Let’s Grow Something…


When we were on the search for a house last year, one of our top priorities was to have a nice big yard. I have dreamed of having a vegetable garden for years now. I’ve never had much of a green thumb though. So when Miracle-Gro approached me to be part of their Gro Project, I jumped at the chance to make my garden a reality. I wanted to prove anyone could get out there, enjoy the outdoors and grow a little something! Now, since I am a newbie to all this I decided to try out a little container garden first instead of jumping head first into a big ol’ garden. I wanted it to be really fun, manageable, and a little more personal than just planting in some store bought containers.

Here are the steps to creating your very own container garden…

garden15^^I bought this big tub (well feeding trough) at the Tractor & Supply Store. The other round container is just from Home Goods.



garden12^^Create a stencil and hand paint any kind of pattern you want on your tub. I went with some black triangles. I painted 2 coats and then sealed it so it wouldn’t come off.


garden8^^With the round tub I taped it up and spray painted the bottom a neon pink.

garden9^^Since they aren’t meant for gardens I needed to drill holes in each of the containers so that I could create drainage for the plants. You can fill the bottom of your containers with recycling to take up sq. footage letting you to use less soil and making them not so heavy in case you want to move them.



garden5^^Planning everything out.



garden3^^I only planted a few vegetables this year to test the waters, but planted quite a few herbs.

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  1. Adorable! Very cute ideas

  2. Christine •

    Hi Jen! I love your blog. Just curious what did you seal the acrylic paint with?


  3. Auntie Jean •

    Love your ideas, Jen. I also use antique finds that had another purpose, and fill with flowers, but looking for a suitable size for veggies as my soil very poor right now and will be for a few years, love the trough and we have an agricultural place not far so will check out.

  4. So much fu Jen! We are enjoying growing so many tropical fruits, but I can’t wait to get started on a veggie garden. It can be overwhelming, so you are starting off right!

  5. Mónica •

    You to become a garden very original I love. Kisses and happy last Wednesday morning Friday.

  6. Love your pink container! I recently painted some small containers with chalk paint for herbs. Have a lovely day! All best from Germany!

  7. This is such a cool idea! I live in an apartment, so building up a real garden isn’t in the cards – but a container garden is totally do-able! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

  8. This is such a cute idea, Jen! I love it! I actually have a backyard in this apartment, so I’d love to start growing things. Plus I love that this is portable + you can take it with you if you move! xo

  9. Looks great lady! Have fun with the gardening, I hope you enjoy it! I spray painted some pots neon pink last summer, so fun!
    Happy almost friday!
    <3 Kastles

  10. I’m just wondering why you used garden soil instead of potting soil for containers. Garden soil is a lot denser and in containers it runs the risk of compaction and suffocating the roots.

    Otherwise, cute display!

  11. Your DIY planter is lovely! We’ve been most successful with herbs and plants in containers, too. I have similar wooden barrels for flowers, and we also have two giant whiskey barrels and a bunch of big pots for planting. Make sure to drill holes in the bottom of the wooden ones.

    Gardening for us is a trial-and-error experience. Some strategies that work for our friends or parents don’t work for us at all, and sometimes they tell us, “You did what?!” I think that’s the fun part of it. Right now our basil and cilantro are growing like crazy and we have no idea how we got them to do that besides hope and luck.

  12. I am in LOVE with this!

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