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Successful Container Gardening: Building Soil That Works

Sep 29, 2023 09:31AM ● By Christian Robinson of Revival Gardening

Every gardener dreams of flourishing plants, even when space is limited. While container gardening presents its own set of challenges, there’s a golden trick to ensure your potted plants don't just survive but truly thrive: building soil that's supercharged with nutrients.

So, what does it take to have a thriving container garden?

To start, knowing your plant's preferences is key. At risk of stating the obvious, you have to make sure you are planting things at the right time. We live in Central Florida, so we always make sure to follow our Florida Planting Guide. Wherever you live, be sure to research what can grow successfully in your area.

Every region has its quirks. Perhaps it’s too windy, maybe a tad too shady, or perhaps the bugs just love to hang out where you decided to plant your garden. Recognizing and adapting to these geographical limitations is your first step to having a healthy container garden.

Which container should you choose for your tiny garden?

Choosing the perfect container for your garden is as crucial as picking the right shoes for a marathon. It’s essential to consider the size and depth as they directly influence your plant's growth potential. Drainage, aesthetics, cost, and lifespan also play pivotal roles.

For those seeking top-notch quality, Greenstalk Garden stands out. Their patented watering system ensures uniform moisture, negating the hassle of watering each section separately. Manufactured in the USA from food-grade polypropylene plastic, these containers are free from harmful chemicals and are made to last across seasons. Still on the fence? Visit our website ( for a detailed review of the Greenstalk Garden.

Of course, depending on specific needs, several other containers might also catch your fancy. For instance, we’re also big fans of “grow bags.” Want to grow some beautiful tomato plants on your back porch? RainScience Grow bags may just be your answer.

Nutrient-dense soil: The backbone of container gardening

So here’s a question: Why doesn’t everybody do container gardening all the time? Well, there’s a number of reasons. For most people, limited space could be an issue.

The limited space in container gardening is like packing a suitcase for a long trip—every item must be essential and purposeful, ensuring you have everything you need without any wasted space.

Plant roots, confined to a restricted area, cannot meander in search of nutrients. So, the onus is on you to ensure that the little patch they have is teeming with nutrients. Imagine having a table full of your favorite foods within arm's reach—that's how your plant feels with nutrient-dense soil. And maybe it goes without saying, the inverse of that is also true.

Worm castings might just be a container garden's secret weapon

When it comes to giving your plants a nutritious boost, worm castings stand out. These are rich, water-soluble nutrients which are easily accessible to your plants. Think of worm castings as a power-packed meal—nourishing and instantly satisfying. But there's more to explore in the world of worm castings. Dive deeper with our detailed articles (on our website and in the June 2023 edition of Natural Awakenings).

Supercharge your soil with essential amendments

Your container garden relies on your judgment. So, when choosing soil amendments, be thoughtful. North Atlantic sea kelp is rich in micro-nutrients, acting like a multivitamin. It helps to activate all the other nutrients in your soil and is essential for plant health.

When first starting your garden, consider adding Neem Cake to help your plants ward off pests and diseases. Adding Neem Cake to your soil is one simple way to be proactive and not just reactive.

Reviving a struggling container garden: It's never too late!

Is your container garden looking a little under the weather? It's not a lost cause. For a quick nutrient boost, treat your plants to a revitalizing plant tea. You know, plants have this neat trick: they can actually absorb nutrients through their leaves. It's called foliar feeding. When you apply plant teas or liquid fertilizers directly onto their leaves, you're essentially giving them a direct line to the good stuff. It's a faster way to address any nutrient hiccups, which bypass the usual soil route. Pretty efficient, right?

While foliar sprays and liquid fertilizers are undoubtedly effective, there are a few things you should keep an eye on. First, timing is crucial. It's best to apply these during the cooler parts of the day—either early morning or late afternoon—to prevent the leaves from getting scorched. Also, you don’t want to overdo it. Too much of a good thing might lead to nutrient burn or other complications. And always remember: consistency is key. Just like us, plants prefer their nutrients in balanced doses.

Now, speaking of quality foliar sprays, have you come across our Revival Plant Tea? It's a game-changer in the foliar world! What sets it apart? Its unique blend of ingredients ensures that plants get a wholesome dose of nutrients. And the best part? Revival Plant Tea is designed in such a way that makes it easy to use, unlike some teas that have a tendency to turn anaerobic easily (that's never a good thing). It’s like offering your plants a top-tier meal, without any of the unwanted side effects. If your plants could thank you, they surely would after a dose of this.

To wrap it up: Every tiny garden has a potential Eden within

With the right choices and care, container gardening can yield a bountiful harvest. Let us help you make your container gardening experience an absolute joy!

Here are a Few Key Take-Aways:

Try a GreenStalk Garden—it will not disappoint

Add some worm castings—ours work like magic

North Atlantic Sea Kelp is great for getting micronutrients

Neem Cake will proactively protect against pests and diseases

If you’re in a pinch, Revival Plant Tea is a sure-fire way to give your container garden a quick boost

As Master Gardeners (both father and son), Mark and Christian Robinson of Revival Gardening offer guidance and welcome your questions. For more info, pricing, upcoming events and plant sales, visit or call 407-538-7343. Meet them in person, and see a thriving Green Stalk tower on Saturday, Oct 28, 2023, at the Central Florida VegFest, too. See you there!



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