Beginner gardeners might not be too familiar with the term container gardening. In reality, it has existed for thousands and thousands of years. In fact, it was already an existing gardening method back when the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were still being created. That’s definitely quite a long history right there.
If you’re not quite sold on the idea of a container garden, this list of container gardening benefits might just convince you otherwise. Fig and Spruce recommends starting your garden as soon as possible to experience its many advantages.
Advantages of Container Gardening
There’s something about small-scale gardening that appeals to many gardeners. It brings something to the table that spacious plots of produce and flowers could never achieve. It also has its own set of pros and cons independent of its counterpart. Even so, you can be sure the positives outweigh the negatives. Here are a few of them:
Despite not being a gardening method that amateurs are too familiar with, container gardening is still among the most beginner-friendly gardening options around. That’s because it doesn’t leave you with too much work in case plants die.
You’re probably still trying to get the hang of things and don’t have the experience and skill set necessary for handling trial-and-error gardening issues. Basically, a pot or a container provides beginner advantages a lawn or plot of soil can’t. That means container gardening gives beginners the clear in terms of early gardening hiccups.
Some diseases can spread like wildfire, virtually turning your thriving garden into a botanical graveyard. While most in-ground gardens remain at risk to this, a container garden only limits the risk to the plant contained in the pot.
So, if your potted plant gets contaminated, there’s less of a chance it spreads it to the other plants. Also, if it does, there’s even less chance those plants spread the disease. Not to mention, treatment becomes a lot easier when plants are in the confines of individual containers.
One of the best things about a container garden is that it caters to varying needs and preferences. In terms of location, there’s practically no limit to where you can grow your garden. You can grow them indoors inside your rooms and by the windowsills or outdoors in your patio, balcony, or courtyard. You can even start a rooftop garden if that’s where you usually hang out to destress.
In-ground gardening can subject a person to different kinds of pain over time. Your neck, legs, and lower back can only take so much of those close-to-crouching positions you usually find yourself in when working on your garden. Remember, those plots of land aren’t going to adjust to your altitude; you have to stoop down to theirs.
Container gardening, on the other hand, is something that can adjust to your comfort. You can maintain the correct sitting posture by simply placing a potted plant on your lap when working on it. In the same vein, you can set the container on a countertop when working on it standing up.
5. Less Weed Work
Weeds can be the bane of a gardener’s existence. They can come out of nowhere to ruin everything you’ve done to help your plants thrive. Although you can pull them out to save your precious babies, it might take a lot of work. Also, it could only be a matter of time before they show up again.
Containers don’t provide a conducive environment for weed growth. Their areas are usually too small for weeds to take root and thrive.
If a senior friend or family member wants access to your lawn garden, they might not find it so easy to get there. Stepping over rocks, puddles, and what-not might be too much trouble for these aging individuals. They could also be a challenge for little children, and it would be such a shame if you couldn’t share your garden’s beauty with them.
In comparison, a container garden is not challenging to access at all. You can place your potted plants in positions and locations where everyone in your family can experience their visual appeal.
Saving seeds can be somewhat of a challenge for in-ground garden enthusiasts. There’s a lot to contend with, including the wind, rain, and other elements that could wash or blow seeds away. Container gardening makes it easier to keep and save plant seeds to create another garden or share with your friends.
The Convenience of Container Gardening
Container gardening is for everyone who loves gardening but doesn’t have the time or determination to navigate the challenges of traditional outdoor gardening. There is a lot more convenience in growing plants in pots than growing them in plots of soil where they are subjected to the elements and other things beyond our control.