Welcome to the world of container gardening (Muscatine Journal)

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Welcome to the world of container gardening

March 30, 2013 12:00 am  •  Paul Sywassink Muscatine County Master Gardener

Container gardens are one of the fastest growing segments of gardening. Containers can be grown where traditional gardens are not possible including decks, patios and areas with poor soil. Since containers are movable, they can be placed in different areas where instant landscaping and color is desired. We must realize that container gardening is not just for flowers, but vegetables also do well when planted the same way. I have been planting some vegetables in containers for several years and have had much success.

Choosing a Container

Just about anything in your imagination is suitable to use as long as it holds soil. Size makes no difference, since the smaller plants can be planted in items like old shoes. You can use clay, plastic pots, wooden barrels, wire baskets lined with sphagnum moss, old wash tubs, and the list could go on and on. I

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My friend Gilbert VAN DAMME preparing the last year's bottle towers for planting new seedlings (Photo WVC)
My friend Gilbert VAN DAMME preparing the last year’s bottle towers for planting new seedlings (Photo WVC)

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Willem Van Cotthem

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