Homemakers discuss container gardening

By Nina Parker/Homemakers Garden Club Published:

The Franklin County Homemakers Garden Club met at the Franklin County Extension Office in April to share ideas and techniques on container gardening.

Container gardening has become a great way to grow beautiful flowers and vegetables in a small space. Let’s face it, most of us do not live on farms where we can dedicate a large area of space for our gardening like our parents and grandparents did in the past.

In a world of limited time and space, container gardens seem to make more and more sense. Containers allow you to enjoy growing plants in places that might be thought of as impossible or even unthinkable in which to plant. If you have poor soil in your yard, the container garden might be your best bet for growing your choice plants.

Container gardens are showing up everywhere. Containers can be placed on the front porches to the rooftops of urban high-rises. Container gardening can be an art form where the passion for gardening is not diminished due to the lack of space. Gardens can be created in window boxes, on balconies and decorative pots filled with flowers, vegetables and herbs on the most modest of properties.

There are many different containers you can purchase, some already planted. But use your imagination and create that special container garden to share with your neighbors and friends.

A fun idea is to use unusual items such has an old tire, discarded boots or even an old army helmet. The important thing is to be sure you use good soil, feed and water regularly and the container must have good drainage. Remember, the container doesn’t have to just have flowers and or just vegetables. Mix it up and have fun with it. 

Several of the Franklin County Homemakers Garden Club members brought in a few of their many container gardens to show and tell what worked and what didn’t work for them.

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