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Container gardening lets people grow produce and plants in small spaces. (Charlie Benn-Frenette)

Container gardening a growing trend in Fredericton apartments

Rising grocery prices are driving Fredericton apartment dwellers to grow edibles at home

By Stephanie Sirois, CBC News

A growing trend called container gardening has hit the green thumb circuit, and it has been helping Fredericton apartment dwellers cut down their grocery bills.

Charlie Benn-Frenette has always loved gardening, even though these days, he does it in a surprising place — his apartment.

“I’ve been at my current apartment for the last six years, and so this will be my sixth year of gardening,” said Benn-Frenette.


Charlie Benn-Frenette tends one of the hundreds of plants he grows year-round at his apartment. (Charlie Benn-Frenette)

He estimates he grows enough food to replace 40 per cent of his weekly food budget by replacing the expensive produce found in grocery stores.

He does it through container gardening, a way to set up a garden anywhere, whether it’s inside an apartment on a windowsill, or outside in a raised box off the ground.

The containers can be any size, and any material, as long as the plants aren’t over-watered and overcrowded.

Year-round growing season

Benn-Frenette said he’s had hundred of plants on his balcony.

He grows salad greens year-round, cherry and grape tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, cucumbers and even pumpkins.

Benn-Frenette and his husband Rob like to switch up their eating habits in the hotter months, and fresh fruits and vegetables were a healthier choice.

“[Grocers are] selling it for a group of people instead of for a smaller group of people like me and my husband,” he said. “So it’s easier for us if we can grow those things, and we can harvest and eat when we’re hungry.”


Gardener Katrina Christopher says the key to a successful container garden is to not over-water. (Charlie Benn-Frenette)

Container gardening has become so popular that gardener Katrina Christopher has created a seminar for people interested in starting.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.