Container gardening: containers
Container gardening is a fun way for anyone to garden. To those living in a condo, apartment or who are challenged by physical limitations, growing something in a container is a wonderful way to get close to nature. Growing, maturing and caring for a plant can be very therapeutic and many get satisfaction from seeing their work boom or being able to harvest fruit and vegetables they have grown.
Gardening in containers is easy. A large variety of containers are available for these gardens, but be aware of limitations. In the dry, Colorado climate, moss baskets don't do well. A gardener is better off using something that does not dry out as fast. Good choices are a plastic pot placed inside of a basket or decorative clay pot, or put a plastic pot inside of a moss basket instead of planting directly in one.
Unique containers make wonderful conversation pieces and express personality. Use old shoes, boots, animal containers, crates, or natural containers such as rocks, driftwood or old stumps with holes drilled in them. Anything that will hold soil and plants, and will drain, will do. For a more traditional container garden, whiskey barrels, terra cotta pots, ceramic pots, plastic pots and window boxes are all available at local garden centers. Most pots will hold all the plants you wish to grow.
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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013