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Container garden

A container garden consists of plants that are grown in pots, boxes, or other containers rather than directly in the ground.

Containers can be made of terracotta, wood, plastic, ceramic, or other material that will hold soil and water. There are many forms of containers from the old worn out shoe, tea cups, terracotta pots, window boxes, or the more sophisticated methods with automatic-watering systems.

Container gardening is good for growers who do not have adequate soil, growing conditions, or space to grow their own plants. Container gardens are not only for the ornamental flowers but also for vegetables. Container gardens can be found anywhere from windowsills, front steps and porches to roof tops and other unused spaces.

A few disadvantages to container gardening versus planting directly in the ground is that it requires more personal attention. Plants will outgrow their container, becoming root bound, and will need to be repotted into bigger containers or divided and put into smaller containers on a regular basis. Irrigation will also need to be monitored as containers are prone to drying out.

Advantages of container gardening include eliminating the need to weed, less chance of soil-borne disease, as well as giving mobility to the plants to allow for repositioning.

Image Caption: Various types of container gardens. Credit: Thinkstock

Container garden