How To Create a DIY Container Garden

Man gardening in a container garden on balcony

Living in an apartment does not mean you have to miss out on gardening. In fact, growing a container garden indoors is easy, affordable, and you get to eat the fruits of your labor. All you need are a few things to get started.

Seeds or Seedlings

With online shopping, it’s easier than ever to get quality, affordable seeds. You can also pick up seedlings at your local garden center. You’ll want to pick plants that do well in pots and don’t take up too much room. 

If you’re new to gardening, herbs are a great place to start. Basil, thyme, oregano, and mint are just a few of the herbs that do well indoors. Since each plant has different needs, you’ll want to keep each herb in a separate container. You can learn all you need to know about growing indoor herbs in just a few minutes.


You’ll want to choose a good potting soil for your garden. Choose an all-organic, all-purpose soil that will work well with a variety of plants. Feed your plants every 2-4 weeks to keep them healthy and to optimize food production. 


The amount of water each plant needs will vary. Strawberries need consistently moist soil to produce good fruit. While herbs, like rosemary, thyme, and oregano, like drier, well-drained soil. To keep your herbs healthy, you may want to mix some cactus soil with your all-purpose soil. Other plants should be kept moist but not soggy. Soggy soil can rot the roots of some plants, so be sure not to overwater.


A sunny window works well for small plants, especially herbs. However, tomatoes and strawberries will need a lot of light. You may want to consider grow lights for these plants. Grow lights are a necessity for apartments that do not get a lot of sunlight.


Harvesting is the most rewarding part of growing an indoor garden. Be sure to harvest when the fruit and herbs are ripe. You’ll want to harvest herbs before they start to flower for the best flavor. Herbs can be used fresh, or they can be dried for future use.

Once you have your garden planted, check out these easy adult crafts you can do while you wait for your plants to grow.

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