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Old 04-23-2008, 06:09 PM   #11
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I did container gardening for 3 years before I went ahead and built myself raised beds. I grew tomatoes, peppers, green and yellow beans, peas, greens, cucumbers and herbs.

Greens and herbs grow well in long planter boxes

Use the largest containers you can find. I've used foam coolers and large foam pots. Don't use clay/terra cotta, they dry out too fast. If you can find the cedar planter boxes they last for years and look great.

Invest in name-brand soil with time release fertalizer already in it.

Water, water, water. Pots dry out very fast. I used to water 2x a day.

Try planting flowers in with your plants in larger pots, a few marigolds in with the tomaotes, or mix in herbs like basil with peppers. (Google "companion planting" for lots of good ideas)

You can even grow carrots and radishes in those 1/2 whisky barrels.

If you grow tomoatoes I'd suggest hybrids or determinate plants. They will only grow so big while heirlooms and indeterminants can get up to 6 or 8 feet tall and the pots can blow over in strong winds (I learned that the hard way my first year)
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:57 PM   #12
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I also do container gardening mostly tomatoes in a 8x10 green house our season is short. I grow them in the big rubber maid containers I drill holes on the bottoms and put broken up styrofoam and then the soil. Last year was a dismal year that has never happened before still don't know what got my tomatoes. I have the seedlings growing in the house. Here is my question should I throw out all the soil I spent SO much money on and buy new in case the soil was contaminated and if not what can I do with the soil to give it a boost. I've been using the same potting mix for about 5 years with great success and just fertilizing.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:12 PM   #13
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This is my garden so far... it's just started... it's still very small...
Most of the pots to the right are still empty... but I ran out of room for dirt in my big rubbermaid tubs... I toss the old dirt w/manure & blood meal.

Violas at the corner of the house & My little crack flowers... I guess the violas in the barrel seeded the crack!

My hens & chicks that I mostly drowned! (no drainage in that bird bath) - I moved the survivors to this so I can drill some holes in the bird bath

My mystery plant... it was labeled asparagus... but I think it might be an artichoke

My dead palm (I put it out in March, it took too much room in the house), kale & grape tomatoes to be planted, hens & chicks... in front, mystery plant, rosemary, strawberries

More violas & some yellow flowers (the name has slipped my mind)
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:49 PM   #14
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Cool

makes me want to get started again. i do like to just buy all the plants at one time and soil and etc. that can get expensive, may wait till end of may.

you guys are really much better at it than i am, i am jealous


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Old 04-23-2008, 07:59 PM   #15
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Spryte, thanks for all the great pictures! I like your eclectic little garden! I can't identify your mystery plant, but your yellow flowers look like coreopsis.

Babe, we all started as beginners! Container gardening is really fun and rewarding. And if something doesn't work out, replant this year, or try it again next year, or choose something else you like.

jpmcrgrew - can you describe what happened to your tomatoes?

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Spryte, thanks for all the great pictures! I like your eclectic little garden! I can't identify your mystery plant, but your yellow flowers look like coreopsis.

Babe, we all started as beginners! Container gardening is really fun and rewarding. And if something doesn't work out, replant this year, or try it again next year, or choose something else you like.

jpmcrgrew - can you describe what happened to your tomatoes?

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WOW! It's king of hard to explain the stalks kind of died and got rubbery the leaves had yellow spots it seemed like some fruits also had blossom rot. I looked up all the diseases a tomato plant can get but could never pin it on one thing. I did have one plant that did not have a problem. Also the seedlings I grew from seed in fresh potting soil were fine I gave some to someone else and they also had the same problem so I'm guessing it wasn't in my soil in the green house. I may have overwatered but that has never been an issue. I did cut off alot of the lower side stalks when they got big but don't think that was it either. I'm still clueless to what happened I run a fan in the green house because it gets so hot tops over 102 degrees but did not put the white sheet on top that year to help it stay a little cooler. It gets up to lower 90s in the summer here for a while but cools off at night to about 48 degrees
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If yours sound similar to the plants described here Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture Garden Questions then you definitely want to ditch the soil.

To be on the safe side, do it anyway.

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If yours sound similar to the plants described here Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture Garden Questions then you definitely want to ditch the soil.

To be on the safe side, do it anyway.

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Sounds very much like that may have been the problem. Could it be that it was caused by a couple of plants I bought in town? Could they have contaminated my crop? If not how does something like this happen?
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I have been container gardening for years, just be sure they have very good drainage.......
Hubby bought two black heavy duty plastic round containers, largest ones he could find, 26" round x 14.5" deep......just remember when you fill them with dirt they will be way too heavy to move.....and IF you place them on a wooden deck they may (over time) damage the deck
I use marigolds & petunias to control the bugs, planting them with the veggies

One year (dummy me) decided to plant corn in these large containers........Hubby had to take a ax to get rid of the corn stalks.......much cheaper to buy fresh corn (usually 5 for $1.00)
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:41 PM   #20
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I had two years of very good luck growing Roma tomatoes in barrels for two years, then they started getting rotten spots at the bottom. The next year I took out about half the soil, supplemented it, and still am using the containers (with some of the same soil) to grow peppers and basil with no problems (they're the half wooden "whiskey barrels").

I've never tried it, but I've heard around town that potatoes grow well in garbage cans. You cut sort of a door in the side to reach in and harvest. Interesting. But I do tend to stick to gardening foods that are pretty bad all through the winter. In other words, I'm more likely, here, to grow larger tomatoes than cherry/grape tomatoes, simply because they're pretty good in the store all winter, but slicing tomatoes are flavorless all winter (and, really, the same in winter). Potatoes I've bought from my farmers and there just doesn't seem to be THAT much difference in flavor. But it might be fun to try the potato thing!
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