Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening

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Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil mixes 101.


This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techniques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil mixes 101.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening

I removed the last of the herbs from the ground, and am now all potted-up. The weather this year has been cooler than normal. We have had a very, very long spring. In my lifetime, I have never seen such a spring in Western New York. Spring basically started the second week in March, and has been 40°s, 50°s, and low-60°s through the third week in May. We are finally drifting more regularly into the 70°s, but it has been a long haul. We have had a few 80°+ days, but not many. And the rain… oh my, the rain. While we have not had it as rough as the Midwest, it has been pretty soggy here, to say the least.

Hubby and I have also been quite sick with some sort of crud that has been going around in the area for the last few months. If you get my newsletter, you know how bad it was. The weather, combined with my illness, gave me a very late planting start in 2019. I didn’t get everything planted until after Memorial Day, so three weeks later than normal.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


And finally, Hubby and I are traveling in September and October, so that means everything outside at our house has to be packed away by Labor Day. I do not plan on coming home for Halloween and have to head to the backyard to put away plants, summer furniture, and the bazillion little lawn decorations I have (above is a small sample, I’ve got a problem!)

With all that in mind, I really thought hard about what fast-growing vegetables to plant. I decided to go heavy on flowers, lighter on vegetables, and very light on the herbs for a different look in the backyard.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


This is my patio for this year. I added a bit more “garden art”!

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Some of this is artwork from Florida, local New York State artists, and some were picked up at Big Lots. It is an eclectic mix.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


I have chalk (in the Tim Horton’s Birdhouse), bubbles, and balls for when the kids come over. It is odd to have young ones around again after so many years without them. My youngest niece is now 27 (Sonny-boy is over 30!), so not so young anymore. The “children” are having children. **sigh** I wish Sonny-boy would get with the program.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


I potted a LOT of flowers this year, and some I purchased already potted. Those above were already potted.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


These are some of the flower baskets I made up.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Last year I purchased a stand at a local garden center. It was what I kept my cabbage on. Well, it was looking kinda beat when I hauled it out of the shed this year, and so I spray painted it to brighten it up!

First I used the Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Spray Paint (yup the auto primer) and allowed it to dry. Then I sprayed on a Bright Copper – also from Rust-Oleum. It looks amazing, and it only took about 90 minutes from start to finish to bring new life to that old outdoor shelving.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


And speaking of sheds, Hubby put this up last year. We got it at Home Depot, it is a Rubbermaid shed and it went together fairly smoothly. After one winter, I will say it held up well. The latch is rusted a bit, which is disappointing. I probably should have sealed it first.

Hubby still has to skirt the bottom. My brother (the exterminator) said to do all four sides so no critter decides takes up residence underneath there without having to put a real effort into their new home. I need to get Hubby on it because if skunks end up being the residents, Hubby will be the one trapping them and getting them out.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


My wheelbarrow is sporting a purple and white mixture of flowers this year. I am trying to attract hummingbirds again. We get them every year, but the more purple flowers I have, the more that come.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


And we have a hummingbird feeder on our tree, and the owls watch over them.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Vegetables I am Growing:

• Green Beans (earth box) both yellow and green
• Cucumbers (earth box)
• Peas
• Cherry Tomatoes
• Lettuce (garden soil bags)
• Spinach (garden soil bags)
• Mustard Greens (garden soil bags)
• Jerusalem Artichokes (this is alllll Hubby)

I chose the vegetables I did for an early harvest. We can freeze the peas and the green beans, Hubby wants the mustard greens for soup, and the spinach will be done early as it bolts with the heat.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


I am doing the bagged vegetable growing again this year. This is where I planted the lettuce, mustard greens, and spinach. As you can see, everything is very behind last year’s pace, but I again I am three weeks behind in my planting.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Herbs I am Growing:

Cilantro
• Oregano
Basil
• Rosemary (in the kitchen)

Rosemary is not considered very hearty for this area. I decided to keep it in the kitchen for a while, at least until the hot weather of July happens.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Flowers I am Growing:

• I made up a lot of pots with various purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers. I want to attract bees and humingbirds, so concentrated on flowers for that. Included in my pots are dusty millers, spikes, salvia, vinca, alyssum, etc. for filler and depth. I’ll be doing some long posts on the various flowers I purchased later this year and early next year. In pink and purple I have petunia hybrids. In purple, nemesia, and scopia. In pink, calibrachoa, and in yellow, osteospermum.

In my fabulous garden tower I am growing spiller flowers this year. Should be beautiful come August when I have to pull them out early. {heavy sigh}

I spent a fortune on flowers this year! Normally, I only get a few hanging baskets and a few potted flowers for the patio. This year, I went bonkers. And my pocketbook reflected that. I bought trays upon trays to plant, and ended up with 11 potted patio plantings (plus the tower), plus sunflowers. While the flowers cost far more than any plant seedlings I have ever purchased, I must say that even in the early growth stages, the patio looks, and smells, amazing!

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Soil Mixtures for Potted Plants:

The earth boxes followed these directions: earth box set-up I have not really deviated from those instructions since I started using them in 2014. These are for my beans, cucumbers, and herbs.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soil Mixure:

The Jerusalem artichokes are planted in pots. They have the ability to take over a garden, so Hubby didn’t want to chance it. The pots were planted as follows:

• A scoop of drainage rocks not covering any drainage holes.
½ Miracle Grow Potting Soil
• ½ Garden Soil
• A layer (yes, a layer) of Garden-tone Vegetable Food

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Sunflower Soil Mixure:

The half and half mixture is due to the length of the artichokes and not wanting the pot to tip over.

The sunflowers are planted in pots. I was going to plant them on the side of the garden shed, but Hubby needs to skirt it, and I didn’t want them crushed or distrubed. The garden shed ended up with a rock border instead.

• A scoop of drainage rocks not covering any drainage holes.
• ½ Garden Soil
• ½ Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Plant Food

The half and half mixture is due to the same reason as the artichokes – some heavy soil so they do not tip over from the height of the flower.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Peas Soil Mixure:

Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Garden-tone Vegetable Food

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Flower Pot Soil Mixure:

Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Plant Food

While I do use the Miracle Grow Potting Soil I also feed the plants (vegetables, herbs, and flowers) too.

Are you gardening this year? Containers, in-ground, or a mix of the two? How is your garden growing?


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Comments

  1. I’ve got a bit of a crush on those purple pots! Spinach bolts early where I’m at – this year was probably the perfect year to grow it if anyone was able to get past mud to plant it! It’s been cool and rainy where I’m at as well.

    • Vanessa, yes, last year my spinach bolted fast. This year, it is slow growing due to the rain. Hopefully, we can dry out and the cooler weather will stick around for another week or so to allow me to harvest at least a few servings.

      Those purple pots came from a garden center outside of Rochester, NY!! I have not seen them anywhere else, or else I would link to them. They came in a variety of colors (pink, blue, yellow, etc), but I too loved the purple.

      Ann

  2. Sandi Magle says

    This is really a great post—I just finished a container post—and I forgot to even mention what I use. Love the bag idea—easy clean up for fall–do they hold too much water though? We have been drowning in Chicagoland this year?

    • Sandi, click here for my post on how to grow in the garden soil bags.

      We were in Chicago last week and had dry weather one day! I think we have had a lot of rain here (we have) but nothing like you all have received. On the drive home, we saw overflowing creeks, ponds, etc all through Illinois and Indiana. It was also pretty bad in Ohio.

      As far as do the bags hold water? Nope. just follow the instructions and you should be able to prevent it.

      Ann

      • Sandi Magle says

        Oh, gosh, Ann. I feel guilty whining about our rain—None of the farmers here, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and further have crops planted it is so sad. Take care, and I appreciate the link!
        Sandi

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