Vegetables in containers

Vegetable gardening in containers


This past weekend I was finally able to get into my garden to begin the much-delayed cleanup process from last year’s garden. What should have been done in the fall was time and again delayed this spring, usually due to weather or the occasional other weekend commitment.

As I was going through cleaning up and organizing various planting containers and dumping out old soil from some of them, fond memories of my days of growing vegetables in containers came to mind.

As much as I adore having a garden to plant in, sometimes the days of growing vegetables in containers have their appeal especially for time management, and for the many times when I didn’t have the space or a yard, I could dig in.

There are a lot of benefits to being able to grow vegetables in containers:

º Containers can be placed closer to your back door, making it easier to remember the plants are there and care for them.

º Container gardening can be easier to deal with soilborne diseases as you can start with fresh potting mix each year.

º If you have limited space and no ground to dig up, you can still have fresh vegetables.

º There are options for raised containers if there are physical limitations restricting one’s ability to bend over to work in a garden.

That’s just to name a few.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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