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Planning a Container Garden

By Claudette Brady

Just because we live in “the concrete jungle,” does not mean we cannot create our own natural habitats. Container gardens are a great way to grow organic vegetables, herbs and other plants, while also create your own, personal green sanctuary.

Container gardens are ideal for terraces, roof decks and outdoor garden spaces that have been paved over, and can be used to grow and nurture almost every type of plant, such as annuals, perennials or trees.

Annual plants have a life cycle of one year and are usually grown from seeds. They are available at most garden centers and can be kept indoors during the winter and moved outside in the late spring or early summer.

Perennials are plants that live more than two years. These include trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Perennials are considered permanent plants because most live several years—many (namely trees) with a lifespan of over one hundred years. Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Magnolia Grandiflora, New York City’s only individually landmark-designated tree is 126 years old.

Choosing Plants and Containers

When planning the container garden follow the guidelines for sunlight requirements given in the Window Box article.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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