April 6, 2020

Introducing Island Grown at Home

Each week we'll be sharing our favorite activities, tips, and resources for you to stay connected to nature while school is out. All our island school children get to garden at school, so turn to these youngsters for help in the garden. You will likely be impressed by their growing instincts. Check out our first video on "Container Gardening" below!

Starting a Container Garden

If you don't have a garden to grow in, make a growing space using pots or household containers placed in a sunny spot.

How to Start a Container Garden

Get creative! What items around your home could be turned into flower beds? The bigger the container the better, since they hold more soil and allow more space for plants to grow. Make sure to choose containers with holes in the bottom for drainage. Try small containers from the recycling, like plastic clamshells from berries or mixed greens. Go through your shed or basement and find old buckets or clay pots. You can even use a cardboard box lined with a garbage bag. If you’d like to invest in garden containers you can reuse year after year, try Earth Boxes or Vivosun grow bags .

Gather potting soil and seeds. Some plants to start this time of year are peas, kale, lettuce, arugula, spinach, beets, carrots, radishes, and herbs.

Fill your container with soil. 

Plant your seeds according to directions on the seed packet.


Keep your containers in a sunny spot either indoors or in your yard.

Need Garden Materials?


SBS The Grain Store
Monday-Friday 8-3, Saturday 9-4
Open in store: 8:00-10:00am 
Curbside service strongly encouraged: 8:00-3:00pm
Check Facebook page for daily updates
(508) 696-7271

Vineyard Gardens
Monday-Saturday 8-5, Sunday 9-3
Place an order online then pickup from the store
(508) 693-8511

Monday-Saturday 8-5, Sunday 9-5
Visit their online store to browse and request products, then pick up
(508) 693-3511


Sow True Seeds 
Order seeds online

More Resources

Tips on growing a successful container garden

5 Best Crops for your Edible Container Garden

How to Map out and Plan your Garden