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Container Gardening Supplies

Container Gardening Supplies from Gardens Alive

Whether you own a working farm, live in a sprawling city or rent a tiny studio apartment, you can grow your own unique garden with help from Gardens Alive! Our team has put together an impressive lineup of Grow Tub®fabric garden containers in a range of sizes and applications, easy-to-use drip irrigation systems and garden accessories to make your foray into container planting as quick and easy as possible. All of these are great options for gardeners looking for organic gardening supplies.

For those with a bit more property, we offer a line of raised bed options that can be easily customized to accommodate virtually any type of produce plants. Grow Tub Container Mats keep water damage to decks at bay.

Choosing the Right Garden Planters and Getting the Most Out of Your Purchase

How do you know what container supplies you need for gardening? We recommend that you start with determining what you want to grow. If you're new to gardening and want to start with a few herbs and lettuce, our 7-gallon Grow Tubs are the perfect size. But if you want to grow larger plants, like tomatoes, potatoes or blueberries, you'll need at 15- or 20-gallon Grow Tub. For those with more space and who are planning to grow more, we have raised garden bed options too.

Understanding Container Gardening

Like your other gardening supplies, container gardening supplies can be used for several years when cared for properly.

How Planting Changes with Container Gardening Supplies

Many container gardeners say planting is easier with containers. Usually you can plant seeds earlier because the soil in the container is warmer— and you don't have to wait for the soil to dry out. Weed control, too, is easier. Usually your container soil doesn't have the amount of weed seed that ground-level soil contains. If a late spring or early fall frost threatens, you can move your container indoors.

Where to Store Your Container Gardening Supplies

As with other gardening supplies, container gardening supplies can be damaged by wind, moisture and sunlight. To extend the life of your container gardening supplies, we recommend emptying them of dirt and plant material at the end of the growing season and storing them in a garage or shed for the winter.

Fall cleanup is easy with container gardening. At the end of the season, simply remove plant material and dirt and then store in a garage or gardening shed.

Gardens Alive Grow Tubs

Grow Tubs allow you to grow more plants in less space. They're also great to use on patios or decks. Made of durable, now-woven geotextiles, these gardening tubs are available in a variety of sizes and in black or tan.

Choosing the Right Grow Tubs

Grow Tubs allow for air and water exchange and encourage a strong, healthy root system for plants. To determine the size to buy, first consider what plants you want to grow. Here are some guidelines:

  • 7-Gallon Tub: herbs, lettuce, spinach, onions, shallots, leeks, garlic, radish, parsnips, and turnips.
  • 10-Gallon Tub: peppers, eggplant, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, artichoke, carrots, onions, and beets.
  • 15-Gallon Tub: tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, peas, beans, grapes, and other small fruits.
  • 20-Gallon Tub: potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, melons, squash, pumpkins, blueberries, and raspberries.

Maintaining Your Grow Tubs

Grow Tubs can be re-used season after season. To extend the life of your Grow Tub, we recommend emptying the gardening tubs of dirt and plant material at the end of the season, allowing them to dry out, then folding them and storing them in a dry place.

Other Garden Planters

Gardeners can also choose to grow plants in pots and planters, raised bed systems and even self-watering systems. They all have pros and cons.

Garden Planters and Pots

Garden planters and pots are popular because they can be quite decorative. Many gardeners opt to use them to add style and color to a patio or deck. Like Grow Tubs, they're easy to move.

Raised Garden Beds

Raised bed gardening has a lot of advantages. Because top soil, compost and potting soil is added to the raised bed, it's a great option for gardeners living in areas with poor soil. Raised beds usually have better drainage—and the soil usually doesn't become compacted. Most gardeners are able to grow more plants in less space with raised bed systems.

The downside of raised beds is that they are more expensive and time-consuming to install (rather than planting directly into your soil).

Self Watering Containers

For those with busy schedules, a self-watering container may be better than other planters. Our Self Watering Plant Tower holds 2 liters of water and eliminates over or underwatering. It can be used for tomatoes, cucumbers, runner beans, peas and vining flowers. The limitation of this system, though, is the amount of plants you can grow.

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