How to Start An Indoor Container Garden

Whether you live in a big city, don’t have any garden space, or just want to grow some plants indoors during the winter, container gardening is a great option. Here is what you will need to set up your own container garden.

Container gardening can be an excellent choice for wanna-be gardeners who are short on space, time, or good soil. Even urban gardeners can grow some delicious veggies in pots on a patio or in a sunny window.

Getting started with your own container garden is pretty easy, but you will need a few materials to get started. Here is a short list of the basics – and where to get them:


There are many places that you can get the containers for your garden.

Once you have your containers there are four different ways that you can make self-watering containers.

Potting Soil

If you want, you can make your own organic potting soil. When I was living in NYC, I made most of the potting soil for my fire escape garden.

In Los Angeles, I’ve bought nearly all of the organic potting soil for my balcony garden from Whole Foods. You could also check your local nursery, garden or hardware store.

Seeds and Plants

I usually get my seeds from Seeds for Generations. There are many other seed companies out there.

Other places that your can get your seeds from are from seed swapping groups that are local to you or are online….

For plants, check your local farmers markets or nurseries.

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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