Help with container gardening

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by piddler, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. piddler

    piddler Member

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    Hi all,
    I need some ideas on container gardening. I live in town and don't have a very big garden spot to begin with, and now the deer have started eating up everything, including my grape vines and two weeping willow trees I have planted. I thought if I could plant in containers I could keep a closer watch after them, and keep them closer to the house.
    What I would like to know is, what grows good in containers? Such as tomatoes, beans, cukes, peppers, squash(yellow), and lettuce. Also, how big should the containers be and what should they be made out of?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks, piddler.
     
  2. Buggs

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    Tomatoes and peppers do real well in planters. I find that tomatoes will grow faster in a big container than in a small one. Tomatoes don't like being rained upon. I grow most of my tomatoes in a greenhouse and planting them in leaf compost saves weeding. I cover the planting medium with plastic to keep it from drying out. Large tomatoes consume a lot of water and failing to keep them well watered will cause bottom rot for several weeks after they become stressed.

    Buggs Bunny

    who is itching to get Elmer to plant the carrots
     

  3. karsan

    karsan Well-Known Member

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    I have grown lots of things in containers or big pots on my balcony, partly due to deer and slugs, partly due to lack of gardening space.

    Most important: water and drainage.

    Have holes in the container bottom, of course, put in a wider and flat container (I am not English speaking, maybe you have a better word), but not too flat, can be several inches high, (of course depending on your planting container's size). But they must not get up to half the height of you plant container (in case it rains too much when you can not empty it). (-But I suppose htat in hot places it good to have double containers to shade the main container, with roots, from excessive heat.) I have found that putting little rocks or pebbles under the plant container increases the water that can be held without drenching the roots. If water is left standing, green algae start to grow in outer container, looks bad, does not seem to hurt the plant.

    If you can not water for some days in dry weather, pull the container into a shady spot. Makes a big difference.

    I have grown tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, radishes, parsley, Japanese Mizuna, lettuce, beans, peas - and flowers in flower pots of course. Bigger containers are always better, obviously. My containers are usually plastic, some have a handle like a bucket.

    Have fun! Greetings from Karsan in Stockholm, Sweden, latitude similar to Anchorage Alaska. (Me and my plants rarely suffer from too much heat)
     
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  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Well-Known Member

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    Hi Here's some sites that I refer to often. This should get you started. :haha:

    Container Gardening Sites
    http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/homegard/cntanegrd.htm
    http://www.ireneclark.net/horticulture/Contain/contain.html

    Accessible Container Ideas
    http://www.umext.maine.edu/piscataquis/gardening/vol2iss11/back.htm

    Herbs and Herb Gardening
    http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/AFSIC_pubs/srb9606.htm

    Lots of Various Types of Container Plantings
    http://www.windowbox.com/cgi-bin/experts/ListArticles.asp?TopicID=13&CategoryID=3

    If you still have questions feel free to email me. I am working on a community project using entirely container gardening so I've done tons of research!
    Sylvia