Ready planted garden planters will save you the trouble, time and money of planting in a garden. All you need to do is purchase a planter, assemble it, place it in your garden and fill it with soil and plants. That’s it! Ready-planted garden planters can be used for a variety of purposes, including planting a vegetable garden, growing herbs, or creating a planter box.
The benefits to using ready-planted garden planters are many. It can help you avoid the time and labor involved with traditional gardening, it won’t cost you anything for supplies and it’s also safer than planting your own seedlings.
Part 1 of 4: Setting Up a Ready-Planted Garden Planter
Select a sturdy planter to be your base. You’ll use this as the base to build up your ready-planted garden planter. You can select a small, easy-to-store planter such as a Rubbermaid, metal or plastic container. Keep in mind, however, that the base of the planter will need to be sturdy enough to support the weight of the soil and the weight of the seeds and plants you’ll add.
In addition to choosing a sturdy base, you’ll also want a base that has good drainage, will hold a lot of water and will allow you to easily insert plants and other elements. If you’re unsure of the best choice for your soil conditions, ask a local nursery or horticulturalist for recommendations.
You may also wish to purchase a container to be your base. The main difference between these two types of planters is that the ready-planted container will have holes in its base. These holes will allow water to drain out of the container and, in turn, provide a stable base that won’t easily shift if you tilt your planter to water your plants. If you select this type of planter, select a sturdy container that can handle the weight of the soil and the weight of the plants you’ll add.
Choose plants that are easy to transplant. You can use your planter to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers, however, the plants you plant should be easy to transplant. If you grow plants from seed, plant the seedlings in the planter at the appropriate time and transplant them later when your plants are ready. You can also buy transplants. These are plants that have already been potted in small containers. Plants in these containers are usually already growing and may even be growing larger in their pot.
Add a layer of sand or other filler to your planter. This will provide a smooth surface and ensure that your container will have enough space for growing plants.
Choose a seed or seedling mix to plant in the planter. The seed or seedling mix you select should be suited to the type of plant you plan to grow in the planter. If you are growing vegetables, you may want to select a vegetable mix, if you are growing flowers, you may want to select a flowering mix.
Make sure to water your plants regularly. You should add water when you notice your plants become short on water. The soil in a planter will be better able to hold water if you water when the soil is dry. Watering your plants more often than once or twice a week is a waste of water.
Things You Will Need
Seed or seedling mix
When you water your plants regularly, water the soil in your planter as well as the plants.
Avoid watering your plants when it is hot, as the plants may not absorb all of the water.
When planting in containers, do not fill the entire container with soil. If you have too much soil, the plants may not grow well. Fill your planter to a level you can still see the bottom of the container without having to bend down to the planter.
If you plan to plant your seeds and seedlings in the planter, make sure you wait until the weather is warm and the ground has started to warm up.
Only water your plants once or twice a week.
About the Author
Katherine O'Connor has been a freelance writer for more than 15 years, specializing in writing technical and business content. O'Connor has a bachelor's degree in English from Western Illinois University.