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Utilize Space With Container Gardening

What is container gardening?

Small plants growing inside wooden boxesContainer gardening is the act of growing plants in containers opposed to in the ground. This is a great way to recycle because you can use old plastic containers for the plants instead of throwing them into landfills. It’s also easy to decorate and color coordinate the containers to match your home, patio, or balcony.

What are the benefits of container gardening?

Container gardens allow you to grow plants virtually anywhere with adequate sunlight. If you live in an apartment or don’t have much of a yard, you can still grow fresh herbs, vegetables, or flowers!

Great for beginner gardeners! If you’re a novice and want to find out if you have a green thumb, start off with a container garden. If successful, you’ll have nice plants and herbs. If you fail, you don’t have to spend time ripping up dead plants and replanting new ones.

Different plants need different types of soil. Container gardens are perfect for this because each container can be filled with a different soil type.

Containers are easy to transport. So if you move around a lot, you’ll be able to bring your beloved plants with you instead of restarting the process!

You can hang them at your desired height so that you don’t have to bend over or squat to tend to the garden. Another plus is that you don’t need any heavy tools or equipment!

Plants in purple boxes hanging over side of red fenceDue to the limited space in the container, there will be a minimal amount of weeds, if any. Also, the small space allows you to control overbearing plants that may take over a regular garden.

You can add a container indoors to decorate and increase air quality!

Wildlife is less likely to eat or bother the plants because they can be hung or placed in higher areas.

How can you make your own?

First, gather your supplies. At the minimum, you should have a container (consider using recycled plastic), seeds/plants, soil, and water. Also, consider including fertilizer to help the plants thrive. If you want your garden off the ground, then you’ll need something to tie or hang it up with. If you’re making/repurposing your own container, add a few small holes in the bottom and sides to allow the water to drain.

Potted flowers by a fenceIf you plan on using a large container, place the container where you want it first and then fill it. This will prevent you from having to haul the heavy container around your home. If you plan on hanging your container, choose to use a light soil, like peat moss. At the bottom of the container, place an item, such as a pie dish or Frisbee, to collect water and nutrients for your plants. Then fill up the container with your soil, plant your seeds, and place it in its new home!