March Gardening Part 2 – Containers

If you recall I told everyone that I garden in containers. I told you in the last post why I love containers, but I feel like I also have to be honest. I have to tell you why you may not want to use containers. It’s up to you to make the best choice for your garden. So here are a few reasons you may not want to use containers.

1. Upfront cost- gardening can get pretty expensive and container gardening is no different. There are upfront cost such as the containers, container soil, and amendments. Gardening in containers takes a little bit more prep work than traditional gardening and honestly the cost turns some people away.

2. Choosing a container- when you container garden you have to make sure your pot can hold your full size plant. That cute one gallon pot is nice until you grow cabbage the size of your head.

3. More watering- you have to water containers more often depending on what you use. I like fabric pots and that great feature to air wick roots is the same feature that makes you need to water more often.

4. Pot Prep – you always have to make sure your pots have drainage holes. You also want to make sure the holes are large enough to create enough drainage. Water logged roots mean the death of your plant.

5. Containers are heavy – I know I told you that you can move containers, but sometimes their heavy. I use ten gallon grow bags for potatoes and once they’re set, they’re set. Those bags are heavy enough to throw my back out.

6. Too much water and too many amendments- just like I said you have to water and add amendments. You can also add too much. Without excess dirt to absorb your mistake you might slowly kill your plant. This is a very delicate mix.

7. No natural bugs – although I don’t like worms they are great for your garden. Their poop or “casting” are great natural nutrients. Guess what? Worms can’t climb in pots so you lose that.

8. Fear – people are scared to garden in containers. Gardening is hard enough and now we are adding all these rules. You would rather start simple with that plot of dirt in your yard.

Like I said container gardening or traditional gardening is up to you. Always do what works best. For me I’ve grown into this method and I really enjoy it. I do have challenges from time to time, but it’s just seeds and I can always grow more. Take time to explore. There is no wrong way to garden. You will be surprised at what you are able to grow.

Container Peas and Spinach. Next week I will tell you about seeds you can get in the ground or pot early. These are five gallon grow bags.

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