbs, but I'm excited to try it with salad greens, and maybe try onions around the tomatoes.

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  8. Oh my gosh, I need that salsa garden. I've never planted anything before in my life but I want to be a little self sufficient, so maybe it'll be something I'll try this year or next!

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    1. We grew our own bell and jalepeno peppers and tomatoes last year. It was super easy, and fun to eat! Plus, it makes you realize how overpriced peppers are at the store.

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  9. What a great post! I love how the plantings are grouped. I've been meaning to start an herb garden indoors, and this is the perfect encouragement :)

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