Plants can be grown in anything that can hold soil (Google / The Hindu)

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If you don’t have space, create it

Thilaka Baskaran

Plants can be grown in sacks, old kitchen sinks or anything that can hold soil, writes Thilaka Baskaran

Space for a garden isn’t always easy to come by for city dwellers. But there is a way to overcome this predicament: create your garden through containers. Any space available in your home will do: a rooftop, balcony or drive way.

What you can grow in these spaces depends upon sunlight available and upon your requirement. For instance, if you want to add an ornamental touch to your verandah, there is no better way than to group together potted plants, in colours of green and brown, and the place is transformed.

And if there is enough space, you can grow a surprising number of vegetables and herbs also. A container garden gives you the advantage of mobility. You can control the impact of climate by shifting the containers to shade or a sunny spot. It is also easier to check pests and provide ideal soil conditions.

From cement sacks to discarded kitchen sinks, plants can be grown in virtually anything that can hold the soil. However, an attractive container adds a lot to the appearance.




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Willem Van Cotthem

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