Container Gardening for Small Spaces

Posted on May 11, 2021

by Clare T

Seeking a garden oasis? It is easier than you think to transform your balcony, porch or patio! 

We have experienced a full year of pandemic restrictions and challenges and I suspect we are all looking forward to getting outside to relish the warm sun and fresh air! But, what do you do if you don’t have a yard with a garden space? Container gardening is a simple way to enjoy nature’s bounty without the struggle and trouble of digging up a yard. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers many books and resources for container gardening, ideal for condo dwellers and renters. You will find it is easy to transform your balcony, porch, or patio into your own personal oasis.

Planting and designing potted plants is a wonderful activity for people of all ages. Gardening is the perfect way to introduce your little ones to the joys of nature. Kids love the scent and textures of herbs. Planting a cherry tomato plant, like Sweet 100, adds a continuous harvest. It’s like a miniature Kitchen Garden, always offering something as a nibble or garnish. Children also love making “fairy gardens.” Creating a mini-potted garden will bring out the creative spirit in anyone. Just buy a tiny gnome, and place him in a pottery container among herbs, bark, and stone to create this magical habitat.  

I sometimes nestle herbs, like parsley and cilantro, among my blooming flowers. The outcome can be delightful. Parsley fills in the container’s bare spots and is also a host plant for swallowtail butterflies. Chives will give your planters a heightened, whimsical, wild effect. In its youth, cilantro is a leafy- green Mexican garnish, but it matures to coriander as it seeds-out. Essentially, a balanced pot will have thrillers-fillers-and-spillers. As you plant, do not invite lemon balm into your potted containers. It is an unwelcome visitor that never wants to leave! Not to mention mint, so fragrant and too persistent. Lemon balm and mint will jump out of their pots and thrive wherever they can. Oh, the joys of nature!

Cover of Container Gardener's Handbook: Pots, Techniques, and Projects to Transform Any Space Cover of Container Gardener's Handbook: Pots, Techniques, and Projects to Transform Any Space

Container Gardener's Handbook: Pots, Techniques, and Projects to Transform Any Space

Cover of Container Theme Gardens: 42 Combinations, Each Using 5 Perfectly Matched Plants Cover of Container Theme Gardens: 42 Combinations, Each Using 5 Perfectly Matched Plants

Container Theme Gardens: 42 Combinations, Each Using 5 Perfectly Matched Plants

Cover of The Complete Practical Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening: An Inspiring Sourcebook of Classic and Contemporary Garden Designs, with Ideas and Techniques to Suit Enclosed Outdoor Spaces of Every Shape and Aize Cover of The Complete Practical Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening: An Inspiring Sourcebook of Classic and Contemporary Garden Designs, with Ideas and Techniques to Suit Enclosed Outdoor Spaces of Every Shape and Aize

The Complete Practical Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening: An Inspiring Sourcebook of Classic and Contemporary Garden Designs, with Ideas and Techniques to Suit Enclosed Outdoor Spaces of Every Shape and Aize

Cover of Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs Cover of Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs

Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs

Cover of Easy Container Combos: Vegetables & Flowers Cover of Easy Container Combos: Vegetables & Flowers

Easy Container Combos: Vegetables & Flowers

Cover of The City Gardener's Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Small-Space Gardening Cover of The City Gardener's Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Small-Space Gardening

The City Gardener's Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Small-Space Gardening

Cover of Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces Cover of Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces

Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces

Cover of Teeny Tiny Gardening: 35 Step-by-Step Projects and Inspirational Ideas for Gardening in Tiny Spaces Cover of Teeny Tiny Gardening: 35 Step-by-Step Projects and Inspirational Ideas for Gardening in Tiny Spaces

Teeny Tiny Gardening: 35 Step-by-Step Projects and Inspirational Ideas for Gardening in Tiny Spaces

Cover of Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden Cover of Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden

Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden

Cover of Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life Cover of Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life

Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life

Cover of The Kitchen Herb Garden [electronic resource]: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs Cover of The Kitchen Herb Garden [electronic resource]: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs

The Kitchen Herb Garden [electronic resource]: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs

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Cover of Container Vegetable Gardening [electronic resource]: Growing Crops in Pots in Every Space Cover of Container Vegetable Gardening [electronic resource]: Growing Crops in Pots in Every Space

Container Vegetable Gardening [electronic resource]: Growing Crops in Pots in Every Space

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In addition to Toledo Library’s gardening books and e-media, check out another informative online resource: Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Log-in from home to this free resource using your library card and PIN number: toledolibrary.org and choose Research Tools A-Z

Here you can browse thousands of reference books, projects and magazines on a variety of hobbies including arts and crafts, collecting, gardening, cooking and baking and more!

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