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Gardening Dilemma: Container or in Ground Gardens?

It’s one thing marvelling at green city spaces and gardens, and it’s another trying to plant your own awe-inspiring garden. Sure, gardening has its benefits, affecting your mood positively, keeping you fit by being in constant motion as well as giving you the chance to get organic produce off the soil and straight to your plate, however when thinking of the solutions that will give you the best outcome, you might get a bit stuck. You’ll find yourself weighing in pros and cons of different fertilisers, gardening tools, home-made compost or not, and most importantly, deciding whether it’s better to have a container garden or go with the traditional in ground option.

Every gardener has his or her reasons for making certain decisions gardening-wise, trying to prove this is the right way and that is the wrong way of gardening and upgrading your green thumb skills. There’s more to this game than meets the eye since the kind of lifestyle you have also has a say in the matter. Being part of the 21st century means being part of ever-moving societies, where “in a hurry” or “being pressed for time” are a common thing. This means most often you’re busy with loads of obligations to take care of so you have to get to know more about the two types of gardening to be able to take a side that won’t make gardening another burden but rather a pleasure.


Since most of us live in concrete jungles nowadays, times call for drastic changes. This certainly had its toll on gardening as well, resulting in so called urban or tiny, better known as container, gardens. There are plenty of reasons this kind of gardening style can become your own. For starters, local and online shops are abundant in planter pots to choose from, differing in materials, shapes and sizes, to suit the tastes of every gardener and the needs of every plant so you get both style and function checked. Problems like persistent pests and weeds will be something you won’t be dealing with, not to mention less diseases, which means tending to plants’ requirements is as easy as it gets. Oh, and let’s not forget wildlife as your uninvited guests feeding on your gardens. As you know, plants could use all the light they can get, and unlike with in-ground gardening where getting enough light is only set for a certain period of the day, with planter pots you can move plants anywhere where they can get the right amount of sun exposure.

We have to admit there’s something special about ground gardens. Perhaps it’s the thought of having this kind of gardening done for centuries, passed down from generation to generation, that makes it appealing, or the chance to see plants grow straight from nature. One thing is for certain though, it’s far more time-consuming and demanding than the container option. Wildlife, pests and weeds will be the least of your worries if you don’t have the adequate soil to begin with because not having the proper nutrients and pH levels can be the death of your plants. Also, six hours of sunlight exposure a day is the required minimum for desired growth, so it’s important to find the right sunny yard spot.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.