Ty Pennington at the Home Show: Here are his 5 tips for container gardening

He’s a name and face you recognize from years on home improvement shows. Whether you caught him as the creative, quirky carpenter on “Trading Spaces” or has the hype-us-up host on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington has been a mainstay on our living room TVs for years.

We got to pick Ty’s brain on his own home renovation project, current shows he’s working with, and a newer passion – gardening!

To see Ty in action, visit the Salt Lake Home and Garden show this Saturday, March 12th. You can get tickets by going to www.saltlakehomeandgardenshow.com.



Ty’s Tips for Container Gardening

If you live in a condominium or apartment, you may not have the outdoor space normally associated with gardening. Bringing life into a small space means you have to learn the tricks of container gardening. Here are some tips:

  1. Get containers with drainage holes. You can cover the holes with window screen so the soil doesn’t leak out.
  2. Combine the containers on the ground with plants hanging overhead or on the side of balconies. A good choice for hanging is wire baskets lined with moss.
  3. If you’ve never grown anything, remember plants need soil. A good choice for container gardening – and something that also saves space – is soil-less potting mix. It’s packaged dry so you just add water when you’re ready to go.
  4. Start with planting some annuals. Go to your garden center and ask for plants with long blooming periods. And pick shorter plants since tall plants often need staking.
  5. If you choose perennials – those are plants that last more than one season – grow them in pots that you can move inside when it turns cold.


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