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Cricket 04-08-2014 06:30 PM

Do You Do Any Container Gardening?
Do you do any container gardening? Have you had success with it?

I desperately miss living in the country so this spring I am bringing the country to my balcony and growing a few vegetables.

The light you see on the nearest plant is from a UV light I have pointed at it because it is expecting babies soon!

There are currently 6 planters in the back row, 6 planters in the front row, and 5 planters hanging.

(There is 2x12 board on a couple of concrete blocks creating a shelf for the back row to help keep the plants in light.)

Blondesense 04-08-2014 08:20 PM

I tried container gardening for the first time last summer. Having no gardening experience at all it was pretty much a dismal failure.
I set it up on my second floor deck figuring the deer and rabbits couldn't get at it there, but the trees filled in more than I anticipated and ended up with not enough sunlight.
The only success was a few cucumbers.

BigJim 04-08-2014 09:26 PM

We plan to set out a few plants in containers this year. We have sage in a container inside now and planted a few seeds of sage, 5 of them are up pretty good so far. We have a full spice bottle of the sage from the older one we have set out already. We love the home grown sage in chicken dressing. Judy makes the best dressing I ever ate. Man I am drooling now. LOL

Planted some pepper seeds last year and out of all of them only one made it. It has been in the same planter inside since last year and is loaded with peppers right now.

We want to plant some maters and more spices.

gma2rjc 04-08-2014 10:19 PM

I haven't had much luck with container gardening in the past. Last year I built 2 raised garden beds though. One of them is full of strawberry plants - 1/2 wild strawberries and 1/2 store bought plants. I'm anxious to see if they survived the colder than usual temps we had this winter.

Your container garden looks great Cricket.

Cricket 04-08-2014 11:36 PM

I am blown away by how relaxing it is for me to care for them, one by one.

I am loving this.

Seattle2k 04-09-2014 01:02 AM

We grew some cucumbers in a large container last year. Containers require lots of fertilizer, as a lot of it gets washed out the drainage holes. A quality organic compost will help lots.

Cricket 04-10-2014 05:40 PM

I found some Ghost Pepper plants last weekend that I added.

BigJim 04-10-2014 06:27 PM


Originally Posted by Cricket (Post 1335272)
I found some Ghost Pepper plants last weekend that I added.

:eek: My stars, are you going to eat them? That is some BAAAAAAD stuff. I have eaten the Habanero and they were just a little too warm for me, I can not imagine a Ghost Pepper. I do not like the taste of the Habanero though.

We do smoke some Jalapenos stuffed with hot sausage and cream cheese and wrapped with a slice of bacon. Good stuff.

I tried one of the Cayenne peppers we have grown now, that first one lit my lamp. I love fresh pepper with good homemade spaghetti and Judy makes some of the best.

Cricket 04-10-2014 07:51 PM

I love spicy stuff but these might be a bit too hot for me. We will find out! LOL

Cricket 04-14-2014 06:56 PM

I'm starting to see results. This is a baby green pepper starting to show up.

BigJim 04-14-2014 09:10 PM

We just got 4 more peppers off our plant that is in the living room window, talk about hot, for a cayenne these are hoooooot. I wouldn't have the courage to try a Ghost Pepper, I can't imaging a pepper hotter than a Habanero. At times I can handle very hot foods, other times I can't, kinda weird.

Thanks for the photo, it is a very healthy looking plant.

Two Knots 04-15-2014 12:43 PM

We grow al our herbs in big pots up on our deck. Parsley, sage,
Rosemary, thyme and sage. We use big containers as they hold the moisture
better than small pots.
Plus, it's easier to go out and pick what I want all season.

SeniorSitizen 04-15-2014 01:11 PM

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If anyone has a desire for the old wood look and are into recycling and has the DIY urge, old western red cedar fence lumber and a 5 gallon bucket ( in this instance ) makes a container some may like.

Most any size can be on the menu from a gallon to 30 gallon if desired. The soil never touches the wood except possibly where the staples penetrate and the copper wire and DIY copper staples will last our lifetimes.

curtd 04-26-2014 02:08 PM

With container gardening, our luck is only with cherry tomatoes. We add support so they grow vertically.

starwolf 05-13-2014 02:23 PM

If you live in Texas water is expensive out there. Container gardening is indeed fun and good for old folks like me, but they need a lot of water. Mulching will help save moisture and saving the water you run while tempering a shower helps too. A rain barrel is good but it never rained much in the part of Texas where I lived. Good luck.

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