types of containers are best for container gardening?
There are definitely
good choices and poor choices when it comes to container gardening.
The best type of containers for container gardening are glazed
ceramic pots. they are durable (as long as you don't drop
them!) and they come in many great sizes, shapes and styles,
which has the added bonus of making your container garden
look great, especially in the seedling state! Be sure that
there are drainage holes in the bottom though, or your plants
such as plantars and window boxes, are one to consider but
the choice of wood being used to build the containers. The
best choices are redwood and cedar. Other types of wood will
rot more quickly. Also, do not finish the boxes with any kind
of treatment or stain, as this can leech into the plants you
are growing. This is especially crucial if you are planning
to grow organically!
Thin plastic pots
are okay to use if you are on a budget, but due to their frailty
and UV damage, you may only get a single season out of them.
Terra cotta can
be used, but there are watering issues to be aware of. See
Using terra cotta pots for container
gardening for more helpful advice specific to terra
You can also be
creative! Things like old boots, wheelbarrows, wagons, metal
jugs or containers can all be used. If it can hold soil and
you can drill drainage holes into it, it would make a perfect
container for container gardenings!
If you are on a
restricted budget, also see our article Where
to get cheap containers for container gardening so
you can stock up on containers for free or next to nothing,
instead of paying for containers at the gardening store.