container gardening

Backwood Basics

Mark Schultz sounds genuinely excited as he lists the benefits of planting in containers and raised beds: "You have complete control over the soil; it's easy to water--if a container is self-watering it uses 20% of the water of a conventional garden; pest control is easier; there's no weeding or tilling; it's easier to maintain; and it's attractive. It allows anyone with a level surface and sun to have a garden--urban gardener, patio, driveway, sidewalk, even a rooftop!"