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How to Plant a Container Garden

No time or space for a full-blown backyard? We'll show you how to start a container garden on your patio or windowsill.

Photo: Antonis Achilleos

Step 1
Buy seedlings (baby plants that come in plastic pots). Just be sure you have the kind of light they’ll need. Use Lowe's Plant Guide if you need help finding specific care instructions—you'll find everything you need to know about your plant, from how much lighting it needs to how big it will grow.

Step 2
Pick a nicer pot (terra-cotta, ceramic, metal) that’s twice as big as the plant’s root ball will be when it’s fully grown. For most herbs, a five-inch pot is perfect. Make sure it has a drainage hole.

Step 3
Fill the pot with soil and pat it down so it settles. Make a hole. Squeeze the sides of the container and, supporting the stem, pull out the plant (and the soil). Place it upright in the hole. Pat the soil around the stem.

Step 4
Give your plant a drink. It will need some water if the soil an inch down is dry. Make sure to mix plant food in with the water once a month, too.

Nestperts: James FD Martin, home gardener extraordinaire; Nicholas Staddon of Monrovia nurseries, Don Zeidler of W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

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