Planters of all shapes and sizes

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Planters of all shapes and sizes can house edible gardens on condo decks.

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Barely contained

by Andrea Cox


But the art of gardening is not just for those with backyards. The options are endless for the condo or townhome dweller. Just think containers.

“Almost anything will work as long as it doesn’t have some kind of noxious finish on it,” says gardening expert Sharon McCormick, founder of Poppy Innovations, an organization that strives to create healthy communities through edible gardening and cooking.

“It could be a pot or a pair of rubber boots,” she adds, noting that the most important thing to look for in a container is appropriate drainage.

She suggests focusing on planting edibles from herbs to veggies and greens.

“Having lots of containers filled with edible goodies just brightens up your day, as well as promotes healthy eating,” says McCormick.

Definitely the eyes feast first, so making your container aesthetically appealing should be top of mind.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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