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Old 02-01-2008, 02:25 PM
 
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Does anyone have any advice on how to start a container veggie garden. I really want to start something for some fresh veggies and fruit but don't know what to do. I would like it to be organic if possible. What do I do. I don't want to dig up my yard so I thought that maybe I could use some nice pots on my padio or in the house. Any ideals. The other thing is I don't know what season to plant what for example we like green beans, okra, tomatos, peppers. and strawberries. Also one other questions I live near a canal and seen a snake in my backyard before would I have to worry about that because of a garden on my padio , and what about bugs I read on some articles about having a problem getting rid of bugs when you have one. I would not want a bug problem because it will be near my door. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:02 PM
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You can start here:
Plant Answers
Milberger's rocks!

Also, either of the Rainbow Garden locations are very helpful:
Introduction (http://www.rainbowgardens.biz/introduction.htm - broken link)

Good luck, gardening in San Antonio can be tricky, but I love it. I just don't do container gardening, so I can't be much help there.

Re the bugs: ??? The nurseries would definitely be able to help you out with that as well.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:43 PM
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I tried raising tomatoes in containers here for two years without success. Container gardening is quite difficult to do here, because the sun dries out the soil in the pots very quickly. Unless you water daily and in the morning during the hottest part of the summer, it's tough to keep the soil sufficiently moist in pots. That was too much of a commitment for me, so I gave up containers for a raised bed and have had better results. I let my sprinkler system do most of the garden watering now.

Finally, IMO the very best way to learn about organic gardening in San Antonio is to listen to Bob Webster's radio show on KTSA every Saturday and Sunday morning.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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These guys could probably help you:

Fertile Garden Supply online organic garden catalog.

Good luck!
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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I highly recommend a self-watering container like an EarthBox - you put water in the bottom reservoir, and the soil absorbs the water it needs. I get better soil moisture consistency from this type of setup than even an automatic sprinkler in a permanent garden.

Any of the vegetables you listed would do well, except strawberries - there's a pretty big space requirement to get enough fruit to eat, and then you've got to keep the birds away. They LOVE strawberries. Okra does amazing here, and grows straight up, so doesn't require much space. I've also had better luck with cherry tomatoes than full size.

You won't have any issues with snakes in your container garden - they'll stay in the brush and tall stuff. A garden will attract bugs, but shouldn't be a "bug problem" - I don't notice the bugs until it's time for hands-on work in the garden.
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