Growing a Garden on a Concrete Patio

What You'll Need
About 10 pounds of gardening gravel
4-5 large pots
3-4 medium sized pots
At least 20 pounds of organic potting soil
Appropriate plant(s) to fill each container

Many people don’t realize that you can convert any space into a garden, even if your home only has a small patio space. If your outdoor space is infertile or covered by concrete, you can keep your garden in containers. Container gardening gives the gardener the potential power to control every aspect of a plant's growing conditions. Not to mention, it makes your garden completely portable. A portable garden can follow you for many years and enable you to re-arrange your plants to suit your mood and their growing conditions. This article will give a beginner a general idea about how to start a container garden from scratch.

Step 1—Prepare for the Garden Installation

Before you purchase any of the necessary container garden supplies, it is a good idea to prepare your outdoor space by cleaning the area of any debris.

Step 2—Prepare Containers for Planting

Before you put anything in your container, make sure there are adequate drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. If there aren’t any drainage holes, you will need to pierce the container to ensure proper water flow. Next, fill each container about two inches high (or 1/6 of the height of the container) with gardening gravel.

Adding gardening gravel is important because it greatly contributes to the plants overall health. Gravel is imperative in maintaining the proper drainage of the plant’s container. After adding the gravel, fill the pot halfway with potting soil.

Step 3—Fill the Containers with Plants

Now that you have prepared your containers, you can start filling them with life. Gently remove your purchased plants from their containers by turning them upside down and massaging the container. Eventually the plant should easily slide out of the pot without causing any damage to the plant.

Before putting the plant in its permanent container, it is important to break up the root ball. Use your fingers to gently massage and break apart the plant’s root ball; do not be afraid to be sort of aggressive. You will not kill the plant by breaking apart its roots. Instead, you will encourage faster and stronger root spread and generation as new roots spring to life and emerge from the root ball.

After breaking apart the root ball, gently position the plant in its permanent container. Make sure that it is level and exactly how you wish for it to sit in the pot forever. After perfectly positioning the plant you may finish the process by filling in any extra space with potting soil. Push down the potting soil so that it is packed into the container and then soak the container with water to eliminate any trapped air bubbles.