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  • Is a container vegetable garden Possible?

    11 posts, 10 voices, 1295 views, started Mar 21, 2010

    Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 by Kimo04




    • Amethyst
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      Hi all-
      I am thinking of starting to grow a few of my own seasonal veggies (here in Calif).  I’m tired of the limited local choices... and way too many imports.   I’m not a ‘green thumb’ but am willing to try and practice....  is it possible to grow some veggies in a box container- I was thinking peppers, tomatoes and maybe zuchinni.  Let me know if anyone has any experience or advice.  Thanks! :)





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          Veggie wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • I would love to do this too.  I don’t even have a yard though.  I’m going to follow this thread to learn for when I can have my own.heart



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          Tuliplady wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Yes, it’s completely possible.  You want to use a at least a five gallon container and then buy plants or seed that is specially bred for container gardening.  

          I have plenty of space, so the only thing I put in containers is flowers on the patio, but last year I grew eggplant as an ornamental in containers and it did very well.

          Google “container gardening” and you should be able to come up with lots of info and names of vegetable varieties that do well in containers.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • I’m going to try my hand at this as well!



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          Paris Mano wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Thanks Tuliplady. I will google container gardening.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Tomatoes grow very well in containers. Set them along a south facing wall for plenty of sun and warmth and water them liberally. Zucchini may be tough because I think they need a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is great and very easy to grow. Get yourself a long, rectangular planter box, keep it in a cool place, buy an envelope of mesclun greens or other salad mix - mix is the operative word here. These salad greens grow wild and when you want fresh lettuce you just snip the top off the ones you want and they keep growing. Lots of salad for little money.

          I grew broccoli in a container once. It was fun but not really worth the trouble.



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          Kyah wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • I saw a show on PBS a while ago showing how to construct a container garden and this one was like a tower with different types of veggies and herbs all the way up. Some of the seed companies have how to’s online and places like Home Depot may have the lightweight containers that stack. I wish I had a little plot of land or even a little back yard or porch .... living in an apartment sucks for sure.



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          Bea Kunz wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • I grow herbs for the commercial market, but we also grow most of our food. I grow nothing in containers except a few ornamentals. However, container gardening can be done very successfully if a few things are carefully noted.

          Make sure your containers are plenty roomy enough for root expansion.

          The right soil mix is very important in container growing because....container growing requires more watering than the inground way, as you water you will quickly flush the nutrients from the soil.

          Mix a large container at the begining of your growing season with good compost( organic matter that has been turned into soil ) when you water mix a few scoops of compost into the water, this will replace the nutrients that you are losing.

          Another plus to using compost for a growing medium is no need for fertilizing. Fish Emulsion is the perfect food for gardening, regardless of the type. ( comes in a bottle and easily mixes with water. )

          Most any vegetable that can be grown can be trained to grow up, even in the garden I have my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, etc., all staked and climbing on trellises, this saves space and keeps insects at bay, as most insects live on or in the ground.

          My friend has excellent results with the upside tomatoe baskets, I believe you can find them at any gardening or home store.

          If you wish to grow herbs in a pot, remember that they don’t mind being crowded. You can easily grow 4 or 5 in the same pot of a good size. In fact, a large pot of basil, thyme, oregano, chives, and parsley makes a beautiful welcome by the kitchen door.

          Good luck and enjoy !

          Bea Kunz



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          Kimo04 wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Thanks all!  I will check out that site and give this a try soon!  Looking forward to it.... I’ll keep you posted on my trials... haha!! :)



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 25, 2010
        • Here is a link with a bunch of related articles to gardening. I have read most of them and find it to be easy and simple (that’s me in a nutshell) to understand.

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          Vikki89, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Angelcart wrote Mar 25, 2010
        • Absolutely you can grow them in containers.  I walked in to Sam’s Club 2 day’s ago and they sell this kit for $39.00 which I’d love to have known about before I planted a lot of stuff.  You assemble it and just add your dirt and veggies.  My friends father used to garden this way and I believe it was called “sq. ft. gardening“.  Good luck!



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