Gardening is an activity enjoyed by many. When most people think of gardens, they think of large pieces of land set aside to grow vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers. I know that’s how I thought of them most of my life. When I was a kid, my dad had a large vegetable garden and my mom had several large flower beds. They would spend hours during the warmer months planting, weeding and watering their respective gardens and then later, if we were lucky and the weather cooperated and the furry woodland creatures allowed it, we enjoyed home-grown veggies and fresh cut flowers. My parents say they enjoyed it, but I saw my dad shake many a fist at tomato plants ravaged by hungry deer, and my mother cursed under her breath more than once when her roses failed to bloom as she hoped.
These days, gardening needn’t be such a huge undertaking. Thanks to container garden techniques, a homeowner can enjoy a garden without sacrificing large pieces of land. And if the sun isn’t cooperating or the shade is trying to take over, or the perfect spot becomes a swamp after too much rain, moving the garden to a better location is practically a piece of (carrot) cake.
What Is Container Gardening?
Container gardening is exactly what it sounds like, growing gardens in containers instead of directly into the ground. Instead of toiling on your hands and knees in the soil, you put the soil in a container of your choosing and grow and maintain the plants in the containers. Containers come in every imaginable shape and size, so whether you want to grow herbs or fruit trees, there’s a container out there that will work. You can also choose from a variety of materials, from plain plastic containers to ornate stone ones. Round or rectangular, slender or square, there’s a container that will match your needs. Practically anything you would plant in the ground can go into a container.
Benefits of Container Gardening
Container gardens allow some who love gardening but that don’t have the mobility to get on and off the ground or move around the opportunity to resume a hobby they love. It is also a great way to introduce young children to the joy of gardening. Container gardening also allows people who live in smaller spaces such as apartments or tiny homes to enjoy gardening in a small space. Finally, it brings a sense of accomplishment to many people. Watching something you’ve planted grow and thrive simply helps to improve your overall outlook on life.
So, if you’ve been thinking about starting a garden, but the idea of getting started seems daunting, consider container gardening as an alternative. When you’re ready to start, check out our diverse line of plant containers for inspiration.