Vegetables can be grown both in the soil as well as in pots. There are pros and cons to each method. Growing vegetables in pots brings its specific advantages and disadvantages, and this article will look at them.
When growing vegetables in pots, you can provide good soil and control specific aspects of the soil. Soil-borne diseases can be better controlled by simply ditching the soil and replacing. Disadvantages are that soil will need to be made or purchased. Make soil by mixing topsoil with organic matter to add nutrients and improve drainage.
Containers have the advantage that they can be moved if necessary and can be placed in corners or other limited areas to provide usefulness and productivity for otherwise wasted space. This saves space and maximizes the productivity of the yard. Container gardening maximizes space and allows for areas of the yard that otherwise would be nonproductive to be utilized for gardening. It provides flexibility for growing vegetables and compliments the vegetable garden. In yards that have no room for a garden, container gardening makes gardening possible.
Containers require less weeding and maintenance overall. However, they require frequent watering and more frequent fertilizing or the use of a time release fertilizer. Containers cannot be neglected for as long as a vegetable garden can, should you need to take a vacation or be away for several days.
Container gardening allows for the integration of vegetable plants with the landscape and beauty of the yard. Planting containers is easy and the plants are often easier to reach and to get to when harvesting. Containers can be brought indoors should a late or early frost hit, to protect or extend the life of the plants. However, container yields are often reduced due to the size of containers limiting larger vegetable plants. Buying the containers themselves is often an expense as well, and containers will need to be replaced about every ten years. Containers made of clay will need to be protected to prevent ice damage.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of growing plants in containers, and should be weighed when planning the garden.