If you have arthritis or don’t move like you used to, using containers or pots is a less demanding way to grow plants. You can place them on benches or tabletops so that you don’t have to kneel and bend as much. And if the pots are light enough, you can move them to catch the sun and bring them indoors in bad weather, says Leonard Githinji, PhD, an associate professor at Virginia State University who studies sustainable agriculture. Individual containers also protect plants from pests, particularly if you use store-bought potting soil rather than dirt from your yard. Pots are even preferable for some plants, such as mint, that spread rapidly and can crowd out other plants in garden beds, says Julie McConnell, a horticulture extension agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.