Green thumbs and aspiring green thumbs everywhere have been placing potted plants on balconies, patios, decks and more for centuries. But according to some observers the practice is gaining popularity these days.
U.S. consumers now spend more than $1.3 billion a year on container gardening, according to Container Gardening Associated. Why? Containers are easy, temporary, affordable and work well in so many different spaces. They can be used to direct traffic, and to bring a little nature, learning and relaxation to outdoor spaces.
It has also been suggested that gardening becomes more popular when the economy is down, since people tend to stay at home more and look for relatively low-cost activities (yes, I know about the $64 tomato).
Of course, plants suck up carbon dioxide like sponges, so the more plants, the merrier as far as easing global warming. They also help reduce the heat island effect. And, if you grow edibles you can enjoy a little fresh (make it organic!) produce right from your own homestead!
Interestingly, a new study published in the journal HortScience (by Dr. Terri Starman of Texas AgriLife Research) found that most people seem to prefer a container garden with a complementary color harmony, and in the price range of $25. Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.
Consumers also said they would like to have additional information on container gardening, especially how to get best results.
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