Container Gardening


For many urban growers, small space is a problem that limits their planting options. Due to this, they resort to using plastics in growing their food. However, there is a big concern regarding using these unnatural products when growing things for consumption.


One of the biggest questions thrown at organic gardeners, and indeed that organic gardeners ask themselves, is this:

Do plastic containers leach chemicals into the soil that is absorbed by plants and ultimately by us?

In this article, we are going to tackle 3 important points:

  1. SOME plastics are unsafe and they DO leach toxins
  2. There is GOOD in re-using plastic containers as planters
  3. You can CHOOSE what plastic to use as planters

Not All Plastics Are Harmful

container 6The general notion is that all plastics are harmful and should be avoided completely. Many times, we have encountered people saying that using plastics to grow vegetables and fruits defeats the very idea of growing naturally or organically.

Though it is true that plastic products are not natural, what will landless people use to grow their own food? They can opt to buy pots sure, but that would be spending more money – most people grow their own food to save money. And buying pots will mean more resources are ‘harvested’ from Mother Nature to make the pots.

Re-using plastic containers is cheaper and it does keep them away from landfills (one of the benefits by the way).

There are other materials that can be used of course, like wooden pallets but sometimes supplies are not always available and they don’t last very long.

Using plastic containers to grow food for your family is not all that bad – provided you know which plastics to use. As stated, some plastics are harmful and they do leach toxins to the soil especially when they are heated or exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time. You will find out later on which plastic types are safe to use…

The Good In Re-Using Plastics as Planters

  • Plastics are kept away from landfills where they will stay in an undecomposed state for thousands of years
  • They can be found almost anywhere
  • They are cheap
  • They are easy to use
  • They last a long time
  • Re-using plastic containers minimizes the need to use up more resources that are sadly not being replenished



With commercially produced foods being genetically modified by the likes of Monsanto and all the crazy things being added to food, it is no surprise that more and more people are seriously thinking about growing their own food. But to a lot of people, space can be a big problem, especially when living in an apartment. In this post, we are sharing 50 things you can grow in containers.
Growing in containers offers the benefit of being able to produce your own food even in a limited or cramped space. There are many fruits and vegetable varieties that can thrive in a small growing environment. Here’s a list of 50 things you can grow in containers.

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How nice would it be to just be able to pluck fresh green onions from the soil whenever you need them? Nothing beats fresh onions for your salads, dips or soup. But how can you ensure a supply of fresh onions at hand all the time?

Sure, onions are available all year round from the supermarket, but they are hardly fresh and there’s almost always no way to know for sure where they came from.

Gardeners of course will simply grow them but some simply have problems with available space.

I came across an image of onions grown vertically on the windowsill, using a common 5 Liter PET bottle, which I thought was a practical, space-saving and green way to grow onions. I posted the image on our Facebook Page and a few people asked how it was done…

…and since I was curious myself, I did a bit of research and this is what I found:

STEP 1: You need a planting vessel:

plastic bottles