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Why Grow Plants in a Container Garden?

Jun 6, 2008
There are many benefits to getting involved in container gardening. With all the great advantages, it's amazing that there aren't more people involved in it.

Container gardening is a great way to make the most of the limited space you have. If you live in a home with a tiny yard or even an apartment, it can be hard to find a place for a garden. Containers allow you to have a garden on your patio, on the porch, or even inside of your home.

Think of the possibilities of having a container garden in your kitchen or an extra bedroom. Others utilize a closet space to grow plants by using a grow light.

Being able to move your plants around is a real benefit of growing your garden in containers. When bad weather comes, you can move your plants indoors where they'll be safe. Your plants can be moved with just a little effort if they are getting too much or not enough sunlight, or if you think they'd look better elsewhere.

Plants grown in containers don't have the same issues with diseases that traditionally-grown plants have. Although some container-grown plants do get diseases, it is far less likely than it would be if those plants were grown directly in the soil. Potting soil is generally free of disease-causing organisms, so your plants will be safer.

It's easier to feed your plants when they're in a container. You can make sure that the fertilizer you put in with the plants will get to them. When you use fertilizer on plants in traditional gardens, often it will end up going to other plants or just drain away. When the plants are in containers, this is not as likely to happen.

Of course, when the soil area is relatively small, there is a chance the fertilizer can be washed out of the soil faster. Because of this, you do need to fertilize more often than you would a traditional garden. But you can rest assured that your plants are probably getting more of the fertilizer before it does wash away than they would if they were in the ground.

When you grow your plants in containers, you'll also be able to extend their growing season. By carefully insulating pots by wrapping them in blankets or other insulating materials, you can keep their soil warmer than the ground soil. You can start your plants early indoors or in a cold frame, then you can easily move them to larger pots outdoors when the time is right.

You can also use careful insulation to continue to grow plants after the first frost, and you can even bring plants indoors once it becomes too cold to keep them outside even if insulated.

Of course one great benefit of using container gardens is that it makes gardening easy and accessible for everyone. People who are dealing with disabilities often find that it is much easier to go with a container garden, since they can put the plants where they can get to them easily. Those who are in wheelchairs often find that putting their plants on low tables makes it easier to get to them. Even those who are elderly, who find it hard to work in a traditional garden, can enjoy container gardening.

Even small children find container gardening to be fun and easy, since they don't have to have someone till the soil and there isn't raking, weeding, and hoeing to worry about.

So, if you don't have room to grow your own traditional garden, you can still easily grow the garden you want when you go with a container garden.
About the Author
Sarah Duke is publisher of The Vegetable Patch at http://www.vegetablegardensite.com, where you'll find lots of information for starting a vegetable garden.
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