Who needs a big backyard when you can have your own container garden in a box? Container gardening is the secret to plant magic, but it’s mind-boggling that not everyone is in on it.
Sure, it’s gained some traction in recent years, but it’s time to spread the word and turn this gardening trend into the big deal it deserves to be!
Accessible to Anyone
One of the biggest benefits of growing your plants in containers is the fact that it makes gardening accessible to almost anyone. Handicapped individuals find growing their plants in containers makes it easier to locate plants where they can easily reach them.
Many people in wheelchairs like to place their pots on a low table to make them more accessible. Elderly people who can’t work traditional gardens may find plants in containers to be an excellent way to once again enjoy their favorite hobby.
Even children find container gardening to be much easier than traditional gardening, because they don’t have to weed and rake and hoe, and they don’t have to have an adult till garden soil for them.
Can Move Plants
Another major benefit of plants in pots is the ability to move plants if you need to.
If you’re growing your plants outdoors and bad weather comes, you can bring your plants inside where they’ll be safe.
If you plan your garden poorly and your plants are getting too little sun or too much, make sure you can easily move their containers to a better location. And you can even move your plants on a whim if you decide they’d look better elsewhere and grow well.
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.
Always make sure your pots have drainage holes. If they do not this will lead to rot and disease.
Keeping your plants well-fed is also easier when they’re grown in containers. It’s much easier to ensure the fertilizer you use gets to your plants if they’re confined to a small soil area.
When you fertilize plants that are growing directly in the soil, the fertilizer may drain away or be absorbed by other nearby plants. This is not as likely when plants are grown in containers.
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 often need to fertilize more often than you would a traditional garden. You can try these cute fertilizer sticks.
But you can rest assured that your plants are probably getting more of the fertilizer before it does wash away than they would probably get 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 when insulated.
Saving space is another great benefit for a container garden.
Many people live in apartments or in homes with very little yard space. Potted gardening allows you to have a garden on a porch or patio, or even indoors.
Don’t forget to take advantage of your windows. Using a window box is a great way to add functionality for growing food or flowers while sprucing up your front yard.
Many people have small container gardens in a sunny windowsill in their kitchen, or in a sunroom or spare bedroom.
Some people even grow plants in a closet by using a grow light! Growing plants in pots really makes it easy to have a garden when you don’t have the space for a traditional one!
Vegetable container gardening is a great way to grow your own food in a small space.
While there are many different ways to grow plants, container plants is truly one of the most unique and enjoyable ways. I absolutely love all the freedom it gives me to create a colorful living space outside my home and watch my plants thrive!
I’m sure after reading this blog post you now see why so many people prefer gardening in containers its affordability, convenience, flexibility, reduced risk of disease and pests, portability and potential for creative expression make it an ideal option for any gardener.
So now that you know why so many gardeners choose this method, don’t be shy – roll up your sleeves and give it a go! As a budding (pun intended) plant parent myself, I guarantee you won’t regret it – happy planting!