Hi Sun84! I was purely a container gardener too until about 3 years ago when I bought my house. In some ways, I actually miss those days. I LOVE having more space, and being able to grow perrenials. But I miss the protection that the balcony / containers provided from rabbits, slugs, etc. It was a lot cheaper to garden when I didn't have to worry about so many bug sprays! Not to mention the weeding.
I just came back yesterday from 12 days of vacation. I had a friend who was supposed to come by and water for me. It appears she never did. Fortunately, we're in an area that has been experiencing downpours lately. (my rain gauge indicated 2 inces of rain while I was gone, and I don't know how much evaporated from there) Unfortunately, I have a few containers that are somewhat undercover. I was so proud of one hanging basket I'd planted, and it's toast now. Oh well, I've learned two lessons ... never ask this friend to water, and move the containers to get rain while I'm gone!