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Shipping Container Gardens: Tips for Starting a Container Garden

Shipping containers are an innovative and convenient way to create a garden with limited space. Using a shipping container for a garden makes it easier to manage pests, weeds and diseases and allows for better soil, water, and sunlight control. Shipping container sheds offer protection from harsh weather conditions, and you can modify them to accommodate vertical gardening and maximise storage space. Start planning your own shipping container garden shed to enjoy the beauty of gardening in a unique and compact setting.

Choose the Right Container

A shipping container shed is constructed from steel, ensuring a long-lasting, secure, durable and weather-resistant structure. Container garden sheds can withstand the elements and offer longevity for your plants, gardening equipment and tools. A container shed also offers the advantage of being portable and easy to relocate. 


When selecting a shipping container shed, consider the available space in your backyard, how many plants you want to grow and if you want to install shelving to organise your garden storage. You may also want to add extra doors, windows and lighting to your garden shed. 

Browse SEA Containers’ range of shipping containers for sale for options to suit your gardening needs.

Location, Location, Location

To find a suitable spot for your new shed, choose a place in your yard that receives ample sunlight for the plants you plan to grow. Ensure easy access to plants for watering, pruning and harvesting. Save space using trellises, hanging baskets or stacking containers in your shed. 

Plant Selection

When creating a shipping container garden room, choose plants that thrive in a confined environment. Opt for plants that are known for their compact growth, such as herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary, or dwarf varieties of vegetables like cherry tomatoes. Also, research plants that are best suited to your local climate. 

Watering and Maintenance

Establish a regular watering schedule to maintain consistent moisture levels, depending on plant needs. Consider installing a drip irrigation system for efficient and automated watering. Ensure good air circulation by removing dead or yellowing leaves and regularly inspect plants for signs of pests or diseases. 

Soil and Fertiliser

Use a high-quality potting mix that is well-draining and nutrient-rich. Consider adding compost or coconut coir to improve soil structure and fertility. Use a balanced, slow-release fertiliser and regularly monitor plants for signs of nutrient deficiencies or excesses. 

Converting container sheds offers a unique and efficient way to grow plants. Contact the knowledgeable team at SEA Containers to discuss our range of cost-effective solutions for your gardening project.