Easy Container Gardening

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Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to start planting! For me, planting consists of an herb and vegetable garden. I have a small container garden that I house on my deck with my herbs and small breed tomatoes and then a larger raised bed garden further back into my yard.

If you don’t have room for a full on raised bed garden, container gardening is a fantastic option. I love having my cherry and roma tomatoes as well as all of my herbs right at my fingertips to snip and pick when I’m in the middle of cooking. It’s doesn’t get much fresher than that.


I recently tried a new product called Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro™  for my container planting. What is that you ask? It’s a concentrated plant mix brought to you by the folks you know and love at Miracle Gro!
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Benefits include:

• Up to 3X the Flowers and Vegetables!* *versus native soil
• Significantly improves soil for multiple years
• Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added
• Feeds for up to 6 months
• All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil

Here’s a video tutorial showing exactly how it works:

To get started I broke out my bag, which is surprisingly light. If you’ve ever lifted a bag of traditional planting mix you know how heavy they can be. I filled my container 1/3 way up as directed, poured in the required amount of water, stirred so that all the water was mixed in and then sat back and watched as it magically expanded. Pretty neat if you ask me.

Then all that was left to do was to plant my roma tomatoes and basil. How easy what that! I can’t wait to watch them grow in their new planting mix.

Want to know where you can find t Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix? It’s available  at lawn and retail garden stores or you can visit  www.expandngro.com for in-store availability information.  I’ll be giving away a sample size of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ too! Just leave me a comment and one lucky winner will be chosen using random.org.

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13 Comments

  1. 1

    I’ve been doing the container gardening thing for a while now and this year we have planted our first ever raised bed garden with 16 different veggie plants.

  2. 2

    This looks like a great product. I really got into container gardening last year for my fresh herbs, and this year we’re looking to expand into two small raised beds for some lettuce, carrots, etc.

  3. 3

    I have been looking for fun, creative container garden ideas. I care for cats so I cannot have a typical garden. I have used bakery buckets, drilled holes in the bottom and sides for air flow and planted tomatoes in the large buckets and peppers in the small buckets. Thank you for the entry!
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  4. 4
    Christy /

    Doing a container garden for my herbs this year, and the hubs has all kinds of raised beds for his gardening projects. Definitely going to let him know about this product. Thanks

  5. 5

    I am up to my elbows in dirt starting today from the big veggie garden to containers. I’ll definitely be giving Expand and Gro a try :D

  6. 6

    I can’t wait to start gardening! We still have a month or two before we can plant anything. Im so anxious!

  7. 7
    Vaishali Sharda /

    I will love to try some for my container garden, right now I have holy basil, curry leaves and mint!

  8. 8

    Reading this post made me so excited to start container gardening. I’m moving to an apartment with a patio and a thin border of soil around it, but I definitely want to put bigger plants (like my fig tree!) in containers.

  9. 9

    Looks like a great product, Paula! I love container gardening for my herbs…I’m going to look into Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro next time I’m in the market to supplies for my herbs!!

  10. 10

    I have to say, my best gardening comes from containers!! My smaller tomatoes and all of my herbs do great in pots. I have to check out this soil!

  11. 11
    Elaine /

    Had no idea that this type of product existed. Started to transplant my seedlings today. I may now have to make another trip to the store to look for this product. Thanks for sharing this product.

  12. 12

    I absolutely love Basil, and love growing it at home!

  13. 13
    Kathy Gibson Messmore /

    I am planning to try to grow a few vegetables indoors in my apartment bow window. Planning to have some hanging baskets and this product seems to be ideal for this type of gardening. I will definately try to find it here where I live. Thank you for the information.

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