Still others who possess the 'Green Thumb' for in the ground planting are frustrated by trying to satisfy their need to grow things when it comes to planting in containers.
Here is a simple yet inexpensive solution to the problem to successfully gardening in containers.
Step 1: Materials
I had several of those large plastic bins that slide under the bed and the deeper ones from Wally World, redwood planters that look like half barrels and have used 2 and 3 liter soda bottles (http://www.instructables.com/id/Go_Green_Upside_Down_Hanging_Planters/) and made a hanging herb garden on my patio! You need to determine container size by root depth and recommended spacing.
Get some potting mix, compost if you need it, garden bark or some kind of filler that won't pack down, pre-started plants or seeds, and a cardboard roll from either, toilet tissue, paper towels or gift wrap, depending on how deep your container is.