How to Set up Your Own Tiny Garden in 7 Easy Steps

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Container gardening has become increasingly popular in recent years, and with good reason: it is cost-effective, water-wise, space efficient and super easy! Plants, and especially veggies, are happy to grow in pretty much anything, whether it’s a bucket or a bag. You really don’t need a lot of space for it either. As long as you have a sunny spot, you can grow something. Let’s take you through the steps to setting up your own small garden.
Step 1: Find a suitable container

Veggies are happy to grow in pretty much anything, from a bucket or old wheelbarrow to a compost bag. A container garden is the perfect solution for a small garden because you can move it easily and it hardly requires any maintenance apart from watering.
I had an old metal baby bath that seemed the perfect size for a herb garden by the kitchen door.

Step 2: Ensure good drainage

It is a common misconception that you should put gravel or small stones in the bottom of a container to assist with drainage. A few old kitchen sponges in the bottom will help water drain sufficiently as well as keep moisture in the soil for longer. This is also a great way to recycle!

Step 3: Add water funnels

This is such a clever addition to your container garden that you will want to add it to every pot you have! See the full instructions for the PVC water funnels here.

Step 4 : Fill with potting soil

Make sure that you get great quality, certified weed-free potting soil to fill your container with. Throw the potting soil on top of the sponges, and mix with compost to ensure good, healthy soil for your plants and seedlings.

Step 5: Give things a bit of a boost

See what gave my tiny garden the necessary boost here!

Step 6+7: Plant and Water

Plant your seedlings or established plants. Fill up the funnels and water well all around the container without allowing water to stand on the surface of the soil.

Maintain a healthy watering schedule and watch your tiny garden flourish!

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Happy tiny gardening!

x Germarie

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  • Victoria Hiers
    on May 18, 2020

    Love it! How did you cap the PVC?

    • Jeanne
      on May 18, 2020

      Buy a PVC carat the HD or Lowes in your area.

  • Sarahritter
    on May 18, 2020

    so how does the water drain out when it rains?

    • Gabrielle Falk
      on Jul 24, 2020

      Would add drainage holes, anyway to the bottom of the container, as well as holes down the length of the pipe/s. And raise the garden up slightly, with pot 'feet', which only raises the height a few inches. To assist with drainage. After a while, wouldn't the sponges disintegrate? If you wanted to add new sponges, you'dd have to dig out the whole garden. I've dbeen gardening for far too long, and I really cannot see any advantage to using spongess. However, each to their own. Perhaps lower the height of the water pipes, so they are not so obvious.

  • Stolzy
    on Jun 6, 2020

    Did you still put holes in the bottom to drain?

    Did you leave the PVC open on both ends or did you put holes in it?

      on Jun 7, 2020

      My container had some leaks in the bottom so it drains by itself ;-) But, yes, it is advisable to make sure that your container drains properly by adding some holes to the base. And the PVC pipes are open top and bottom, and I have drilled holes randomly along the full length. Hope that helps! Germarie

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  • Jeanne
    on May 18, 2020

    I also use cut up old pool noodles for the sponge stuff at the bottom - especially in bigger pots - less potting soiled great fro drainage. I cut them circles - any 1/2 " in thickness, little wedges - all according to the size of my pots. Great for drainage in succulents too.

  • Doreen Kennedy
    on May 22, 2020

    The pvc pipes are great for watering plant roots. I usually use 2 liter pop bottles. I think I like the look of your pvc better.

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