Posted on 08 January 2008 by

Container Gardens for 2008

Container GardeningBy Michelle Fabio

If you’re thinking about gardening this year but don’t think you have enough open green space or even time, you’re not alone–and nurseries are working hard to help you out by developing more and more plants and vegetables suitable for container gardening.

Container gardens are the latest trend according to Bruce Butterfield, research director for the National Gardening Association in South Burlington, Vermont as “'[p]eople are using their patios and balconies rather than get their hands dirty in the ground.”

Moreover, as lifetime gardeners age, many look to containers to continue their passion while keeping it, well, contained to a smaller space that requires less care.

And if you’re looking specifically for our beloved tomatoes, industry experts say that one of the most likely winners this year will be the “Balconi red tomato from Thompson & Morgan, which is a sweet cherry tomato that grows well in a basket and is pretty as well.

Container gardening can produce great fruits and vegetables–including tomatoes–so there’s really no reason not to give it a try this year. You can even buy containers already started and just put them on your porch, patio, or balcony.

Happy container gardening!

Source: Hottest plants for 2008 aimed at containers and space-starved urban gardens

2 Responses to “Container Gardens for 2008”

  1. Bruce F Says:

    If you want to grow a lot of tomatoes in containers, just follow me……

    A few of us who live in the city of Chicago are growing heirloom vegetables on our rooftops in cheap homemade earthboxes. In response to huge environmental problems, it’s a small but rewarding way to push back. Also, we think they’re a great way to build connections in a fragmented social/political landscape.

    Here’s the Flickr link, alongside the pics is a little how-to guide with plenty of relevant links.

  2. michelle Says:

    Awesome Bruce! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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