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3/7/12 6:47 P

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HI! I am fairly new to gardening, but I will be trying a variety of gardens this year, meaning I will have some containers, some raised beds, possibly some square foot. I have a small lot in the house I rent from my uncle, with 2 garden patches, and old flower bed I converted last year for tomatoes and jalapenos, and I got an old kiddie pool and koi pond form that I plan to bury at least partway and fill with dirt (After digging drainage holes) to contain some plants. I am also going to try a couple of home-made upside-down tomato planters. I do have a question. How far apart do I need to plant differing varieties of tomatoes?

Kate

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Hello everyone.
We plant our entire veggie garden in containers. This year we used a dolly to move the pots and rearrange rows. You can't up and do that with an in ground garden. LOL

We get our big black pots for free from a landscaper.
He is thrilled that he doesn't have to take them to the dump after they have planted the trees.

They already have drainage holes in them. But I like to cover the holes with weed block cloth to prevent the soil from washing out and keep critters from crawling in.

We have several varieties of tomatoes, onions, scallions, cucumbers & Spaghetti squash vines, Malabar Spinach Vine, bush & vine beans, summer squash, Horse Radish, asparagus, artichoke ( 1st time ) and many different herbs.

The entire garden is enclosed in a 'cage' of poultry wire and wooden posts with plastic netting over head.
Deer, rabbits, ground hogs, birds, dogs, cats, kids, my peacock, the rooster and his hens cannot get in. emoticon

Now if only my tomatoes would begin to turn red!

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Hi June, I got it at a local gardeners front yard stand.
Next year, i'm going to buy all the different seeds and pots, pot them up and give them as gifts. A gift that keeps on giving ! ! ! LOL
Sounds like you ad a wonderful and busy weekend.
Good Luck with your therapy today. Ouch is Right ! ! !

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Good Morning! Where did you get the lettuce thing? I just got up, had quite a whirl wind week end. My daughter Lori and I went to Omaha, left Friday morning, we were invited to a Bat Mitzvah, if you aren't familiar, that is a Jewish celebration for a young Jewish girl, Madelin is twelve years old, she is a Great Niece of mine. We got in to Omaha, checked in the hotel, had our meal and on to our room. Saturday morning there was a service at the Temple, very impressive, lasted for hour and a half and it was all about Madelin. Mostly in Hebrew, we could follow along, their prayer books offerer a translation in English. Following the service we were served a brunch, every where we ate there was a mountain of bagels and cream cheese, which suited old June just fine! We left the Temple about 1:00 and went shopping, my daughter is a professional shopper, hahahahahaha. I found some goodies myself. A new bed spread and shams, some shoes and a ring. We went back to the hotel to freshen up and then went to the evening event right at the hotel, a sit down dinner, open bar, dancing..........they had a table piled with chocolate candy bars with custom labels for everyone to help themserves, it was kind of a movie/hollywood theme, t shirts for everyone, rolled up with a real neat bow, black saying Welcome to Matty Wood. They had a huge ice cream bar. It was real cute, they had a picture booth where you had your picture taken, they printed out two copies, gave us one and the other copy went into a memory book for Madeline and we could write a message to her. The kids danced like crazy, they did that traditional dance, put Madelin in a chair and hoisted her up in the air and passed her around, it went on forever. I just kept drinking wine, hahahahaha We turned in about 10:00. Next morning, you got it right, invited to another brunch! We were already checked out, so we munched and visited and said our good byes, headed for home. We got to my daughters house about 8:00, my husband was waiting for me, we drove about a thousand miles. I still can't drive since my shoulder replacement. I start therapy tomorrow, ouch. I am begining to come alive, can't wait to check on my garden. It has only been a bit over two weeks since my surgery, don't have my energy back yet. Hope you raise lots of lettuce. Love, June

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I bought a Planter Bowl full of different kinds of lettuce...
What a great idea and I didn't have to buy all those packages of seeds.
There are some lettuce I've never seen before...Just cut and eat...It just continues to produce and it's on my porch ! ! !
Price 4.00. Love It ! ! !

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6/4/11 6:28 A

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I was walking through the garden ...checking to see if I needed to water. Dh had so empty pots at the back. Some have dirt in the and some don't. I noticed one was full of moss roses. These had never been in that pot before. Only thing I can think of is that the pot must have had dirt from a pot that once had moss roses in it. We haven't had rain in a couple of weeks so they certainly don't need watering to sprout and grow!



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6/3/11 8:19 P

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I am growing 3 tomato plants in containers this year. We moved to apartment in January. I raised tomatoes in containers last two years. I have my rosemary plant from last year very big.

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Can you move them into a garage or shed?

Here is what I found:

Don't cut any spears until the third year after planting. It's important for asparagus to develop a large, healthy root system the first few years. Begin by cutting for only a few weeks in May and early June. Then gradually increase harvest time to six weeks.

Cut spears when they grow about 6 to 8 inches tall; their tips should still be tight. Take only thicker spears; spindly ones should be left alone. Snap asparagus off at the soil line, or use a sharp knife to slice through the spear at an angle an inch or two below the soil surface. Be careful not to damage spears not yet emerged from the soil.

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4/27/11 6:26 P

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Do you know what I have to do with them in the winter? I am a bit nervous as last year I lost some which were planted in the beds - we had a very cold winter - and in a bucket they will be even more vulnerable. Perhaps some bubble wrap and fleece?

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I am sure your container asparagus will work out great. Oldtimers used to plant them in tires to keep them "contained" ... The nice thing about asparagus is that it is a perennial so always put it in an area where it will be able to come back each year. Our raised beds are worked and turned so the previous plants aren't able to come back.



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I just planted a couple of asparagus crowns into containers. I ordered too many for my raised bed and thought I'd see if the extra two worked in a bucket in which I punched holes. They have already produced a spear each. I know I have to leave them this year but perhaps next year they will produce a decent crop. I shall have to feed them though as I think aspragus are quite greedy.

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Wow I am learning so much, thank you so much! Blueberries in containers . . . who knew? And all the other ones, too.

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4/12/11 8:53 A

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If you are container gardening you may want to try my container for strawberries.
Take a hole saw1 1/2" or 2" cut a row of holes around the barrel 1 foot down from the top 1 foot between holes. Then drop down 1 foot cut another row, center these between the first holes. continue to drop and cut holes until you are less than 1 foot from the bottom. Then take 3" pvc pipe, cap the bottom. Drill 3/8" holes 2" apart drop 10" and repeat. Wrap with an old terry cloth towel hold with rubber bands, place in the center of the barrel place 6" gravel in the bottom then fill the barrel with soil. . place a strawberry plant in each hole set on blocks to allow bottom row room to hang. then a row around the top of the barrel, add water through pvc pipe. Towel will wick water from the bottom bach to the top of the barrel the gravel will provide drainage for the barrel and water storage. Plant food may also be added through the pipe. this will let you plant a good number of berries in a 3 foot area. May adapt well for other plants
Also drill 3. 1" drain holes 1" down from top of the gravel.

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I use containers for mint and herbs. Contain is what they do best.



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4/10/11 8:37 A

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Yes, it will be good for all of us, thanks on your comment concerning blueberries. Missnuggy

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We bought several blueberry plants last year. One from Sam's Club and 2-3 from a mail order. None of them lasted thru the summer. From what I understand you don't get fruit the first year. I would suggest trying Lowe's or someplace that will give you a refund if they don't survive.

We do lots of container gardening. We have done tomatoes, bell peppers, Jalapenos, pickling cucumbers, lettuce. Even tried zucchini but it grew too big and we only got 1 zucchini. We used to have really good luck with zucchini years ago but yellow squash does better now. (not container gardening)

This is a great topic!
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Oh and blueberries LOVE acid soil...Like saw dust, mulched leaves etc...around their base.

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Thanks for the tip! Missnuggy (Been thinking about planting some blueberries)

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Great idea for the blueberries...Just make sure you get some kind that stays small. I have regular blueberry bushes and they are over 8-10 ft tall. I have to trim them down so I can reach them...Mine are in the ground.
If you put raspberries or blueberries in pots, make sure you leave them outside thru the winter with bales of hay around them as they are not getting the ground warmth if above ground. I'm not sure if leaving them in a garage or outbuilding will be ok.
Also, blueberries need 2 different varieties to cross polinate. There are some very new ones that don't need 2 varieties. Read the labels to make sure.
OK now that y'all got me havin' Spring Fever...I'll go wash a floor ! ! ! To cold here for planting....

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i like the blueberry idea! i have tried planting raspberry bushes and never have had luck in the ground. thanks!

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Blue berry bushes are one of the best for container garden 2 good bushes will provide a lot of berries for fresh eating and putting up.



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My main plant is usually tomatoes but I've also, tried brusselsprouts, cabbages, broccoli, pole beans with a "teepee" frame structure so it vines up it...You can also do pickles or peas on the frame. Try anything that growns tall and have fun trying new things...

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I am a newbie gardener and container gardener but am so excited if you all would please share details of what works for you! All I have to share are links I saved into a folder to read later . . . but will be glad to share those tonight when I'm back online if anyone is interested. I like the idea of radishes etc around the main plant . . . what do you put in the middle for the main plant?

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Missnuggy,
Would you share your recipe for Spiced Tomato Preserves? I would love to try that this year.
I use 90% of my tomatoes making my grandma's "tomato ketchup" which is somewhere between regular can tomatoes an a salsa. I never can seem to make enough to keep all my family supplied, lol. But I would love to try something different.

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i still use garden but am going to plant lettuces and lil things in hanging planters in my house...all year long to save $ in produce :)

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I use 55 gallon drums, cut them in half, drill drainage holes about two inches from the bottom. I now have six containers. I have one smaller one that was for watering animals and yet another smaller one than that that was a flower pot. That should offer me enough to grow all the tomatoes I will need. I can in pints and quarts and this year I am making juice. lol Missnuggy

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Does anybody have a book they'd suggest about container gardening?

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I have just planted some potatoes into containers. They are left over from last year so I did not want to put them into the bed with the rest of the potatoes in case they had some disease. It will be interesting to see how they go.

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Hi I plant radishes, lettuce etc, around the main plant in the containers. Their shade helps keep the soil moist and weed free. The bonus is more space for free food....
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I used to be a very serious gardener. Last year I started container gardening and reaped a big crop of tomatoes. I canned Spiced Tomato Preserves and just plain tomatoes. I am about running out of my stash so I will be increasing my containers this year, as we speak. I will also can juice this year, it is so delicious compared to bought commercial juice, they must thicken it with with flour!!! For my early crop I have radishes, turnips, kohlrabi and lettuce, by the time I have harvested the above it will be time to plant my tomato crop. Then again in fall I will repeat. lol Missnuggy

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