For me, nothing says summer like gardening. In the same way that fall would not be the same without raking leaves, summer would not be the same without watering, weeding, deadheading and fertilizing. Not surprisingly, container gardening has surged to new levels in recent years, as many people rediscover the joy of gardening. Gardening in pots and larger containers, like this large raised garden, has many advantages over ground level gardening. One of them is water conservation. You simply waste less water in a container than you do when you pour it right into the ground. Another is pest control. If you live in gopher country, you know that they can be a real pain to deal with. Gardening in a pot totally eliminates this issue.
Whether you live on a small property that doesn’t allow for ground gardening or you have ample land but want to spiff up the exterior of the house, window boxes are a great place to start. And while you may be tempted to go with traditional wooden window boxes, you might want to give the synthetic models a try as well. The 5′ Nantucket Window Box – Clay is made of high grade polyethylene which will last much longer than wood, and it is available as a Nantucket 4 Foot Window Box as well for smaller windows.
What to grow in these handy containers? You can grow almost any small plant in a window box, like the Fairfield 4 Foot Window Box. Flowers are an obvious choice, but you can just as easily grow herbs and even small veggies in these tiny containers. This is a great way to keep fresh foods handy, right outside the kitchen door for easy access. The Yorkshire Window Box even has a sub-irrigation system to encourage root growth for enhanced performance and water conservation.
Containers and pots have a very important role to play in gardens of any size.