The art of container gardening reportedly dates back to the time of the Greeks and Egyptians, and has remained a popular and practical gardening practice ever since. Not only does container gardening allow for greater flexibility in the way you plant, but it is also a creative way to add variety to both your outdoor and indoor space.
Here are a few of the benefits of planting with containers.
Move your plants to give them the proper amount of sunlight
Planting in containers allows you the freedom to move your plants away from excessive sunlight or too much shade. Whereas planting in the ground requires careful planning and preparation to choose spaces that will provide adequate living conditions for each plant, planting in a container let’s you plant what you want, where you want.
Grow vegetables with ease
Not only does container gardening give you the ability to adjust how much light your plants receive, but it is also the easiest and most efficient method of controlling soil type, water, and fertilizer intake. With so much control over your plant’s growing conditions, you can individualize your care of troublesome plants like vegetables. Now you’ll be able to grow a variety of herbs alongside containers filled with salad greens, peppers, and tomatoes.
Not only are containers a practical alternative when it comes to growing vegetables, but they are also a great way to add drama to your garden. Use containers to easily mix and match plants of different varieties for a striking scene, such as pairing geraniums with asparagus ferns. The combinations are limitless, and your patio will burst with personality.
You can also show your creative side with the containers you choose. Select found objects such as barrels, buckets, or even old tires as creative replacements to traditional clay pots. Or, if you prefer a traditional look, opt for colorful glazed or designed pots instead of basic red clay.
Bring your containers indoors
The single greatest benefit to starting a container garden is its mobility. No longer will you have to worry about plants that require warm temperatures throughout the year. You can simply relocate your container garden to a sunroom, or place the plants throughout your home in areas with sufficient light. Using containers instead of direct ground planting will allow you to plant more exotic and care-intensive plants.
Finally, if you’re still a beginner green thumb, container planting is an ideal introduction to gardening. Begin by starting a tiny succulent or cactus garden on your window sill, and work your way up to more difficult flora.