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Team Containers or Team Ground?: Team Both! Containers and Ground

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Team Containers or Team Ground?

By Trish
February 5, 2012

This week the topic is container gardening. Team Containers love to utilize containers, and Team Ground would rather just use the ground. Share your experiences with us!

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Feb 5, 2012 1:09 PM CST
I do both. Put my non hardy (annuals) and some perennials in containers and plant perennials into the ground.

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gingin
Feb 5, 2012 2:22 PM CST
I'm a wannabe ground, but most of my stuff is in containers. Bill will dig for me, but I often wonder if the grumbling is worth it Glare ....the post hole diggers HATE me and I don't get along so well with the shovel either Hilarious! Pots I can relate with...from 1gal to 60...plus it's harder for Bill to mow over them Rolling my eyes.
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LindaTX8
Feb 5, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Unfortunately, it has to be both. Since cold and heat are problems and the yard is crowded already. In an ideal world, I'd like to have all of them in the ground.
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mcash70
Feb 5, 2012 4:17 PM CST
I like both, I squeeze in as many plants as possible in the beds, then go to containers. I love the look of beautiful containers full of annuals on the deck, patios and at the front of the house, I used to do a lot of hanging baskets but haven't done too many since moving here as it gets very windy and they dry out too quickly.
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critterologist
Feb 5, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Both, for sure! Last year, I fell in love with the idea of using big (18-24" diameter) no-hole containers as "pocket ponds." They look fantastic as accents in the garden, and unlike other container plants that insist they must have daily watering "out there" of perish, water garden containers only need topping up once or twice a week.
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tropicbreeze
Feb 5, 2012 5:48 PM CST
Predominantly in ground but there's always a need for containers. I believe I have some pathogens in the ground which affect some plants. Those I grow in containers in clean soil and up out of contact with the ground. Some plants would get lost amongst others and do well in hanging pots. And some plants do better without competition from other plant roots. So there's a variety of reasons for having container plants even though you prefer in the ground. But because my garden is quite large, far less than 1% of my plants are in containers.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 5, 2012 8:40 PM CST
I am both .. have to have both!!!
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CarolineScott
Feb 5, 2012 11:02 PM CST
Team both here! Perennials and hardy roses go in ground.
Annuals and veges in containers. I have half the driveway covered with
planters. A few veges do go in ground too.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Feb 6, 2012 4:29 AM CST
Definitely team both. I have tons of perennials in the ground but love the look of containers too. Containers are fun because you can be creative with them. I have about 50 hypertufa containers for my sempervivum and sedum but plants maybe a dozen or more large containers with annuals every year. I also plant vegetables in half barrel containers.

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Onewish1
Feb 6, 2012 4:39 AM CST
love the faces!!
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Feb 6, 2012 4:46 AM CST
Thanks! I made the faces using a mold and then imbedded flower pots in the back.
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Onewish1
Feb 6, 2012 4:47 AM CST
very impressive Chris!!.. now that I know you made them.. they are even nicer!!
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kqcrna
Feb 6, 2012 4:51 AM CST
Very cool containers, Chris. Wonderful job.

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vic
Feb 6, 2012 8:06 AM CST
Your gardens are beautiful Chris - WOW - Lovey dubby

Almost all of my containers are in the same general area with the exception of herbs as they need longer sunlight than the rest of my container plants. Almost everything that will not over-winter goes into containers so it's easier to bring in.
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 6, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Thanks Karen & Vic! Unfortunately I have so many houseplants that I don't have room to bring many containers inside to overwinter.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Feb 6, 2012 10:17 AM CST
I had no garden space to speak of where I lived before 2007.My yard was small and mostly house and driveway. Containers were the only way to expand space .

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I brought 13 containers with me to this place.They make a great deck garden.DD and I combine our containers to make nearly 25.She is responsable for hers ,I spend the winter desighning mine



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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 6, 2012 1:45 PM CST
Very pretty Jo Ann!
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mcash70
Feb 6, 2012 1:47 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up

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tropicbreeze
Feb 6, 2012 3:39 PM CST
Jo Ann, That's a very nice set up. What's the name of the flowers in the second last photo?
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RickCorey
Feb 6, 2012 3:50 PM CST
>> Containers were the only way to expand space .

Me, too. "Both" ... because I have to.

I keep forgetting to water and fertilize pots often enough, so results can be disapointing.

But when all your beds are full, and ya gotta plant more seeds ... whattaya gonna do?

This year I have to put some tomatoes in pots. THEY will force me to be disciplined and attentive!

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