There’s a lot to be said for container gardening (Google / Times Colonist)

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Thinking small can pay big dividends

By William Hageman, Mcclatchy News Service

For most gardeners, the dream is to be out there with a big patch of land, growing all manner of vegetables.

The realities of urban living make that difficult for some of us. In his new book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible (Storey, $19.95), Edward Smith reminds us of the virtues of going small, and explains how to make it work.

There’s a lot to be said for container gardening: You can focus better, there’s less work and, let’s face it, when you have that expansive garden, well, you can eat only so much eggplant.

Smith, the best-selling author of the classic The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, took time away from his 1,500-square-foot organic garden in Vermont to talk about growing in containers.

If you had room for only three containers, Smith said in his book that he’d go for tomatoes, summer squash and beans. But that doesn’t have to be it.

“With containers, it’s important to have all the growing space growing something all the time,” he said. In April and May, “I plant spinach and lettuce and other crops that do well in cool weather. They’ll be harvested and eaten by the time the other crop needs the whole container.”


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Willem Van Cotthem

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