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Old 05-09-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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Is anyone doing any container gardening this year?

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Old 05-15-2016, 08:56 PM   #2
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yeah, we are, a little.

1x2' planter with basil. 7 in that one.
and a 12" round with 1 cherry tomato plant. i told the wife to put this in the garden, be she insisted.

and. i have 2 4' arborvitae in 2'ish planters. i can't plant them where i want them = on the patio.
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I picked up a cute, rusty, wheel barrow yesterday--and a couple of tomato plants-

That will be my gardening for this season!
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I have my tomato plants and hope to set a couple of 12' 2x12s about 5' apart with removable ends. At 5' I can get my tractor in there to flip and mix the soil. Using a large planter box will allow me to fence it in and provide some depth for good soil. My yard has clay under 3" of soil.

The tomatoes will get set somewhere if the box doesn't get built, but I have high hopes. Once the box is built then it will be easier to increase what I grow.

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a few pics. thats our garden way in the back.
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In the past I've tried container gardening and it just hasn't worked out. Flowers look wonderful until some time in July and then kind of fizzle out.

My friends' husband has great success growing tomatoes in a 5-gallon bucket.
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I have a single Roma tomato plant in an 18" container with 5' or 6' high cage embedded in the container. That should be stable enough.

I had an unfortunate experience (when I lived in sunny, hot VA) where I planted a regular tomato plant in a 16" container. It grew to the top of the container and then down to the ground. If I did not saturate the soil every morning, I could expect everything to be laying horizontally on the ground when I came home from work if there was a wind. - It didn't take much of a breeze to do that.

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I'm growing some cucumbers in a pot, but it's out in the garden where it will get sunshine most of the day. The pot came with a cage and the plants were about 3" tall in it, so we'll see how it does.
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I think one of the difficulties with containers is the plant may need more nutrients than the limited soil contains. A roll around 3' planter a friend gave us came with instructions for premixing the soil at the bottom with a small amount of 5-10-5 (?). It also has a false bottom and a vent pipe to that area. The one year we did tomatoes they still seemed to be limited. Been a couple of years since we used it but planning on another try this year.

Just turned over a 6 x 10 area near my 12 tomato plants (used my backhoe to get deeper) and will plant some peas. I'll open up another spot to put in the rest of the peas and a couple of rows of beans. The 12 tomato plants are looking great.

I have the wood to build boxes but running out of time this season so will plant at grade level and locate the boxes over these areas next year.

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