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Growing Vegetables in Containers - The Pros and Cons

There are a handful of advantages and disadvantages to growing vegetables in containers. For gardeners with a limited amount of space, such as an apartment, growing vegetables in containers may be the only option. You can also get creative with the placement of containers, such as hanging baskets or indoors gardens near the windowsill. This article outlines some of the major pros and cons of starting a container based vegetable garden.  

The Benefits of Growing Vegetables in Containers

Containers require very little space. You can start growing vegetables in containers with as little as 1 square foot for space.  It’s the ideal choice for people living in small urban spaces such as apartments, townhomes, and condos.

Containers are Movable. Growing veggies in containers allows you to move your garden as needed. If your plants require more sunshine, you can easily adjust their placement to as the sun changes paths. You can easily protect your plants if adverse weather becomes a problem.

Fewer Weeds to Pull. Containers require far less maintenance than a full vegetable garden. When your plants are isolated, they do not have the level of weed growth you have with a full blown garden.

Less Physical Effort Needed. If you suffer from back problems or any other physical disability, growing in containers will limit the amount of tilling, weed pulling, and shoveling needed. This can be a huge benefit for gardeners with physical limitations.

Creative Options. With containers, you can easily change the arrangements and design of your garden. You can experiment with different plants, arrangements, and even grow flowers among your veggies. Changing this in a traditional garden requires ten times the effort.

The Disadvantages of Growing Vegetables in Containers

Constant Water Required. Containers to not retain water for long periods of time. Unlike a backyard garden, vegetable roots in containers cannot tap into water present in the soil. You can expect to water every single day, and sometimes twice per day in the spring and summer.

Containers can be Expensive. If you plan on buying the aesthetically pleasing containers, expect to shell out a decent amount of cash. Most higher end containers will run you $50 to $200, depending on size and

Soil Needs to be Replenished. The soil in containers need to be replenished every year. Fertilizing the existing soil is not sufficient to maintain optimum growing conditions in contains. This can be a tedious task, and may be a great deal of work with large containers.

Learn how to grow a container garden.