If your garden is too small for planting flower beds and vegetables, don’t worry! There are all sorts of plants that can flourish in a pot or planter that you can set on your deck, in a window, or on a patio. Many flowers will do just fine in a deep flower pot or window box. Pansies, zinnias and geraniums are always a welcome spot of portable colour.

Herbs are a wonderful addition to any small space container garden. Plant a variety of edible herbs such as basil, chives, thyme and parsley right in your window box or in a long, shallow tray that you set in a sunny location. You’ll always have a supply of fresh, tasty herbs at your fingertips and the lush greens and heavenly scents will keep you feeling cheerful even in the dead of winter. Make it a decorative piece by painting your planter or window box with an organic paint that is non-toxic to the herbs.

If an edible addition to your container garden is what you seek, vegetables are the way to go! Tomatoes, squash, even carrots will do just fine in deep 5 gallon buckets like the ones you get at the hardware store. If you aren’t keen on the idea of having a plastic concrete bucket on your porch, dress it up with a coat of natural paint that’s safe for the environment.

Make your own wooden planters and window boxes to spec with very few materials. Just make sure you paint or stain them with an environmentally friendly product that will seal the wood while being safe enough for your new garden. The beauty of starting a container garden is the versatility, beauty and usefulness it has to offer you year-round. The sooner you plant, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor!