How to Plant a Patio Container Garden

Spruce up a patio or small garden area with gorgeous, easy-to-maintain container gardens.

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
Pots and Crops Create Productive Patio

Pots and Crops Create Productive Patio

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • plants of choice
  • terra cotta pots
  • broken pieces of clay pots or pieces of Styrofoam
  • watering can or garden hose
  • compost
  • granular fertilizer

Step 1: Soak Pots

Soak Terra Cotta Pots with Water Before Planting

Soak Terra Cotta Pots with Water Before Planting

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Patio containers are easy to plant, but it’s worth spending a few minutes preparing pots before you start. Choose a pot that will accommodate the plants easily and will allow room for growth. If you are using terra cotta pots, prepare them for planting by first giving the insides a good soaking using a watering can or hose.

Step 2: Cover Drainage Hole

Cover Drainage Hole with Broken Pieces of Pottery

Cover Drainage Hole with Broken Pieces of Pottery

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

If the pot has a drainage hole in the bottom, cover the base with pieces of broken clay pots or bits of Styrofoam to prevent soil from clogging up the hole.

Step 3: Fill Pot

Fill Pot with Compost and Add Granular Fertilizer

Fill Pot with Compost and Add Granular Fertilizer

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill the pot with compost, leaving a gap at the top to allow for watering. Mix a granular fertilizer into the soil according to the instructions on the packet.

Step 4: Firm Down Soil

Firm Down Soil Around Roots of Plants

Firm Down Soil Around Roots of Plants

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position plants in the pot, leaving enough space between them to allow for growth. Gently firm down the soil around the roots, and water in well.

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