Container gardening in small spaces

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Container gardening gaining popularity among those with smaller spaces

By Tonia Copeland

Gardeners around the world can barely contain the excitement of container gardening, which has gained popularity in recent years as an attractive and easy alternative to large garden beds for a number of reasons.

The movement towards movable gardens comes as no surprise considering the number of gardeners with limited time and space as well as those gardeners that do not own land.

Not only can several small or medium sized containers be moved from one home to another, they can also be moved to safety during a storm or to allow for changing sun and moisture needs.

Additionally, traditional garden plots can take a lot of time to prepare, the ground needs to be cultivated, leveled or terraced, and possibly enriched with compost.

Once planted, the back-breaking work of weeding a large garden plot takes even more time.

Using a container can be as simple as mixing potting soil with compost, filling the container, planting and watering; weeding is rarely necessary.

Containers do not need to be large, pricey or even originally produced for a garden, instead gardeners can plant in anything from a clean vial to an old bathtub.

Upcycled items often make the most visually appealing containers, so try planning a succulent garden in an old, rustic, little, red wagon.

Tool boxes, crates, tires, canisters and hundreds of repurposed items have been used as containers for gardens everywhere.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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