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If your home doesn’t have a very big yard or you live in an apartment where you have no yard at all then container vegetable gardening is perfect for you.
So, what exactly is container gardening? It’s exactly what it sounds like. It is growing vegetables that you would normally plant in a garden and a container such as a pot, raised bed, or a planting box.
Why should somebody consider container vegetable gardening instead of planting a traditional garden? There are several reasons why somebody might want to do container gardening.
Why should you try container vegetable gardening?
As we mentioned above, you might not have enough room for a full garden. A full garden for a family of four is probably going to be at least 25 by 15 feet, and that’s a lot of space. You may not have that much space available or you might not want to use that space just for gardening.
You may also live in a large city or in an apartment where you have no yard space at all. If this is the case, you may still want to try growing your own food, but you don’t have the space to do it. In these circumstances, container vegetable gardening is the perfect solution for just about anybody.
Of course, if you are limited on space there are other gardening methods you can try like square foot gardening or creating a victory garden.
One of the other benefits of container gardening, and possibly my favorite reason, is there is a lot less weeding involved. When your container is separate from the ground and raised above the typical soil level. It is very difficult for weeds and grass to get into the container.
What would normally be hours on your knees crawling around the ground in your garden turns into just a couple of minutes a week pulling small plants that sprout up in your container. If nothing else, your knees will thank you for container gardening.
Unlike a traditional garden where you work the soil for a long time and you break your back, making it perfect, if you ever decide to move, that garden stays there and can’t go with you.
With some types of container gardening, if you move you can take your plants that you have cared for anywhere you want to go.
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How do you start a container vegetable garden?
The process is really easy. Figure out what you want to grow, get the seeds, and get your containers. You can use anything that can support the weight of soil and water. We’ve built raised beds and also used food grade plastic buckets.
Find out what soil requirements your plants need, pickup a bag of organic potting soil, and just start planting. Its that easy!
We love our container gardens because we can grow pretty much anything we want in them. Pretty much anything that you can trellis or cage, like growing tomatoes or cucumbers, are great space savers with container gardening.
Growing peppers in your window is not only an easy thing to do but will also give your house a nice pop of color. Growing lettuce is not quite as colorful, but nothing beats having a fresh salad that you grew yourself.
So, are you convinced? Let us know what plants you’re growing in containers in the comments below.
If you need help getting your garden crops planned right check out The Ultimate Gardening Calculators so that you have just the amount you need, set aside the right amount of space and know exactly when to plant them.
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susan maltby says
I grow everything in containers as Im disabled and it is so much easier and also my soil is clay so hard to work.