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Container Gardening - The Benefits Of Being Mobile
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Container Gardening  -  The Benefits Of Being Mobile

If you are looking to expand your garden this year or want to change the way in which you garden, you should consider container gardening.

Benefits

Container gardening has many benefits.

  • You don't need a lot of space to grow a container garden. You can grow them in something as small as a coffee mug!
  • You can move your garden around when it's in containers. If your plants need more or less sun, just pick up your container and place it in a better location. Problem easily solved.
  • No tilling and minimal weeds. Container gardening takes a lot of the back breaking work out of gardening.
  • It's great for emergency preparedness. If a major storm or unexpected frost is coming, bring the plants indoors to protect them.
  • Given the right conditions in your home, you can even continue to grow some of your plants (especially herbs) inside through the winter ... in the same containers! No need to dig them up or start new seeds to keep those plants flourishing during the cold weather months.

Things to Keep in Mind

Here are a few things to remember about your container garden.

  • Make sure you select the right size container for your plant. Don't place plants with deep roots in a shallow container.
  • Find out if the plants you wish to grow need supports and if so, ensure your container will be able to handle the plants and the supports.
  • Container gardens need to have good drainage. Do not put your pots directly on the dirt or grass. Instead put them on a deck or wood pallet to provide better drainage.
  • You will need to water container gardens more frequently since the plants cannot obtain their water from the ground. Water them every morning and also in the evening on very hot days.
  • Make sure to use a good fertilizer when planting your container garden and re-fertilize frequently to ensure your plants receive the proper nutrition.
  • Do not grow plants that need a lot of space in pots. Pumpkins, melons, winter and summer squash need space to expand as they grow. Make sure you take into account their growth pattern when deciding to grown these types in a container. For these types of plants, a raised bed garden would be best.
  • Make sure to disinfect your containers and use new soil each year. This will minimize disease in your plants.

Think Outside the Container

Starting a container garden can be expensive if you do not have any planters or pots to use. However, with a little ingenuity and imagination, you can achieve your goals without breaking the bank.

  • Technically, raised bed gardens are container gardens. With a little effort, you can obtain materials to build this type of container garden for free. Check classified ads, speak with store managers to volunteer to haul away their "trash", and watch for curb-side freebies on trash day. You never know where you'll find what you need.
  • Look in your local dollar store, thrift store, and at garage sales. Look for containers that people would not normally associate with plants. I am using household cleaning buckets I purchased for $1 each for my jalapenos and peppers. They are the same size as the pots I purchased for $6 a piece last year!
  • Use old tires! You can paint the outsides to make them more attractive and arrange them in different patterns at different heights. Check out some local auto repair shops and junk yards for possible freebies - classifies are good for this too.

Don't let a small yard or apartment living keep you from having a garden. There are plenty of options out there, you just need to use your imagination. Big or small, growing and preserving your own food is a must in today's economic turmoil. Plus, it tastes fantastic and the pride you feel from growing you own food is priceless.


Street Talk

Joan S  

I find that some herbs actually grow better in containers. We have an herb bed that is dominated by mint, so we grow oregano, thyme, tarragon, rosemary, basil, parsley in containers. The chives do well in the ground. I tried tomatoes in big pots, but had no luck. They came out the size of blueberries. I like raised beds too. Our garden is pretty much right in the dirt, ground level.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Herbs seem to multiply quickly, which is why I prefer them in containers as well. Otherwise, they take over!

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  about 6 years ago

We use this method for herbs and such around the outside of our house. Great article.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Shawn!

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  about 6 years ago
Tasi  

Great article AJ! Great tips for small space and yard...Thanks for sharing!

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Tasi!

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  about 6 years ago
JoshuaM  

Sounds like you got quite the green thumb! Thanks again for the nicely composed and informative piece. I'll definitely be doing some kind of container garden this year. Up here in Interior Ak we have a hard time if we don't use containers with many veggies. I finish out my tomatoes inside after it frosts in the beginning of sept and get nice fruit up til xmas sometimes. So much fun and delicious!

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  about 6 years ago
  

Sounds like containers are perfect for your area. Then you can put them outside in the warm afternoon and bring them back inside before the evening frosts. Do you use a grow light to keep it producing til Christmas?

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  about 6 years ago
JoshuaM  

Yeah, its kinda funny story...up here once it gets cold it pretty much has morning, afternoon, and evening frosts! Not everyday, but very unpredictable and you can lose your plants while your in town shopping for a couple hours, so I generally just bring em in for good. hah, hah : ) I used a 600 watt, electronic ballast, that would hold a HP sodium or metal halide bulb and an analog ballast 1000 watt metal halide with an AgroSun full spectrum bulb, last time, but this year I don't have any lights so might not do that part...bummer

  
  about 6 years ago

Nice article...I do a good bit of gardening....Have some raised beds and reguraly garden plot...You can raise a lot more in a small place the you realize...I like putting zucchini and yellow squash in my raised beds...

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  about 6 years ago
  

I cannot wait for my raised bed to flourish! We're putting zucchini and yellow squash in ours as well as some tomatoes. Still deciding while our seeds germinate where the rest of our veggies are going - pots or bed!

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  about 6 years ago

I think container gardening is a great idea. These are very good tips. Thanks, AJ.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Georgia. I love my container garden!

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  about 6 years ago

I think this is a neat idea too. I love the idea of a cottage garden with meandering paths and interesting receptacles (don't want to call them pots). A shame my interest isn't big enough to motivate my actions!!

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Heather! A cottage garden sounds beautiful! A serene place to relax with a nice book!

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  about 6 years ago

Good one AJ, love the "think outside the container"

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Rob. Your potatoes planted in tires inspired me for that last bullet!

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for reminding me, I cannot tell you how well they are doing, we have stopped stacking now as they might just give too big a crop for us to eat. Any suggestions on keeping potatoes fresh longer? Can't bottle them I'm sure.

  
  about 6 years ago
  

Actually, you can preserve them in mason jars. I haven't tried it yet, but we're about to plant a lot of potatoes so I'll be trying it soon. While this will not work for tons of potatoes, I also dice mine up and freeze them. The other morning, I threw the frozen potatoes in a pan with a small amount of diced, frozen onions and some olive oil. Cooked up some great hashbrowns without a ton of time cutting everything up. Yum!

  
  about 6 years ago

Thanks AJ, I had promoted that a skinned potato, blanched and frozen, should last a good length of time in the deep freeze.

  
  about 6 years ago
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