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PeaNut 8,699
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Posted: 3/22/2014 9:09:46 PM
I don't have a good area in my yard to plant a garden but I thought maybe I could start small by planting some veggie plants in containers. I don't like tomatoes so I don't want to have those. I thought maybe peppers? Any suggestions?

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Posted: 3/22/2014 9:18:54 PM
My sister grows pretty much everything in big rubbermaid storage containers. I think she drilled drainage holes and put gravel in the bottom. it seems to be working for her. She grows jut about every kind of common vegetable and grows strawberries, melons and blueberries


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Posted: 3/22/2014 9:45:02 PM
We plant peppers in containers along with lots of herbs. We also plant tomatoes. I don't like them just to eat but we can sauce and salsa.

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Posted: 3/22/2014 10:34:28 PM
Our driveway has the best sun, so DH made me a planter box that fits between the garage doors. I dropped a big plastic terra cotta looking planter in it and planted petunias along the front. But the rest was an herb garden. I just left them in the little peat pots they came in from the nursery and they grew very well. All summer I had fresh herbs. In the fall, I picked the rest, chopped them up, and froze them in little baggies. It worked very well, but I definitely need more thyme next year.

You can grow lettuce in pots, as well as peppers. I don't think a vine type veggie would work well, as it would quickly escape the pot. But someone may have done so successfully.

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Posted: 3/22/2014 10:47:20 PM
I have a pool in my backyard so I have to be creative to get my garden in too. I grow peppers in pots with no trouble at all. I also have 3 types of tomato, sweet pea pods, a bush blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, green onions, regular onions, carrots, all kinds of herbs, and this year we are adding some asparagus.

I purchased a plastic square foot gardening system from Costco last year and had quite a bit of vegetables growing in that. I put down some thick plastic on my brick patio and then put the square bins on the plastic. It drains well because the patio is on a slight angle to drain away from the pool.

I grow kale and sage out in my front yard. The sage is a boarder around the base of a tree and the kale is in a built in planter behind a screen of roses. You can do a lot when you get past the idea that you don't have any room for a garden.

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PeaNut 55,230
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Posted: 3/22/2014 11:59:57 PM
I plant lots of vegetables and herbs in containers on my deck. If I'm planting tomatoes or anything that needs support, I just use a pot big enough that will allow me to use a cage in it.

I usually intersperse our herbs with flowers in containers. I love how rosemary, thyme, dill, basil and chives look with flowers.


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Posted: 3/23/2014 3:24:21 AM
I'm growing lettuce, capsicum, eggplants, broccoli and various herbs in all different types of containers. I've got buckets, vercola tins and laundry troughs

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Posted: 3/23/2014 6:21:06 PM
You can grow most anything in a container, as long as you match plant need to container size.

Peppers do just fine in containers. For me, hot peppers like jalapenos or serranos are happy to grow in a five gallon bucket. As are smaller pepper varieties like the "yummy" sweet snacking pepper and cherry peppers. But for bigger peppers like bell peppers or poblano peppers, I need a 10 gallon container for each.

I know you (OP) don't care much about tomatoes. But for me, I can grow smaller cherry tomato plants in five gallon containers, but for full-size varieties I get best results from 10+ gallon containers. "Husky Cherry Red" thrives for me in 5-6 gallon size containers.

Eggplants do well too. I like to grow a variety called "Fairy Tale" which makes small bushy plants and tiny teardrop shaped eggplants (a few inches long) in clusters. They are perfectly happy and productive in five gallon buckets or large flower pots. Larger eggplants need larger containers. I've grown "Ichiban" eggplants two to a box in large Rubbermaid bins before and had a good yield.

Green beans are good for containers, especially the bush varieties. I grow mine 2-3 to a five gallon bucket.

Squash do fine too, I've grown bushy squash (zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan or scallop squash) plants in 5-8 gallon containers with okay results. The bigger the better for squash though, as the plants can get so big. I'm going to try in bigger containers next year, half barrel size.

Broccoli does fine in containers, beets, radishes, turnips, kohlrabi too. Even carrots as long as your container is deep enough. All the greens will grow in containers. Lettuces, spinach, kale, chard, collard, mustard, etc... Cabbage and cauliflower should do fine as long as your container is big enough. I don't know about brussels sprouts. The plants are pretty big and we really don't have a long enough cool season for them to thrive here, so I've never tried. But a big enough container would support them.

Strawberries love containers and you can very successfully grow them in all kinds of containers.

Some blueberry bushes thrive in a big container, like a half barrel size. I've been growing the "rabbiteye" type in half barrel containers.

Dwarf citrus trees will do well in a large container. I have a miniature orange tree that is thriving in one.

You can even grow vining plants if you put up a trellis or other support.

Cucumbers of all kinds do fine for me in big rubbermaid containers. As do some varieties of melons that make small fruit. "Minnesota Midget" is a variety of cantaloupe style melon that makes fruits about the size of a softball and makes vines no more than 5-6' long. I've grown them two to an 8 gallon container just fine. You can grow larger melons in containers too, as long as your trellis or support is sturdy and you make "slings" for the growing melons with a piece of soft stretchy fabric. This year I'm hoping to try a small-fruiting variety of watermelon that makes shorter vines on a sturdy trellis with slings for the fruit. As long as your trellis is strong enough and you figure out how to support the growing fruit, you can grow pumpkins and larger vining squashes in containers too.

All herbs do well in containers, IMO. I also have a thriving bay laurel tree in a big decorative pot for bay leaves.

Potatoes grow very well in pots. Although I haven't tried them yet.

I haven't tried okra, corn, asparagus, or artichoke. Technically you could grow them in a large enough container, but IMO they are the kinds of plants that take up so much space it wouldn't be worth my while to grow them.

But yeah, it's really just about providing enough space for the roots to grow, and making sure you keep on top of watering and fertilizing container plants. You probably won't get quite as big of a yield for most things as you would in a conventional row or bed garden, but you'll get enough to make it worth your while.



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Posted: 3/23/2014 9:16:48 PM
Wow...I'm so impressed with y'all! Thanks for all of the ideas and encouragement. I am going to try a few things and see how it goes!

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Posted: 3/23/2014 10:42:41 PM
You can also grow cucumbers. Put a trellis in so the vines can climb up. It makes it easier to harvest the fruit also.

We once grew tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers on the patio of an apartment.
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