How To Get Your Container Garden Ready For Spring

by GreenStalk Grower on January 6, 2017 6 comments

Currently, there’s snow outside and it’s well below freezing. But my mind is on spring! There are so many things you can do now to improve your chances of having a successful garden this year. And the earlier you get to planning – the better! Here’s my to-do list this time of year:


For both my yard and my GreenStalk container veggies, I am planning what will grow, when I will buy and who I will buy from. If you wait until the last minute stores may be sold out and you are forced to pick from a less-than stellar selection or worse, have to go to a store that you don’t trust. For example, I know that I want to grow lettuce in the spring. I am ordering seeds this week so I know I’ll get the variety that I want/need. Which brings me to my next point…


Don’t wait! Buy what you need now. It’s so much more frustrating and time consuming to buy plants in the spring and realize you don’t have anywhere to plant them or a hose to water them! If you need a new hose, or planter, or fertilizer, get it now. You can do your research and shop around for the best deal by comparing different prices on websites like If the garden center in your area isn’t open yet then do your research online so you will know exactly what you’re looking for when the time comes for your shopping trip.


One of my favorite things to do in the winter is to gather gardening inspiration. I read blogs and watch videos to see what other gardeners had success and failure with. This is also very helpful for garden planning because I can see how other plants look when they are fully mature and decide if I want to take on that plant in my garden. Everything looks so beautiful in the garden centers in the spring that it tempts me to buy plants that I can’t keep up with. Doing my research helps reign-in those impulse buys!


Part of getting prepared for the new season is to clean out your existing containers and take inventory of all of your gardening equipment. If you need something to shift all the leaves from autumn and winter that love to blanket the ground, make sure you look through some of the best leaf blowers at sites like for the job! They’ll save a heck of a lot of time. With your equipment in check, you need to organize your seeds, create space to store your equipment and check expiration dates. This process will make things so much easier when the weather warms up and you’re ready to plant. Everything will be in it’s place and you will have already done the not-so-fun “dirty work.”


I meet so many new gardeners who say, “I’ve tried this or that and I just kill every plant I touch.” That used to be me! But when a plant would die, I would try again. A big part of learning how to garden is trial and error. Sometimes plants grow and sometimes they die. Sometimes you can figure out why and sometimes you can’t, but that’s part of the adventure! I believe the biggest errors in container gardening have to do with soil or water. You can read more about how to avoid choosing a bad potting mix or over/underwatering on our blog.

I hope you’ll try container gardening in 2017 – it really is so much fun!

Happy Gardening!

Cody Catherine Thomas

GreenStalk GrowerHow To Get Your Container Garden Ready For Spring


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  • Karla - February 10, 2017

    Hi! this is a great idea! so, I’m totally blind and can remember when my father had a huge plot of land next door to our house when i was growing up. it essentially was the plot where a house stood but had been torn down. My parent’s bought it and used the front part for a parking lot for the family cars and the back end for our garden. he grew almost everything from climbing beans to cucumbers and tomatoes (my fav especially green ones). but when he died, the garden died with him. I miss those days and lately have been wanting to do some gardening of my own. BUT, (1) i’m totally blind and (2) i was very little when the garden was growing at home and so didn’t learn or maintain much in how to do it. and (3) i live in an apartment with a tiny patio space and no place to plant a garden in the ground. so my first situation is to find a way to plant. You’ve taken care of that. thank you. Now, what do i do next? what does the Green Stalk need by way of soil? I want to plant herbs because i figure that’s the easiest thing to do for a blind beginner. any advice for me? what do you think? what would you do if you were me? any help is greatly appreciated. In the meantime, i’ll keep reading the blog.

    GreenStalk Grower - February 14, 2017

    Hi Karla,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. It sounds like he was a very talented gardener. I would recommend starting with an all-purpose potting mix such as Happy Frog or a similar brand. I think herbs would be great to start with! My favorite herbs to grow are basil, thyme, rosemary, and dill. I find them to be super simple and easy to maintain. You can always reach out to us direct if you encounter any issues (865-337-7055). Happy Gardening!

  • Brenda - May 24, 2017

    A few years back I bought a 5 tier Planter from you at a Show in Sevierville TN. I have never used it until now I am wanting to put Strawberries in it. Could you email me the instructions about putting it together?? Is there and order for stacking them? Where does the black piece go?? All of the other pieces are either gray or tan.
    Thank you

    GreenStalk Grower - May 30, 2017

    Hi Brenda,

    Thank you for being a GreenStalk gardener! Here’s the link to the instructions:

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at

    Happy Gardening!

  • Samantha - April 7, 2018

    Hi, Greenstalk
    I’m very excited about your product cause I can have a garden even tho I live in an apartment. Although I haven’t gotten the greenstalk gardening system yet. Online you guys mention that you have grown Squash, cucumbers and watermelon successfully I have a few questions. Did you grow these in the same system? If so did you experience a lot of crossbreeding? Also how do the plants do indoors?

    GreenStalk Grower - April 10, 2018

    Hi Samantha,

    Great questions! We have grown watermelon, cucumbers and squash in the GreenStalk Vertical Planter. We have not tried growing them together. If we planted them with something else it was flowers or strawberries – something like that. Or we would just plant an entire tower full of squash or cucumbers. We have also never grown fruit-producing plants inside. There’s a lot of variables to growing large plants like that indoors. Usually, you don’t get enough sun inside, so you’d need powerful grow lights and plants like cucumbers need pollination. If you’re interested in growing indoors, I would recommenced plants that can handle part-sun such as lettuce. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any further questions – we’re happy to help in any way that we can!

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