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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2263
If well-managed, vegetables grown in containers can provide high-quality produce in a small space.
Container vegetable gardening is a wonderful option for people who have limited space, impaired physical mobility, or conditions that interfere with in-ground gardening, such as poor garden soil. It also can help avoid problems with soilborne diseases and nematode pests that can exist in the soil in traditional, in-ground gardens. People who do not have access to a garden space, or simply do not want to grow a full-scale garden, may choose container vegetable gardening to provide them with enjoyment and produce. Containers are available in many different long-lasting and lightweight materials. Windowsills, patios, balconies, and doorsteps can provide adequate space for container vegetable gardens. Management of vegetables planted in containers can be simpler than in-ground gardening. Pests and diseases can also be monitored and cared for with relative ease. Container vegetable gardening is a great way to introduce children to gardening by letting them grow and manage just a few plants in a single season. Success in growing, managing, and enjoying the produce from these containers can help start a lifelong interest in gardening and raising produce at home.
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