These container gardening ideas will give you a gardening fix for the winter. Are you looking for some flower container ideas? Or vegetable container gardening plans? Any of these container gardening designs could be just what you need. Don’t just twiddle your green thumbs and take on these container gardening ideas this season!
Winter Container Gardening Ideas You Should Know
1. Grow Microgreens
Have you checked lately how expensive microgreens are on the market? For something you can easily grow on your own, you’re better off with a fresh and free supply.
Grow microgreens from sunflowers, peas, chia seeds, and brassicas such as broccoli and cauliflower seeds. Some good soil, a south-facing window or grow lights, and a shallow container and you’re good to go. Seeing these tiny greens grow day by day into a fresh and excellent food source can be both exciting and satisfying.
2. Thriller, Filler, And Spiller Container Gardening Technique
Whether you’re growing edibles, ornamentals or both, do this container gardening trick. This technique allows you to grow different varieties in one container. Now, there’s order to how they are planted or arranged. The taller plants go in the center and are called the thriller. Trailing plants (the “spiller”) take the first row around the container. Low-lying varieties go in the spaces in between (fillers).
You can apply this technique to your ultimate container herb garden. Plant rosemary or sage at the center of the pot. They grow taller and sturdier than other herbs. Curly parsley or silver thyme will make great spillers. Herbs like basil, chives, and oregano can be your filler.
For holiday garden decor, this technique works well with winter-hardy ornamentals. The idea is to use plant parts to decorate for the holidays. Use the thriller, filler, and spiller technique to arrange a large pot or urn. Pick plants like red dogwood twigs as your thriller. Evergreens like pine and juniper, with their droopy leaves, are the spillers. You can use magnolia leaves and euonymus as fillers.
3. Planting A Winter Hanging Basket
I’ve come across this stunning DIY hanging basket from HGTV perfect for winter garden decor. You can hang it on your patio while the weather still allows it, or bring it indoors to enliven any room. Using organic materials such as coco fiber as lining for the basket is a brilliant way to insulate the planter. Also, keep your hanging planter consistently moisturized.
To make this winter hanging basket perfect for the season, pick cold-hardy plant varieties. Ornamentals like cyclamen, heather, violas, and small ivies are ideal. It is best if you will do some research. Look into the most cold-hardy plant varieties and what grows well together both aesthetically and polyculture-wise.
4. Spring Surprise In Pots
This winter, tuck some flowering bulbs in containers. Pick bulbs like fragrant hyacinth, yellow daffodils, and crocuses. You can mix hyacinth and daffodils in the center. Plant the crocus bulbs around the taller varieties since they tend to be low-lying. Add a layer of organic mulch on top of the soil to simulate the ground environment.
Let the bulbs stay dormant in winter and spring the blooms will burst forth with colors. Plant as many containers as you want or can. You will never have enough of these lovely flowers once they begin popping up even in the snow.
5. Ideal Planters For Winter
Gardening buffs will tell you, the bigger the container, the better. This is true, especially when container gardening in winter. Between a fifteen-gallon and a one-gallon container, the one-gallon planter will freeze faster. Small containers also dry out more quickly. When container gardening outdoors, pick containers with a thickness of at least an inch. A thinner material won’t help at all with the insulation, and the plant roots are most likely to suffer.
Not all containers or planters will survive the cold of winter. Terracotta pots might seem sturdy, but they’ll crack with the frost. Non-porous planters like metal and concrete containers can better withstand the freezing temperature. Wooden planters also fare well.
6. Indoor Herb Container Gardening Ideas
Never be without herbs even in winter–especially in winter, when you have all these flavorful soups and stews and more healthy recipes to cook! We also all know the health-boosting properties of herbs are undeniable. With all the hubbub in the kitchen these holidays, fresh herbs will be your trusty ally.
You can grow herbs in any container indoors in winter. You may grow them in vertical planters to save space and grow more. While the temperature indoors will protect herbs from frost, drying out is your enemy. Keep your soil moist but not soggy. Use a sprayer to mist your herbs and keep them hydrated.
7. Container Vegetable Gardening In Winter
You will love your south-facing window this winter season. Fresh herbs, a few pots of lettuce, spinach, beet, and even peppers can be had in winter with a south-facing window. With fresh veggies year-round, you’ll wish you have more south-facing windows to accommodate more.
Can’t stand too much light from outside? Use potted vegetables arranged vertically along your kitchen windows to serve as a pretty and green sunscreen. You may also use a larger container to grow more varieties following the companion planting principle.
8. Indoor Plant Care
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In winter, your succulents, rubber plant, and philodendron will need some extra TLC. Why not, when these plants are scientifically-proven to be air-purifying? Did you know indoor houseplants also help improve humidity in winter? These benefits are bonuses beyond the pleasure of seeing greenery in an otherwise desolate season.
All they need is infrequent yet consistent watering. They’ll need some light too which your windows can aptly provide.
9. Grow Food From Scraps In Containers
I’m sure you’ve heard about this gardening trend before. Growing food from scraps is still much talked about. No wonder, since it is a fun and productive experiment. These cold months ahead, try it with your kids. I know they’re going to love this gardening trick. When you cut the base off of spring onions, or snip a few extra sprigs of basil, don’t throw those away. Let them grow some roots in a glass of water. Then, slip them in a pot of soil a few days after.
Other veggies you can regrow from scraps are carrot tops, garlic greens, and even beet tops. But, you can always experiment with different plants. Take seeds from fruits like avocado and lemon. You can start the seeds this winter indoors.
Follow the tutorial for one of the container gardening ideas in this video from Garden Answer:
These container gardening ideas are just a handful treat. The winter season should only make you want to spend more time gardening on warming you up. Get those green thumbs working and your winter exercise with these container gardening ideas!
What are your favorite container gardening ideas? We’d be delighted to hear all about it in the comments section below!