Vegetables, herbs and flowers can be grown in anything, just about anywhere (Google / DelRay Patch)

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Go Green: Container Gardening

Perfect planters ideal for small spaces

As the owner of a smaller Del Ray home situated on a compact lot, I’m always thinking about scale. Our home is filled with furnishings carefully selected to fit the space. From kitchen items to clothing, everything we purchase must be able to be stashed somewhere in our house.

This small-space mentality extends to our backyard patio where I’ve been contemplating planting a selection of herbs and vegetables. With a small footprint to work with and two rambunctious sons, I know I have a challenge.

Enter container gardening, where plants are grown in separate pots or in raised beds. One of the best attributes of container gardening is that vegetables, herbs and flowers can be grown in anything, just about anywhere. In addition, some of the problems associated with planting directly in the ground—such as pests, some soil-borne diseases and the trampling feet of children—can be avoided.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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