Do you have a Lynchburg Home but no garden area? Try container gardening!
You enjoy gardening but what can you do when there’s no space for it?
Maybe you live in an apartment, a condo, or your house just doesn’t have a backyard to encourage the gardener in you.
Is it time to hang up your gardening apron before you even start?
The good news is that it’s possible to enjoy growing your favorite plants even when you’re limited in space.
You can use any available space such as your balcony, patio, drive-in or indoor area to grow plants in containers. Almost any plant you can grow outdoors can be grown with the help of container gardening.
So let’s take a look at 10 reasons why container gardening is perfect for growing plants in your home.
1. It is encouraging to start gardening
When you plant outdoors, your garden can be affected by several issues including weeds, pests, and diseases.
When you’re a beginner, it can be difficult to consider all these things as you start planting in your garden. You can end up with damaged, diseased plants and get frustrated with the failure.
Container gardening is a lot more forgiving for beginning gardeners. You don’t have to worry too much about your plants being affected by weeds, pests, and disease.
Sure it can happen but the chances are a lot less and it’s quite easy to isolate and treat the problem for that particular plant.
2. You can help protect the planet
With container gardening, you can plant a variety of fruits and vegetables that you enjoy.
What this means is you no longer have to depend on the produce from the markets or grocery store. This has to travel miles before it reaches a store near you.
Growing your own produce means you reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the environment by saving trips to the store.
Growing your own plants and herbs means you will take care and avoid the harmful pesticides that would usually be used in commercially grown vegetables. This helps the environment by avoiding pollution of the soil and water.
Learn how: Lynchburg Parks and Rec offers classes in container gardening
3. You don’t need a lot of space
This is the main reason people tend to use container gardening. You don’t need a lot of space for it.
It does not matter whether you live in a house, or apartment, or condo. Does not matter whether you have a patio, balcony, or a small corner of your room.
You can make use of container gardening to grow all types of plants without worrying about space constraints.
You could also consider vertical gardening that would help you grow even more plants and people would be amazed at the garden you create inside your home.
4. You can challenge the weather
The weather can be harsh to your plants.
When you have an outdoor garden you expose your plants to the extreme weather fluctuations of your region.
Maybe you’re lucky and live in a temperate region where you can grow plants throughout the year. Or maybe you live in a region where it’s cold with a very short growing season.
Your plants tend to be at the mercy of the heat or cold and you need to take care when you plant and how your plants are growing.
With container gardening, you have more control over the conditions of your plants. If you find your plants are suffering outdoors, you can just move them indoors. You can adjust the plants depending on the place where they are most comfortable growing.
You also have the benefit of growing your favorite plants throughout the year without worrying about the seasons. You may need to provide some indoor space to your plants as well as some heat and light.
5. You don’t need to work hard
Gardening can be hard work.
Ask any outdoor gardener and they will tell you how much work goes into preparing the garden bed, tilling the soil, getting rid of weeds, protecting the plants from pests and diseases and more.
Container gardening does not need a lot of effort. You don’t have to worry about preparing the soil. You don’t have to worry about weeds overtaking your containers.
And there is a minimal risk of pests and diseases invading your plants. Even if they do you can isolate that plants and take care of the problem easily.
It’s also easy to work with your plants. People of all ages can maintain a container garden. If you have a problem bending you can keep the containers at a height. If you have trouble lifting and moving the containers you can keep them on a tray with wheels.
6. It can help you save resources
Plants need air, water, and food.
When your plants are outdoors in a garden bed, you need to provide these resources over the entire area. This means watering the garden bed, adding fertilizer to it, and ensuring there is a good amount of compost in it.
With container gardening, you have a limited area of the soil you need to take care of. You just need to water the container and add fertilizer and compost to it.
Of course, when plants are in containers they cannot spread their roots very deep. So you need to provide a lot more water than you would in an outdoor garden.
This problem can be solved by making use of self-watering containers that have excess water available in the container that is made available to the soil as required.
7. It will help make your home beautiful
Nature is beautiful.
And what better way to get nature into your home than by growing indoor plants.
With container gardening, you can grow a variety of fruit, flower, and vegetable plants inside your house. You can arrange the containers in different ways based on your aesthetic choices.
You can keep the plants in a visible corner of your house when they are in full bloom and move them to a hidden spot when the season is over.
There are containers available in a variety of designs that you could use to make your indoor gardening look even more attractive. Well-designed container plants can be placed at the entrance of your house to make it more welcoming.
8. You can grow what you wish to
It’s good to have a choice.
When you buy produce from a store you have a limited variety of vegetables available. The commercially grown vegetables are grown from seeds that are more resistant to diseases and can last longer on the shelf.
The problem with this is that the taste and nutrition of the vegetables suffers. The longer the vegetables stay on the shelf the more they lose their nutrition.
When you grow your own vegetables with container gardening, you can choose top-quality heirloom seeds that you may not find in stores. You can grow vegetables that have intense taste and eat them right after harvesting.
9. You will get to spend more time with family
Gardening is a family activity.
Growing your plants in containers will encourage your family to spend time gardening.
What better way to spend time with your kids teaching them how plants grow and where food comes from. It will inculcate a sense of responsibility and respect for nature.
If you grow food in containers you can encourage children to grow their favorite vegetables. This will help develop their love for gardening as well as help them eat more vegetables.
You can share your harvested vegetables with family, friends, and neighbors. You could even give away the vegetables to those in need such as a soup kitchen. This will build a sense of community that seems to be vanishing in the world today.
10. It will help improve your health
Chemicals are killing our generation.
The food that we buy at local stores could be laced with harmful pesticides, bacteria, and viruses you may not be aware of.
When you grow your own fruits and vegetables with container gardening, you can be conscious of what you put into your plants. You can ensure there is no need for toxic chemicals to enter into your plants.
Container gardening will help prevent pests and diseases to reach your plants easily. Even if they do you can isolate the plants and eliminate the problems without reaching out to harmful pesticides.
Container gardening will provide you a relaxing hobby that takes away the stress of everyday life. And people who have less stress in their life tend to have better health.
Read more: More about container gardening in Lynchburg area
Are you ready to start your container garden?
Exciting, isn’t it?
No longer do you have to worry about not having space. No longer do you have to worry about searching for a bigger home. And no longer do you need to kill your gardening dreams.
Start your container garden on your balcony or patio and grow the variety of plants you enjoy.
Nothing can stop you now. Get growing.
Kevin Rodrigues is a developer-turned-blogger with an interest in gardening. Check out his free guide, How To Use Container Gardening When Your Growing Space Sucks.
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