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Try Container Vegetable Gardening for a Bumper Crop

by webmann on June 14, 2009

Container vegetable gardening has so many benefits, it’s hard to believe more people aren’t doing it. Container vegetable gardening is a great way to make the most of the limited space you have. Lots of people have houses or apartments with limited yard space. But with container gardening, they can enjoy growing vegetables virtually anywhere from their porch to inside their homes.

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.

Another major benefit of container gardening is the ability to move plants if you need to. If you’re growing your plants outdoors and bad weather comes, you can bring them inside where they’ll be safe. If your vegetables are getting too little sun or too much, 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.

Most of the time vegetables that are grown in containers have fewer problems with diseases than plants in traditional gardens. While diseases can arise, it is less likely to occur when your plants are grown in containers. Most of the time the potting soil that you use for your plants doesn’t have any organisms that can cause diseases, so your plants are less likely to be damaged.

It’s easier to feed your vegetables 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 vegetable 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.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.