Do not feel limited about gardening opportunities just because you no longer have a big yard or maybe you never did. The other day, an elderly woman visited my store and began lamenting about days gone by and her love of gardening. She now resides in a senior high-rise apartment and unbelievably, there is a community garden for any tenant who wants to participate. She proudly boasted about her contributions to the garden space and her creative ideas that seem to please other residents who do not choose to garden but do admire the fruits of her labor. She just found out there would be new construction near her apartment building and the garden is being replaced with a parking lot. After she left, having purchased a canvas print of an old bicycle, I began thinking about what she could do to maintain her gardening activities.
I found a great article about container gardening. Along with basic facts, the article made several suggestions for clever uses of throwaway items that could be used as containers for gardening. I hope my customer returns soon because I want to share this information with her. According to the article, there are no rules for the right kind of container. A container is something that holds soil and has holes in the bottom to drain the water, in fact, the more holes the better. Purchase bagged potting soil for best results. It already has the good nutrients that make for happy, healthy plants. Be sure to water regularly, giving enough water so that it drains out the bottom of the container. It always helps to provide plants food and fertilizer too. Do not limit yourself; try any plant you want to grow.
Several suggestions for containers included items you probably own, unless you have already thrown them away. I loved the idea of an old pair of boots. The old tire also caught my attention, as did the old kitchen pot. A unique idea was to use the bag the potting soil came in and just poke holes; a garden in a bag. I feel challenged to look over the things I am considering disposing of as I clean out my basement this weekend. I know I am going to find several containers for gardening.