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How to Grow A Container Garden

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garden on the porch

This is a sponsored post on the behalf of Miracle-Gro® Liquafeed® Universal Feeder. All opinions are my own and 100% genuine, based on my experience with the product/company. Amazon affiliate links are included in this post.

I never thought I would have a garden while living in our town house. There’s no yard and for some reason the HOA frowns upon digging up the gravel on the side of our home. 😉 However, they do allow potted plants on the porch, so when the folks at Miracle-Gro® sent their Miracle-Gro® Liquafeed® Universal Feeder to try out, it got me thinking: How can I create a container garden that was both easy and inexpensive?

garden plan

First, you need a plan. Don’t be afraid to draw out, write down, etc. everything you want to do. Trust me. A little time on paper, no matter how small the garden, will help tremendously. (Just be sure to write it down NOT on the back your child’s artwork. Trust me.) has a plethora of helpful tips when starting your garden. My absolute FAVORITE was the Sprout It tool! (Look under Tools > Sprout It! on their main menu. This is an app that guides you to what plants are best in your area, when and how you should plant, water, harvest, problem shooting, etc. It’s my secret weapon now.

garden containers

Once you’ve got your plants in mind, it’s time to get the pots/planters/containers. I found that most planting containers can get expensive. So while perusing my local dollar store, I just happened to pass…. the garbage cans. They were the same size + shape of the legit planters I wanted. So I grabbed 3 garbage cans, 2 medium cheap-o planters, and a smaller one that was a little more, but I loved it, so….

I ran home, and spray painted (only) the outside of the medium planters grey (because my daughter asked why I wanted planters the color of scabs, so they obviously needed a makeover). Once dry, I drilled 4 small drainage holes in the bottom of each container, turned them back over and put a small layer of gravel on the bottom.

garden container ideas


garden plants

Next came the plants. I bought some starters, grabbed some MiracleGro® potting mix, and started planting. My kids loved this part. Get them involved! They helped pick out, plant, and water our little front porch garden. We’re all pros now.

garden instagram


garden feed

Now the easy part. Feeding. You guys. I am in love with the Liquafeed® Universal Feeder! My plants have grown so fast since I started using it, and they look great! Even when something attacked one of my chive plants and I thought it was gone for good, it’s now coming back! If you can use a hose (or any watering device), you can have amazing looking plants. There’s no need to guess how much to give them, the Miracle-Gro® Liquafeed® Universal Feeder automatically mixes the right amount of nutrients for you.  What?! Yes.  All you need to do is flip the switch every other week. Boom. And I adore how it connects so easily to my spigot.

liquafeed universal feeder


garden markers

Now that I have a beautiful container garden on my front porch, I needed plant markers to match. So I created these darling gnome plant markers to add a little whimsy to the pots.


Grow A Container Garden + Gnome Plant Markers

With a little planning, prepping, adorable plant markers, and being armed with Miracle-Gro® Liquafeed® Universal Feeder, you’re on your way to the best container garden of your life! 😉  Happy planting! -xoxo