There are many pros and cons to planting a garden in a container versus planting it directly in the ground. Here is a comparison of the two methods:
- Easy to control the environment
- Can be grown in small spaces
- Less pests and diseases
- Can be grown year-round in some climates
- More expensive than planting in the ground
- Requires more watering and fertilizing
- Plants may not grow as large as those planted in the ground
- Can be difficult to find containers that are the right size and depth
Gardening in the ground
- Less expensive than container gardening
- Plants can grow larger
- Requires less watering and fertilizing
- More natural environment for plants
- Easier to weed and control pests
- Requires more space
- Plants may be more susceptible to pests and diseases
- Not possible to grow in all climates
- Plants may not be as portable
Ultimately, the best way to plant a garden depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you have limited space or want to be able to control the environment, container gardening may be a good option for you. If you have more space and don’t mind the extra work, gardening in the ground can be a rewarding experience.
If you choose to go with a container for your garden, we recommend an Earthbox.
The EarthBox® Junior™ herb garden planter box is perfect for growing tasty herbs and healthy greens anywhere—even indoors. With the same smart technology as the original EarthBox® Original gardening system, the Junior™ herb planter box is approximately half the size and designed to fit in smaller spaces and on countertops and windowsills.