Choose the Right Container Type
Terracotta: Attractive and affordable, terracotta clay pots have been used for generations. This traditional choice can be heavy and costly in large sizes, and they will break if dropped or exposed to freezing temperatures. Clay also dries out more quickly than some other materials, but it’s still a favorite of many gardeners!
Glazed Ceramic: Durable ceramic containers offer a range of colors for added style in the garden. They are fairly winter-hardy, but can be costly and heavy to move.
Plastic: Plastic containers are affordable, durable, and lightweight. You may need to shop around the find a style that suits your design taste.
Wooden: Natural in appearance, wooden containers and half barrels make great containers. They will last several seasons. As they age, though, it becomes more difficult to move them.
Concrete: Of all the choices, concrete pots are the most durable — and the heaviest, so plan to place them in a permanent spot. Large sizes can be costly.
Vertical gardening is using vertical space to grow vegetables (or herbs, or flowers, even root crops), often using containers that hang on a sunny wall. Vertical gardening gives non-climbing plants a space on the wall.
Vertical gardens take up less space, are easier to harvest, and easier to maintain. There are limitations to vertical gardening, including:
Need for sunny wall space.
They can be difficult to maintain if they are built too high. Don’t make them taller than you can reach.
The support system must be strong enough to handle the weight of everything.
The supporting wall must be able to withstand a lot of moisture. You can use polyethylene cloth to create a vapor barrier along the back of your garden if this might be a concern.
Vertical gardening is one of the most forgiving and flexible gardening systems. If you can already get a harvest from container gardens, vertical gardens should be no problem. For several examples of vertical gardening refer to this website.
If you have a small indoor space for gardening, here’s a link that provides some project ideas.