Gardening is one of the most relaxing and rewarding outdoor hobbies there is, but millions of people live in areas where they are not afforded the luxury of having a nice garden patch to work with. Many of these apartment and condo dwellers seem to think that this means that they cannot indulge in gardens and gardening at all, but that’s simply not the case.
Container gardens and gardening are quite popular, so much so in fact that many seed companies have created hybrid plants that actually are tailor made for container-based growing. Whether you have a front porch, a small balcony or even just a sunny window, you can get started with container gardening with very little effort. Then, just sit back and enjoy the beauty and pleasure that will come from your container plants.
This season, my area has been hard hit by tornado watches, high winds and heavy rains. For this reason I put the majority of my season vegetable growing efforts into containers this year.
The most obvious benefit for me in this situation is that when the weather is going to be exceptionally poor, I can move my outdoor containers into the basement or simply protect them with a piece of plywood or a large tarp. Mobility in your case may be a much less severe situation. Perhaps you want to rearrange your furniture or just ensure that your plants are getting enough of the afternoon sunlight. It can be a breeze if your plants are in containers!
Creative use of space
You can also look up when you need more space for your gardening pursuits. That’s right – up! Hanging plants are beautiful, they don’t take up any valuable floor space, and they can really make a tremendous impact on the appearance of your room or outdoor living areas. Many plants can be grown in hanging planters, and there are even tomato plants that are bred specifically for this purpose.
Another creative idea is to use a baker’s rack or other similar shelving system to house your container garden, even if it is outdoors! A small area on your porch or balcony is all that you need to create a stunning visual space full of life for all to enjoy!
Watering a container garden can take a bit more time, but it should not be enough to create a problem for most people. Because the plants are enclosed in smaller spaces than they would be if planted in the ground, they will need water more often. Still, it is important that you do not over water, and that your containers do offer an adequate combination of drainage and moisture retention.
If outdoor space is at a premium for you, you don’t have to go without a beautiful array of plants around you, you just have to be a bit more creative about the space that you’ve got available to you. Container gardens and gardening can be both beautiful and rewarding, and with just a bit of effort you can be reaping those rewards in no time!