A container garden makes good sense.
Pots of plants are practical because you control the soil, a good thing if your soil is bad. You also eliminate critters like bunnies and voles from eating your plants.
Container gardens can be a simple as geraniums in single pots lined on the front porch or as complex as an entire vegetable, herb or flower garden.
Getting your container garden started is as easy as 1, 2, 3 ... here's how, according to Home Depot/homedepot.com garden experts:
First things first - gather as many pots as you want to use just be sure that they can drain water and hold enough soil for the plant or plants you want to grow.
Next, decide what exactly you want to plant. Pick flowers with beautiful, colorful blooms or plants with interesting sculptural shapes and textures. The sky's the limit so have fun with it!
Then it's time to select the best potting mix for your choice. Keep in mind that different mixes work best for different plants and flowers. You can even plant vegetables.
After planting, place your containers near a window, water and fertilize regularly and enjoy! You may not want to move the pots outdoors until warm weather stabilizes.
Transport your garden outside when the weather warms up by simply moving the containers.
Move your garden permanently by replanting your container plants and flowers. Container gardening is also a great option for apartment dwellers.
Kathy Van Mullekom is a gardening columnist for the Daily Press, Newport News, Va.; e-mail her at kvanmullekomaol.com; follow her at roomandyard.com/diggin, Facebook.com/kathyvanmullekom, Pinterest.com/digginin and Twitter.com/diggindirt.