Planting Container Gardens can be a great way for apartment dwellers or anyone without a yard to still enjoy beautiful plants and even vegetables. About.com assures the reader that planting a container garden is super simple, all you need are plants, potting soil, fertilizer and containers. However, if you want those plants to thrive, they go more in-depth with step by step instructions for keeping your new flora alive.
The culprit of most plant deaths is excess water drowning the plant. Make sure the pot you use has enough drainage. To do this, you may have to drill additional holes, as many as necessary, to allow excess water to drain out. You'll also want to cover the holes with something permeable so your water can drain without taking the soil with it. You can use window screening, coffee filters, paper towels, newspaper or products sold specifically for that purpose.
Now that you have your pot prepared, it's time to get planting. Remove your plants from the pots they were sold in carefully. You'll probably have to squeeze the pot to get the roots loosened up. Next, make sure you add fertilizer to your soil and then plant your new green beauty at the same level it was at in the pot you bought it in. Water immediately after planting. On an ongoing basis, you need to know what conditions each plant prefers as far as water, but a good rule of thumb is to keep the soil moist, not wet, at all times. Water when your fingertip comes out dry after sticking it into the soil up to the second knuckle. That's it! Now get out there and turn your brown thumb green!