Editor's note: Room & Board of Edina invited Tonkadale Greenhouse to join them for a container gardening event. Here's the post from their blog. Recently the Edina store of Room & Board hosted an event with our local friends at Tonkadale Greenhouse. I talked with the owner, Jessie Jacobson, about container gardening. “Container gardening is color. It’s lifestyle. It’s gatherings and community. And guess what? When you plant a container, you get a fresh start each and every time.” I asked Jessie to share some tips about getting started. Start with your housing. What do these materials look like? Glazed containers are the standard, but what about handsome lightweight containers – fiber-stone, cement, mixed metals, urns with various silhouettes, baskets? Go big or go home! Tonkadale recommends using drop-in containers instead of planting directly in your pots. Drop-in containers slip into your standard-sized pots and make seasonal change-outs easy. Begin with fresh potting soil. We recommend Tonka Terra, a nutrient rich potting soil that will provide ample water retention and nutrition to your plants for the season. Annual plants and foliage are hungry for rich soils and adequate nutrients as their job is to grow quickly and bloom heavily throughout the season. And then there is fertilizer, in which there are many choices. Choose what you like: slow release, liquid or organic. Just do it.