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Did you know gardening is good for your health? Both physical and mental health. Did you know that you can garden just about anywhere? Even indoors or on a tiny apartment balcony. Potted gardens are becoming the growing craze and pots are not just for growing the traditional indoor greenery like African violets and ferns. You can also grow food in pots. As long as you have the right size pot for the food you plan to grow and the right mixture of soil, you can grow just about anything in a pot. There are many reasons why you might want to consider growing plants (edible and non-edible) in pots. If you live in a small apartment with a tiny balcony, the balcony may be the only available space. But even if you live in the country with over an acre of land as I do, there are reasons why potted plants (even edible plants) do well and sometimes fare better when grown in pots. I grow my lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, beans, herbs and so much more in pots, primarily because my wooded lot has masses of underground tree roots that strangle the roots of my plants. For me, potted vegetable gardening is the only viable option.
Even if you’re not a seasoned gardener, you can learn and become successful at growing potted plants. Landan B.’s book, Easy Peasy Crops in Pots is an excellent guide to get you started. For the seasoned, experienced gardener, this book has a lot of useful tips to help you improve your potted garden experience. The book is well laid out with lots of useful information, like what types of pots are best, how to choose the ideal location, how to mix the perfect soil and so much more. Then there’s a concise list of edible foods you can grow successfully in pots, along with useful tips on the size of the pot, the type of soil mixture, and more. You can even create your own compost bin for your balcony, following the author’s suggestion in his conclusion. The book ends with a concise list of references for further study. A thorough, concise compendium to help make your potted garden a success.