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Container Gardening for Everyone!

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Maybe you have just downsized to an apartment or condo but still yearn to grow your own vegetables. Or perhaps you’ve recently been bitten by the gardening bug and want to try your hand at tilling the soil! Container gardening could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

When we hear the word vegetable garden, most of us picture a plot of land, resplendent with neat, tidy rows of plants. Traditionally, people who lived in apartments or who have tiny yards have had to forego the pleasure of growing their own vegetables. However, city dwellers have begun to claim their own stake in gardening, and the result is a growing trend toward container gardening.

Simply put, container gardening is the process by which vegetables, herbs, and flowers are cultivated in individual pots, window boxes, or other types of containers. The possibilities are endless, and all that is required is a sunny spot and a bit of creativity.

Ideally, a container garden is housed on a rooftop, deck, porch, or patio in a spot that gets between five and six hours of sun each day. However, even the lack of outdoor space doesn’t eliminate the possibility of urban gardening. Some people plant their veggies in hanging baskets placed in front of a sunny window, or even suspend them outside! With a bit of imagination, anyone can have a garden.

The key to successful container gardening is choosing the right types of plants. Patio tomatoes have long been a garden center staple, but you can grow just about any type of plant in a container. Consider plants with shallow root systems such as radishes, carrots, and even onions, all of which are pretty to look at and easy to grow. Bushy plants, such as beans and peas work well, but will require a deeper pot since they have more extensive and deeper root systems. Vine plants will also work, but will require additional space.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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