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Old 05-02-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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I live in a townhome community and while I have a small private backyard, I cannot put anything in the ground. So I have to resort to a potted vegetable garden. I live in the Atlanta suburbs. So would like your opinion on what works well in pots. Here is what I have so far, I have tomato (only one), two scotch bonnet peppers (I am jamaican and we love spicy)...I have thyme, sweet basil and rosemary. What else guys?
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:11 PM
 
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I live in a townhome community and while I have a small private backyard, I cannot put anything in the ground. So I have to resort to a potted vegetable garden. I live in the Atlanta suburbs. So would like your opinion on what works well in pots. Here is what I have so far, I have tomato (only one), two scotch bonnet peppers (I am jamaican and we love spicy)...I have thyme, sweet basil and rosemary. What else guys?
Do you like cucumbers? We did those in some pots several years back and had to give lots away as we had such a good crop. I don't know what kind they were but they were medium sized and delicious.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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Chives and Rosemary did really well for me last year. I'm like you though - I'm giving tomatoes a shot this year. So far, they are doing well (no fruit yet - probably about a month, and a stronger, healthier vine away!).
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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Anything that can be grown in the ground can be grown in a pot.
I am not sure about the weather your area. I have grown Squashes, Marrows, Beets, Onions, Radishes, Tomatoes, Peppers, and even Runner Beans.
Really, just about anything can be grown in pots.
Plus, many that are not tolerant of the soil conditions in your area, can be grown in pots, due to you being able to choose the soil conditions that they are growing in.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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My issue is waiting for some stable weather (I'm in the NorthEast). It has been ALL OVER the place since the beginning of the year. The plants are going gang-busters in a large Southern exposure window (don't even TALK to me about the Morning Glories - it's like a forest!). I just have to time the moving them from their window seat currently out to their patio boxes on the terraces. No transplanting - just making sure that the night frost does not shock them. They've been pretty much babied by me.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:31 PM
 
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My issue is waiting for some stable weather (I'm in the NorthEast). It has been ALL OVER the place since the beginning of the year. The plants are going gang-busters in a large Southern exposure window (don't even TALK to me about the Morning Glories - it's like a forest!). I just have to time the moving them from their window seat currently out to their patio boxes on the terraces. No transplanting - just making sure that the night frost does not shock them. They've been pretty much babied by me.
If they are that soft, the frost will kill them, not shock them.
You need to wait until there is no risk of frost.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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You can grow all kinds of vegetables in containers, if you have the proper containers and soil, weather, and light conditions. If you wish to grow vegetables in containers and want an easy way to do so, check out Earth Boxes or Garden Patch boxes. These are "self watering" containers, which is a little bit of a misnomer since you still need to water occasionally. They simply store extra water and provide a means of regulating the water used. I have used the Garden Patch boxes successfully, and my mom used the Earth Boxes successfully. Overall, I can't say one is particularly better than the other. Both offer suggestions of what you can grow successfully. I've grown tomatoes, eggplant, squash, corn, lettuce, carrots, peppers, and probably a few other things I can't recall in mine over the past few years. Here are a couple links so you can see them for yourself:

EarthBox - Home (http://www.earthbox.com/index.php - broken link)
The Garden Patch
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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It would be nice if we had another sticky thread (yes, I know, I know) purely for those of us restricted to growing our veggies in containers.

Edited to add - thanks to jdavid for those links
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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You can grow anything in a pot. The only issues are more watering and fertilizer leeching.

As for tomatoes, the optimum is usually between half a cubic foot to 2 cubic feet of soil per plant based on soil volume. In other words, 2 plants each in 1 cubic foot of soil will produce the same as 1 plant in 2 cubic feet of soil. This tends to tail off past 2 cubic feet where the output per plant may increase but will decrease as measured by soil volume.


Other issues are latitude and climate. Drier climates generally need irrigation systems or constant watering. Also, the further south, some plants become larger.

I like 5 gal self watering containers that have the compromises I prefer.


cheap earth container


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Old 05-04-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Here's a pic of my little container garden from last year:

//www.city-data.com/forum/membe...er-garden.html

My yard is torn up this year and is ugggly, so no new pics. I had most of herbs listed (including cilantro that reseeded itself throughout the summer---lovely) cherry tomatoes and several peppers, plus Swiss chard.

I have to admit I'm visual . I pick herbs and veggies that I like to eat that also look attractive on my patio.
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