Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Container Gardening is one of the fastest growing segments of gardening. Containers can be used where traditional gardens are not practical, including apartment balconies, rooftops, decks, courtyards, patios and in areas with poor soil. It is an ideal gardening solution for people in townhomes or patio homes, those in rental locations, assisted living homes where residents may have limited mobility, or those with limited time to care for a large landscape area.

Container Gardening is a perfect activity for beginning gardeners who may be intimidated by large landscape projects. Container gardening is also a great solution for advanced gardeners for showcasing particular plants or gardening skills.

Container Gardening can be much more than beautiful flowers in pots at an entryway or patio. More people are discovering that they can grow herbs, fruits and vegetables in containers, thus feeding their families healthy food and having produce to share. Growing vegetable and ornamental flowers together provides additional beauty and practicality and is trending. In today’s market, there is a plethora of pots available - from inexpensive and recycled plastic buckets and wooden pallets, to more expensive wood or pottery pieces, which come in an abundance of sizes, shapes, and colors. There are also many commercially available specialty containers for balcony railings, tiered gardens and vertical gardens.

Almost every aspect of container gardening is simpler than traditional or raised bed gardening. Some of the many benefits include: Practicality for Small Spaces, Portability, Manageability, Less Physical Exertion, Fewer Tools, Healthier Plants, Themed Gardens and the Joy of Fresh Flowers and Produce right outside your door! Container gardens also require less water. HOWEVER, the one downside is that gardeners need to water twice a day, or more, during the summer growing months. Water conscience gardeners can install drip systems for containers.

Container Gardening Resources

Debi’s Favorite Books on Container Gardening

  • The Container Expert by D. G. Hessayon (1995 Edition)
  • Bountiful Container by McGee and Stuckey
  • R.H.S. The Urban Gardener by Matt James
  • Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible by Edward C. Smith

For Container Gardening information, feel free to contact:
Debi Harrington, Chairman: Container Gardening