Container Gardening Is Easy On Our Heavy Duty Plastic Shelves!

May 25, 2022

Container Gardening Is Easy On Our Heavy Duty Plastic Shelves!

You can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and lettuce in containers. You can't grow them all but you can grow a lot. You can even buy all your supplies without leaving your home. For expert advice on container gardening, check out The Almanac article titled, Container Gardening: Growing Vegetables in Pots.

This is only my 3rd year growing anything so below is no expert advice but if I can do it, anyone can. Container growing on our weatherproof, lightweight & easy to assemble heavy duty recycled plastic shelves makes growing easy and fun. The water, rain, sun, and fertilizer won't hurt our shelves. Just spray them off with a hose and or wipe clean with dish soap and water.

What you need to grow to in containers  

1. Seeds or you can make it easy and buy seedlings already grown from a local garden center or online. Bonnie Plants is one of my favorites for seedings because they are perfectly grown and come in reusable containers with holes in the bottom. I have never bought their seedlings online but it appears you can.

Then order what you want online.

See below to learn more about

10 Easiest Fruits, Vegetables, And Herbs To Grow In Pots

Container Gardening – Vegetables That Grow in Containers

The 35 Easiest Container and Pot Friendly Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

2. Weatherproof & portable shelves to grow and pot on. Top Shelf Garage shelf systems make excellent grow racks, gardening shelves, potting benches, and display tables all in one. Made in the USA, for over 40 years, with heavy duty recycled plastic, our shelf systems are easy to assemble/disassemble, portable, weatherproof, chemical resistant, durable, long-lasting and multipurpose.

3. LED lights to grow indoors on our ventilated shelves and or sun. If you are starting your seeds indoors or you want to grow indoors year round, you will need LED lights to hang on our ventilated shelves. Our 16 inch shelves work great with Happy Leaf LED lights. Top Shelf Garage's 24 and 36 inch wide shelves have a different ventilation pattern, so you'll need to hang it differently.

4. Seed starting containers to start the seeds in and larger containers with holes in the bottom to grow the seedlings. The larger containers to grow your seedlings in is a personal choice. Just make sure you get big enough pots/containers with holes in the bottom for drainage. 

I've tried poking the holes in containers to save a few dollars and that was fine for the lettuce in the photo above. But I learned I like these best. If you get the right containers then can reuse your seed starting containers and larger pots year after year. Just make sure to clean them before you use them again. You can use Clorox wipes, dish soap, or white distilled vinegar & water. Then make sure it's all rinsed out, and they are ready to grow in again.  

5. Don’t forget your gardening gloves for when you plant and repotAmazon has a lot to choose from too.

6. Potting mix.  If starting from seeds, you will need a seed starting potting mix which has no soil in it. If you are replanting seedlings into larger containers, you will need a potting mix for containers which also has no soil in itDo not use Top Soil in containers. It won’t grow and it’s very heavy.    

7. Water. You need to moisten potting mixes before using. I just opened the bag and poured water in it. That worked well. Then mix it around with your gloves on so it's moist. When growing seeds indoors you need to water your Container Garden every day with a spray bottle to make sure it’s enough to germinate the seed. If you are outside and have a lot of containers, it's easier to set up near a hose.

How to Water Containers

After about two weeks, I noticed at least 20 of my seedlings were not growing so I took them outside & put them on my shelves to let them get rain and sun. I was able to water them with the hose too. And a few sprouted the next day. I was stumped. Why are some still not growing? Then I finally realized they may just take longer or it was time to fertilize.

8. Fertilizer. This is the part I'm still experimenting with.

Learn more about fertilizer options, application, and how often to fertilize below.

  • An all-purpose fertilizer is the best option to start with for container plants. 
  • Follow the label on fertilizers to avoid over-fertilizing plants.
  • Depending on the size of the container and the temperature, you may need to water more than once per day to maintain even moisture.
  • Most container plants prefer moist, not soggy soil. READ MORE
You can choose between a granular fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer. A granular fertilizer has slow-release granules that you place on your soil. These are slowly absorbed into the soil when you water your plants.

Liquid fertilizer is something you mix with water and then spray on the soil and the plant’s foliage. These are absorbed quickly by the plant’s roots and leaves.
How often should you add fertilizer?
Most potting soils come with a slow-release fertilizer that will help your plants get nutrients for two weeks. After that, you’ll need to feed your vegetable plants.

The general idea is to feed your container vegetable plants every 2 to 4 weeks for a good supply of nutrients. But if the vegetables are fruiting varieties like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, it’s best to fertilize them every 1 to 2 weeks. READ MORE


Top Shelf Garage's heavy duty recycled plastic shelves, workbenches, utility carts and platforms make container gardening and potting possible, indoors & outdoors. 

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Happy Growing!


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