Learn how to grow edible and ornamental plants in containers on your porch, deck, balcony, or patio. This workshop will explore soil, containers, maintenance, and selection of suitable plants.
This free online class was offered by Extension Master Gardeners.
Speaker: Anne Reed, Extension Master Gardener
Zoom session, recorded May 1, 2020
Video of Presentation
- 0:00 Introduction
- 04:15 Why Container Gardening?
- 17:32 Containers
- 52:28 Growing Mediums
- 59:00 Watering Basics
- 1:03:27 Fertilizing
- 1:07:00 Right Plant, Right Place
- 1:21:01 Plant Selection
- 1:27:15 Pollination
- 1:28:38 Potting Demonstration
- 1:46:17 Care Basics
- 1:48:19 Overwintering Basics
- 1:49:21 Resources
- 1:49:50 Questions
- Relf, Diane, reviewer John Freeborn. Vegetable Gardening in Containers. n.d. Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech & Virginia State University.
- Traunfeld, Jonathan. Container Vegetable Gardening: Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces. 2006. University of Maryland Extension, Home & Garden Information Center.
- Best Management Practices – Outdoor Container Gardening.
Container planted in video, four weeks after planting:
- Thriller: Duranta repens (Gold edge)
- Filler: Thymus vulgaris (English thyme)
- Spiller: Dahlia pinnata ‘Bahama Mama’ (Dahlia)
Container Gardening with Native Plants
- Check out Elaine Mills’ presentation on Small Space Gardening for Pollinators. Start at 1:09:43 to see her recommendations for natives for containers. Suggested plants include perennials, ferns, grasses, sedges, rushes and small shrubs.
- Check out our Tried & True Native Plants for the Mid-Atlantic factsheets when choosing native plants for containers.