If you’re not convinced about growing in pots and containers, here’s a list of reasons why you should get started right now no matter where you live:
- Versatile: Container gardens allow you to grow on a balcony, patio, courtyard, indoors on windowsills or rooms with adequate light, the deck of a boat, rooftop or caravan annexe.
- More variety: You can grow plants that may not be suitable to grow in your garden soil and grow plants next to each other even though they may have different soil needs.
- Accessibility: Growing plants in containers makes gardening accessible to almost anyone including children, those with limited mobility and the elderly.
- No weeding: Due to the small surface area, it’s unlikely weed seeds will find their way into pots.
- No heavy garden tools and equipment: Saves your back and money with less maintenance.
- Mobility: Plants in pots can easily be moved to suit your needs or to a more suitable sunny or shady location during the day.
- Change your look: Easily vary your colour scheme. As each plant finishes flowering or fruiting, it can be replaced with another.
- Flexibility: Rearrange plants to suit the season or your personal taste.
- Control space invaders: Vigorous growers like mints and bamboo that are too invasive if let loose in the garden do well in containers, but will take over an in-ground garden.
- Portable Meals on Wheels: Suitable for renters, edible gardens in pots can move house with you.
- Less disease problems: Most of the time plants that are grown in containers have fewer problems with diseases than plants grown in the soil.
- Fewer pesky pests: Insects that move from plant to plant in the garden are less likely to discover plants on a balcony, verandah or deck. Even if a problem is detected, you can isolate affected plants by relocating the pot until the problem is under control.
- Fertilising is easier: Keeping your plants well-fed is much easier when they are confined to a small area. Not as much nutrient tends to be lost or absorbed by neighbouring plants like when they are grown directly in garden beds.
- Time and labour saving: Less time is spent weeding, walking and watering when plants are grouped all in one place.
- No pesky neighbours: Less competition with wildlife and thieving from hungry animals and birds.
- Close to the kitchen: Convenience of only reaching out or taking a few steps to fresh home grown herbs and veggies.
- Street Appeal: Well-designed container plants placed strategically at a home’s entrance can add value and make the home more welcoming.
- Indoor gardens: Improve indoor air quality, health and well-being with colour, fragrance, food and ornamental plants.
- Design Accents: Decorative pots and urns can act as focal points or statements in the home or garden.
- Highly productive incredible edibles: A wide variety of seasonal food crops can be grown successfully in containers including long lasting fruit trees.
- Extended harvest time: Soil in pots often warms up faster than soil in the ground so an earlier harvest of some vegetable crops is possible.
- Reduce food miles: Growing even a few fresh herbs or salad vegetables in pots means less trips in the car or public transport to the shops or markets and saves money too.
- Greater control: With less to look after, it’s easier to control the impact of weather, the micro climate, sun and shade.
- High rise green space: Enables gardens to be grown on all floors of apartment blocks and high-rise buildings.
And of course they can reflect your personality, tastes and favourite colours!
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