Gardening in Containers: A Quick Guide
It is widely agreed that gardening brings many benefits, both physical and emotional. One simple but highly effective way in which more people can get these benefits is by growing plants in containers. As part of their container planting project, SAUWS Environment have available a number of windowsill troughs. They are available free of charge to interested staff and students- so why not consider applying for one (details below). All you need to do is come along to one of our sessions in the community garden on your campus, make up your container with our help and take it away, for FREE!
There are many reasons why you might want to consider starting a container garden. For example, it enables:
- Plants to be brought indoors- such as workplaces and residencies.
- People who do not have a garden to enjoy gardening.
- People with restricted mobility to participate in gardening.
- People who are housebound (through mental or physical ill health) can benefit from looking at and tending to plants.
You can grow a range of plants in containers- including vegetables for use the kitchen. Many types of containers can be used to grow plants in. Containers can be placed anywhere- but will thrive on bright, warm window ledges.
Here are some tips to help you get started with a container garden:
- Choose a roomy container.
- Don’t use containers made from treated wood.
- Make sure the container has drainage holes in it.
- Be careful with watering. Make sure water reaches all of the soil in the container (allow the water to run through the container and out of the drainage holes at the bottom).
- Keep an eye on the water content of the soil in the container and don’t let them get too much rain. Top Tip: soil should be moist (test this using your finger).
- Cover containers (and the plants) in the winter months.
- Add your preferred fertiliser to the soil. Follow with more liquid fertiliser as growing continues.
- Make sure tall plants are well supported in the pot.
- Carry out planting at the same time you would for plants growing in the ground.
- Remember to weed the plants as required- and look out for insects or other types of pests.
For information on the best types of plants (including vegetables) to grow in containers:
You can find general information on growing plants in containers at:
If you would like to find out more about obtaining a free window-still trough, contact Natalie.McCall@SAUWS.org.uk with the heading CONTAINER PROJECT
Garden sessions run:
Sessions will run:
Hamilton Campus – Tues 12-3pm
Ayr Campus – Thurs 11-4pm
Paisley Campus – Wed & Fri 12-2