Gardening containers come in all sizes, and you can repurpose and use many
household items in the garden at minimal cost. I think everyone has
seen people putting old toilets in their yard, filling them with soil, and
using them as garden pots.
That is extreme, and you won't be finding plumbing
fixtures anywhere in my yard. What I do like is all the attractive
lightweight containers sold for gardening. They are easy to carry and to
move around. Fill them up with soil once, and you are set. No
one is going to be walk in your container compressing the soil. They
are easy to plant and easy to weed.
Their portability is also helpful when you have problems
with sun exposure. Our house is placed on a diagonal to north and
south, and we have large trees behind our home. In order to maximize
the sun received by our containers, we are able to move them around as the
sun moves during the growing season.
We live in an established neighborhood that has a lot of
elderly people. Gardening is on of America's favorite hobbies.
The yards in our neighborhood are filled with dozens of containers growing
flowers, fruits and vegetables. It is not unusual to see dozens of
containers in just one yard. We all have tall trees in our backyards,
which is why so much gardening is done in the front of our houses.
The picture above, from my back deck, shows just how
easy and attractive it is to grow a simple bush bean plant in a container.
As you can see, the plant itself is very attractive. It has a great
shape, and lovely large leaves.
More importantly, it grows a large amount of green beans
with a flavor that cannot compare to anything frozen or from a can.
If you want to make gardening part of your life, think
about the benefits of simple living gardening. It is fun, healthy, and
gets you your daily dose of sun.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
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