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Has it always been a dream of yours to start a container garden, but not sure where to start? Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to dust off that green thumb of yours and get to planting. Beautify your balcony with plants this spring with these recommendations for container gardening in Southeast Texas.

Determine What Grows Well In Southeast Texas

Get a start on planting crops that do well in spring, particularly in the Houston-area climate. Tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, and spinach should all be planted in the March-April timeframe. Herbs like basil, dill, chives, cilantro, oregano, mint, and parsley all do well in our area, and especially when planted near a companion plant. Here’s a quick look at companion planting (AKA, what plants grow well near each other).

Evaluate Sunlight & Space

Before you pick out your plants for container gardening, it is important to know what grows well under your specific sunlight conditions. Some plants, like tomatoes, like lots of sunlight, while others like lettuce, do not need as much and too much sun will do the plant harm. Just as important as gauging the sunlight is determining how much space is needed between plants. Overcrowded plants are a recipe for a gardening disaster. 

Get Creative With Growing Space

Container gardening is an excellent way to garden while having a small space. If you’re running low on patio floor real estate, get creative with how you display your crops. Vertical gardening can be done with a handy stackable vertical planter, or maybe you’d like to try your DIY skills and make a vertical garden planter.

Gather Your Supplies at Local Nurseries

Get a start on this year’s balcony container garden with a trip to one of Katy’s many plant nurseries and garden centers. Stock up on pots, soil, seeds, veggie starts, and more at Cornelius Nursery in Katy. Check out Katy Hardware for the essentials. Or browse the pathways of Nelson Garden Waters & Nursery for major inspiration and garden envy. Everything you need to get your garden going is close to home at Olympus Katy Ranch.

Spruce up your balcony, and your homemade meals, with some vegetable container gardening this spring. A little knowledge goes a long way, so take note of these container garden recommendations in Southeast Texas. Looking for more planty projects? Check out our other blog posts for more gardening ideas.