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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  • Sarahritter Sarahritter on May 18, 2020

    so how does the water drain out when it rains?

  • Stolzy Stolzy on Jun 06, 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?

  • Nina Davis Nina Davis on May 18, 2021

    Can you line the bottom with disposable diapers to absorb extra water to be released as the soil dries out. You can usually pick up these that have been opened in thrift shops fairly cheap.


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  • Larry Larry on May 17, 2021

    USED THIS SYSTEM ABOUT 15 OR 16 YEARS AGO for our strawberry barrel and sponges under where holes cut out on side of barrel and strawberry plant in each hole

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    • Larry Larry on Jun 18, 2021

      What is the deck floor material Wood or maintenance free resin / plastic composition material On wood you need a pan under pot with small feet under to allow air to travel under pan On composite materials use small pieces of composite as feet to give up to 1/2 inch of air to flow under pots

  • Rebecca Stauffer Rebecca Stauffer on Aug 10, 2021

    I put plastic bottles with small holes in the bottom of my large containers the excess water fills up in those and releases it when the dirt is dry. I seen a video on youtube of this. A man has his entire garden done like this.