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Container gardening growing in popularity!


POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 6:20pm

Spring is right around the corner and it's about that time to use your green thumb and start gardening again. A type of gardening that's really taken off the past couple of years in East Texas is container gardening. This type of gardening is perfect for people who live in apartments, houses with not a lot of land and it's also an easy type of gardening for those who want to learn!

Tomatoes, herbs, peas any type of Fall vegetable can be planted into a container.

"Cucumbers, squash, peppers, any of your vegetable line, you can grow it," said owner of Joe Smith Farms Betty Smith.

"It's stuff that doesn't require a lot of space, but will give you that fresh fruit or vegetable that you desire," said Prairie View Extension Agent Ashley Pellerin.

Some people even go as creative as planting their herbs and vegetables in milk cartons or shoe racks.

"Anything that holds water can become a container garden. It's really just that easy," said Pellerin.

And for those wanting to try, both Smith and Pellerin said it's very important to poke holes in your container, make sure your plants are getting enough sunlight and your container is deep enough for the root system to thrive.

"It's easy, but it can cause a lot of problems if you forget," said Pellerin.

They even said it's easy for kids to try.

"It not only provides you with self-satisfaction and self-gratification, but it also helps teach your kids about nurturing, responsibility and the reward of being able to see something when it's done," said Pellerin.

So, if you want to garden, but don't have the space, this proves you can still garden without really needing one.

"This is ideal for those who don't necessarily have a lot of land, or who don't have the opportunity to grow fresh fruits or vegetables and they'd like to try their hand at it," said Pellerin.

"People want fresh product so their looking to grow it. I've had more of the younger generation coming in, planting gardens than I have in a long time," said Smith.

Smith said container gardening is also a perfect hobby for the elderly. She started a project for nursing homes in Cherokee county called Garden of Hope.

They take donated items, plants and soil and bring them to nursing homes where the elderly can plant vegetables.

They said they are looking for sponsors and volunteers to continue the Garden of Hope.

They said it's great to get the elderly out of the nursery home, into the sunshine, and continue a passion of theirs.

"All they knew was farming back in the days, so they have really, really enjoyed it and I enjoy getting to watch them smile," said Smith.

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