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Contain Yourself!

We don't all have the space (or, truth be told, the patience) to garden a sizable plot. It would be nice to grow rows upon rows of lettuce and beans and tomatoes, but that takes a lot more yard than many of us have (not to mention patience. Did we mention patience?).

There's a terrific option for those of us who want to exercise our green thumb in our own little plot of land. It's called container gardening. It's pretty straightforward to get started, and we've created a handy list to make it even easier:

1)    Choose a pot, preferably one that's not plastic, which not only doesn't let the roots breathe, but when the sun gets hot can actually heat them up. Ceramic is a better choice.

2)    Choose the size. Containers for gardening usually come in 7, 10, 15, or 20 gallons. Did you know you can even grow pumpkins in the larger ones? If you're willing to let the vines cascade down across your patio, the crop possibilities are pretty wide open.

3)    Prepare the soil. And notice we said soil, not stones! You may be tempted to fill the bottom with stones for drainage, but doing so will raise the level of the roots and keep things perpetually soggy. Pine bark mulch is a much better choice. As for drainage, soil that contains Pearlite drains much better than peat moss.

So there you go! That's really all there is to it. Find yourself a nice, sunny spot and pull up a lawn chair. Once your container garden is planted, you can sip some lemonade and watch it grow. Between sips, pull a weed or two. Patience is overrated anyhow!

(Need plant markers for your crops? Hop on over to our blog at oopsydaisy.com for some DIY ideas!)

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