To raise, or not to raise: that is the question. Should you or shouldn’t you take your garden above ground? There is no debating the benefits of a traditional garden, when seeds are actually planted and grown in the earth. If you have the space and the time to invest, there is no better option for large, bountiful plants. But when this isn’t an option, the green thumb doesn’t have to suffer. Raised and container gardens can yield very satisfying results. So which do you choose?
Raised or in pots, container gardens consist of plants grown above ground. So why plant above ground if you have a yard? Initially, traditional gardens can require a great deal of work to prepare. A corner of a large untended back yard, full of grass and weeds, will not burst into fruit on its own.
The first thing to consider is how to prepare the space. Not everyone has the desire to do the tedious clearing and maintaining of the land and this is where a raised garden can be an excellent option. The structure can be any shape and size, providing space for as many or as little plants as desired.
Instead of removing grass and vegetation from an area and being concerned with keeping it cleared once the seeds are planted, a raised garden can be built above the ground, on top of whatever is already there. Beyond the effort required to build and fill it with soil, a raised garden is a great way to avoid actually having to work the ground.
Others may have the desire to clear and maintain but don’t have the space to do so, like the city dweller with a tiny balcony or patio as the only locations for ample sunlight.
For them, container gardening is definitely the way to go. Simply consisting of plants in large enough containers, the smallest area can be transformed into a working space. Seeds and plants can find a home in anything from large decorative planters to used buckets, just as long as enough sunlight and water are provided.
Non-traditional gardening doesn’t have to break the bank either; it is in the endless list of potential options that make them the most cost effective options. To grow, a plant simply needs access to ample sunlight, water, and well drained soil so with these key factors in mind, the possibilities of what to place them in are endless. While there are countless varieties of kits and containers available, ranging in cost and size, the handy person with access to scrap wood, nails and a hammer can build a raised garden in any shape or size, leaving the most money to be spent on seeds/plants and soil.
The same theory can be applied to containers; old paint buckets with holes placed in the bottom are as good as any decorative planter and can yield just as much as an expensive planter. The cost will truly be up to the gardener.
The bottom line is that whether traditional or raised, in vast spaces or cramped corners, it doesn’t take much for a garden to grow.
A yard isn’t even required: given adequate conditions, plants will find a way to survive. When taken above the ground, they grow excellently in containers and with a little research and consideration, raised gardening is an excellent option for the non-traditional gardener.