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I have all new containers and new seeds so not sure what is going on with my plants or the ones that start then quit

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-Cathy I liked what you said, but I did that New planting boxes and all new bags of dirt. So I don't know I even started the seeds indoors (nothing) and then restarted out side they started strong then poof! So sad emoticon Thanks

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Most seeds are usually good for at least a couple of years, some for lots longer than that. It may be a good idea to try new soil in the containers next year, since bacteria and other things can build up over time. When I do that, I just put the old soil in my compost bin to mix with the organic matter, or else spread it in my beds.

This year I started over in my containers with all new soil. Things seemed to grow well, but of course I was battling the squirrels and chipmunks - we have lots here - as they found the containers were the perfect places to store their seeds! So I was constantly having to put the plants they dug up back in the soil. Finally gave up on most of them except for the 4 large containers that I planted sweet potatoes in and the deck planters with the petunias and salvia for the hummingbirds. I then transplanted the flowers in the rest of the containers into the flower beds.
I've put rocks in the planters to keep the squirrels and chipmunks from digging, and that usually worked fine, but wasn't able to do that this year. For next year I will definitely be doing that again.

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I am beginning to think that it is the seeds that are bad and maybe the soil too. I too am having problems with growing the seeds and some of them are organic too. As for the seeds that are old you can try to grow them in between paper towels and see if they grow. I saw that on Growing a greener world

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TAISIAKAT I know what you mean I tried all containers this year. I used all brand new potting mix I think it was Miracle Grown, also new potting (storage) boxes (we put wholes in the bottom to drain), but I got nothing I used some older seeds, but a lot were brand new, and some were even Organic. Some started out pretty hardy, but then did nothing and others only grew a couple inches, but that took all Summer. We spent a lot to do this and the only thing that grew was my Tomatoes I don't know what to do. Do you plant or have you planted for Winter? I hope you luck emoticon

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This year my container garden did not do as well as I would like it to. No matter what I could not get most of the plants to germinate. In fact I was extremely disappointed, most of my herbs which I have never had issues didn't want to come up.

Couple questions - can seeds be carried over from year to year? I do the refreshing of the pots each year, clean them out, mix in 1/2 compost to the previous year (I have this huge bins filled with the potting soil that I keep mixing up. I added my shells, my coffee grounds, but it has been pathetic.

The only three things that really thrived - spider plants, my sucullants (SO many children) and my mini roma tomato plants

I already have to be conservative for water.

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My blueberries and blackberries are growing and did get some blueberries before the animals got the rest(got 2 berries) and they got the rest about 6 of them but this is the first year that I planted them and did not expect to get any. Did not get any blackberries but the bush is growing like crazy. My strawberry plants are growing but no berries on them and hopefully will have some next year.

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I experimented with the container gardening this year...the green peppers in the ground are about a foot high, while the ones in the containers are over 2 feet and full of blossoms!!! Same is true with my tomato plants..
It's exciting to see everything growing so well...I'll have to collect more buckets during the winter so that all tomato and peppers will be in containers!!

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I planted 4 sweet potato plants in large planters this year. They are doing great, the vines are already down to the ground and spreading and they are quite attractive and decorative. Hopefully they will do as well or better than last year, since I planted them in the center of the planter instead of near the side. Last year I had one sweet potato that grew all the way to the bottom, probably a foot and a half in length, and I got plenty of large sweet potatoes from each plant.
Definitely something I am going to do every year. The japanese beetles are after the leaves on these, but the damage is only cosmetic and we are checking the plants frequently and destroying any beetles we find.

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You can finish ripen them on the counter and do not put them in the fridge or that process will stop.

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my supposedly grape tomatoes (they are 3 - 4X too big) are starting to ripen. They trend to drop off the plants before they are completely ripe so I have them finishing off the plants. I guess I will soon be seeing how they taste. They may be to big to eat as snacks. I guess we will see.

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Changed some settings. (can you tell I don't know what I'm doing?).

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YESICON2 - your spark page appears to be set to private, so unless you friend someone first, they can't visit your page and see your photos.

Any team member can post their photos on the team photos board. We'd love to see your gardens. It's located on the right side of the team home page across from the message boards.

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YESICON2, Thank you for the information about the potato bag. For some reason, I too cannot get onto your Spark Page to see your photos.

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Sound great I will check out the pictures, and I would like to try it So you just sewed a bag, put soil in it, the seed potatoes and it just stays standing? emoticon Thank you Sorry, but I can't get to your SP page?

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SNOWYOGA: I came across some info on Pintrist and goggled potatoes in a bag. I ordered some seed potatoes on line and found a youtube on making the bags. You can use burlap bags or even garbage bags, but I like to sew. I've posted some photos on my Spark page.

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Like to know about the potatoes too.

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YESICON2, You said potatoes in a bag Can you please tell me what you do and how Thank you for any help I am having a lot of luck, I am starting planting in pots and boxes and they are going like made! Thanks again for any help emoticon

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Try Diatomaceous Earth. It is natural and will not harm any person or animal but it will kill bugs.

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Haven't been on this site for a long time, but want to get back in the swing of things. I'm here in central FL and decided to grow potatoes in a bag. Did some research and bought a roll of weed guard, made some bags and bought some dirt. My potatoes are really taking off, however, I noticed that something is eating the leaves. Any suggestions on what to put on them?

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Sounds like your tomatoes are doing good. But 25 years ( herb plants ) That is amazing and great job to you! Were I live, I don't have much luck with them coming back year after year emoticon

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I got a late start this year because of a late cold spell we were having. I have 6 potted grape type tomatoes. Five in bloom and one that was a tiny freebie seeding, on the edge of one of the started seedlings root plug, that I planted anyway that will not flower until the second flowering for the others, but it is growing so a few more in the fall will be a good thing. I still have numerous herb plants including some from plant stock planted more than 25 years ago.



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Most veggies can be grown in containers. Even corn, though you'd need a larger container for corn than you would for radishes (if you scroll down to the entries for March of this year, I did share some information I found regarding what size containers you need for different veggies and how many each can support). If you have lots of rain, the container grown plants are less likely to suffer, since they can drain. And if it is a dry year, they also do well since you are just watering the soil in the containers, and don't have to worry about the surrounding ground pulling it all away like a sponge.
Good luck with your containers this year. Keep us posted on what you grow and how everything does.

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I heard that about the egg shells, but I did plant mine in pots the last 2 years and they did pretty good I have a problem with weeds, and having to get down (knee trouble), But this year i'm going to try other veggies I saw this on t,v, I think it might of been PBS It was for people that lived in apartments(New York) or others that only had really small yards I hope it goes good!

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Depending on the variety, tomatoes can be pretty top heavy and in danger of tipping over, especially if it is windy. Not sure if it would help, but it seems that fastening the containers together would help them be more stable - easier to tip over one container than for the wind to knock over 6 that are all tied together. Tarp straps, ratchet straps, rope, or duct tape may work.

Tomatoes are also heavy feeders and prone to calcium deficiency. Good to top dress the containers frequently with additional compost and crushed egg shells. And I usually save the water that I boil eggs in, along with the shells, and use that to water my plants. Especially helpful since there are lots of minerals from the shells dissolved in the water. Doesn't hurt to leave the shells in the water to sit and continue to leach out more calcium until you are ready to use it. It may stink after awhile, so best to store it outside. And you can always add more water over the shells, add more shells to it, and even add a bit of vinegar to help dissolve the minerals in the shells and make them more readily available to the plants.

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I'm trying container gardening this year...I planted half my tomatoes in the ground and the other half in containers to see how they do...I got buckets from Lowes and Home Depot..used a mixture of gardening soil, compost and peat moss..and I'm uing fish fertilizer...
I planted swiss chard,lettuce, green peppers and beans in the containers...I'm anxious to see how they do..
My son turned me onto "The Rusty Gardener" on You Tube...he has a lot of great advice..
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Sounds great too and you can keep the tires for other times too to use again.

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That sounds really neat too! Thanks

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My Father-in-Law used to grow potatoes in old tires on the farm. You put the first tire on top of the soil in the plot or wherever you choose to grow these, add some compost/manure/chopped leaves and a bit of dirt, and then put the potato on top covered with a bit of soil. As the plant grows, you just put another tire on top of the first one and add more organic matter (can use straw, manure - not fresh of course, leaves, soil, or a mixture of them). You may end up with a stack 3 or 4 tires tall. Water from the top and make sure you use enough to get all the way to the bottom of your stack. When the plants die back, you just pull off the tires and it's easy to harvest the potatoes. Then you can spread the organic matter in the plot and dig it in.

I'm sure you can use other types of containers as well, just cut the bottoms out for the additional layers.

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I did a grow box that is almost like the self watering planters but you can do what you just said with the storage box just make sure that you do put small holes in so that the water does not sit in it and that will rot the potatoes make sure that it is deep enough for the potatoes since they do grow down. get good soil and not top soil because that does not have an nutrients in them since it was stripped from the soil.

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Hi emoticon I hope it's ok to just but in, but are you all saying that you planted potatoes in the large storage box's? If this is right, did you drill holes in the bottom for drainage? and then would you use the lid on the bottom to catch and hold the extra water? Again sorry if this is asking to much, but because of not such good soil and knees I am trying something different and a little easier I hope emoticon

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They are the cheaper sterlite one and not rubbermaids plus they do try to get rid of the old ones at the end of the summer because they know that it will not be sold so that do go allot cheaper too.

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Thank you Dorothy for telling about Wal Marts containers. I am also going to the Dollar Tree to see their containers.

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I grew sweet potatoes but they were small but this year I am getting organic ones and growing them. I will be putting them in a container too. I have my strawberry bush that came up the the others did not. I also got my blueberries and blackberries in a plastic container that I get at walmart. They have the cheapest ones that you can mess up.

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I'm getting my large planters ready to plant sweet potatoes in again this year. One plant per pot, but this time I'm planting them in the center instead of towards the edge. Last year I had a couple of sweet potatoes that grew all the way down to the bottom, probably 1.5 feet long! They make very attractive plants, with dark green leaves tinged with dark red at the edges and the vines growing over 10 feet long in all directions!

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I am new to this team, just joined. Because my three neighborhoods use chem lawn, I refuse to put my veggies into my soil. This force me to do container gardening. I use big pots and also have done raised beds that I first put down plastic, stones, straw, stones, straw then soil. Old big pots, dish pans, plastic shoe boxes, etc. I use to plant my veggies. I place them all over and weed control is great.

By the way it is P Allen's website. I watch him all the time.

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There is a show on PBS that is called Growing a greener world and they do have a website too so you might want to check it out because I think one of the shows had that in it or it could be P Allen home garden show and he does have a website too.

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a very dear friend of mine was the most ingenous gardener I have ever know and she had just about any vining vegetable from mini pumpkins to cucumbers trailing up onto her chicken fencing

I will look to see if I have any photos of her garden

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Does anyone here have any experience with using a cage or trellis to train the veggies upward instead of down and around the container. Last year a friends dog was bitten by a copperhead snake while nosing through the vines around the squash and cucumber pots. I want to avoid that again.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I had not thought of many of them.

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Many herbs do well in part shade, as do cool weather vegetables if you want to try and grow them when the weather gets warmer (shading from the hot mid-day sun can help to prevent bitterness and bolting).
Lettuces (many different leaf colors and textures make these decorative as well), potatoes (make sure the pot is big enough, and probably only one potato plant per container, with lettuce or beans around them to fill in the pot - and just turn over the planter in the fall to harvest the potatoes), maybe spinach or chard may be some to try.
Be sure to add plenty of compost to the soil as some can be heavy feeders. The advantage is it is easier to customize soil PH and other conditions for each plant's particular preferences, and if the weather is dry, the water stays in the pot instead of being pulled away by neighboring dry ground (though you do have to water more often). Weeding is also easier.
6" pot holds 6 radishes, 1 escarole plant, or 1 dwarf tomato
8" pot has enough room for 1 lettuce, bush bean, kale, or spinach plant
10" pot can support 1 bush cucumber or pepper, 8 bulb onions or beet plants, or 12 carrots or green onions
12" post is big enough for 1 regular tomato plant, 1 head of cabbage, 15 long rooted carrots, or 9 bush pea plants
12" square box (8" deep) holds 25 beet plants, 4 - 9 lettuce plants, or 9 - 12 bush bean plants
1' x 1' x 1' box can hold 1 broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, melon, or summer squash plant.
I also had great success growing sweet potatoes in my large planters (1 plant per container). The leaves are quite decorative, they trail all over the place, and you can try and plant other flowers in the planter as well, though I usually found that about mid-summer the sweet potatoes had taken over the planters. I ended up with some sweet potatoes that were over a foot long, stretching all the way to the bottom of the planter. Easy to harvest as well. Again, make sure you include plenty of compost, and you can always top dress the planters during the season with more compost.


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I have to plan some container gardens for the senior center for their front porch and need some ideas. they want some vegetables mainly and in some places it only gets partly shade.

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As an update to my former post, I put some shallot sets in a large pot on the patio a while back and following the last snow day which melted off quite quickly I noticed they were coming up. I now have a pot full of shallots coming up nicely. Spring is on its way!

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It's good to be a part of this team. I'm not an avid container gardener but I do use a few container plantings on the patio. The main garden is raised beds out back but on the patio I had planted this past year a great pot with three kinds of basil and oregano around the edges. In another container I had a patio cherry tomato and one last container some butter crunch lettuce.

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Hi All,
I found a site called agardenpatch.com that has some good information on container gardening and what to grow. I have used it to get some general info. Hope it is helpful to some emoticon



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I just pulled out my dead tomatoes, but I'm still getting green/red peppers and green beans; Any tips on what to plant in Florida this time of year?

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They are edible, not poisonous, however they don't taste like regular sweet potatoes, so I wouldn't eat them myself. I might add them to my dog's food, like I do with regular sweet potatoes or other veggies, to add some additional antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fiber that aren't found in meat. Not a lot, of course, just a teaspoon to a tablespoon.

But since the regular sweet potato vine is just as decorative as the ornamental ones, I'm sticking to using that in my large planters. Going to plant it in the center of the pot next year instead of the side, so the sweet potatoes have more room to spread.

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Am glad you were able to get some nice sweet potatoes. They are definitely good this time of the year. I didn't know that the potatoes on the ornamental ones were edible.

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I emptied one of the planters and was pleased with the results. Had many large sweet potatoes. Also lots of ones that were long and thinner, maybe they didn't have enough room to fill out or maybe they would have if we just had a longer season for them to grow. All told, I ended up with 8 to 10 pounds of usable sweet potatoes from that first planter. Will be interesting to see how well the others did too.

The vines also were gorgeous, though the other flowers I planted in there didn't do as well - they needed more of a head start to get larger as the vines kind of covered them. Will definitely do this again. Better than the ornamental sweet potato vines that are usually used as you can actually eat the tubers (the tubers of the ornamental ones ARE edible, but they aren't as tasty as the garden ones). The vines are very attractive, with a deep green color with a touch of red.

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The sweet potato plants that I grew in my large planters are flourishing. I can't wait until they die back to see how well they have done.

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My long day blooming tomatoes are done for the season and my shorter day plants are coming in. I have some with green tomatoes and some that are just starting to get ready to bloom again for their second crop of the year. I like having several varieties that bloom at different day lengths.

My broccoli should be starting to produce it's fall heads in another in another month or so. I am trying to get some broccoli seedlings started since a lot of mine is second year stock.

Fresh herbs are nice for cooking, but you should have plenty of dried or frozen herbs on supply when the fresh herbs are less actively growing. Little bags of dried herbs are also handy to add in as small packets tucked into gifts you are giving.

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My rosemary and thyme have taken over and I can't cut it fast enough.

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My Roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are doing well. My big tomatoes on the other hand are not doing well at all. I researched tomato problems yesterday and I think it is blossom rot. Do any of you have any suggestions for how to stop this.
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My 5 grape tomatoes are producing heavily right now. The 4 dwarf minis produced very early in the season so they will be producing again late in the season

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Am getting some banana peppers and some jalapeņo peppers coming off. They make some good salsa.

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Hi I just love my bell peppers. They are the easiest to grow, so I grow them in large flower pots. I generally have them all year long because I can bring the pots inside during the winter. Same with some of my tomatoes, radishes and other smaller veggies.
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I am loving my raised bed garden. It is almost counter height. I live in Minnesota and we had an unusually cold wet spring this year so we had a late start. I almost have my first pepper! I've has a couple of fresh kale salads. So exciting. I am growing herbs in pots and just read something yesterday about drying the herbs in the microwave to crumble and save. Has anyone done this? I've never grown herbs before so don't know much about them.
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The plants that I put in containers at the beginning of spring are doing great, I put in some squash, peppers, a Carolina Sweet Shrub, a patio butterfly bush, and a weigela. Have picked some squash already and they were good.

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Hi, new to the team. I live in zone 9 in Florida and have no problem with growing my veggies. I also use containers and raised beds, I find it helpful to put out feed for the wild life far away from the house so they won't bother my veggies and so far have had no problems. I was born and raised in Florida, My Grandmother was raised on a farm in WV and so was my Dad and his brother's. I have an Uncle in Georgia that is 71 years old and still farms. It's a lot smaller now. Try going on line and researching your area's soil and drainage. My biggest problem is all the new homes that keep going up and when they bring in this new mulch, I get these odd grasshoppers and you really have to be vigilant, it seems nothing deters them. I hand pick smash and mix the bug juice with a little soap and water. Good Luck! I'm sure you will find some great advice here.

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In order to try and outsmart the mice, I planted one sweet potato plant in each of my 4 large planters at home, then scattered them throughout the garden plot beds. Hopefully the mice won't find all my sweet potatoes since they aren't planted in the same place, or else maybe I've planted enough so that even if they do find them all, they won't be able to eat them all.

The plants in the flower pots were small and didn't grow very quickly at first. But now they are taking over half the pot, vines cascading down the sides, very luscious and full and attractive. I can't wait to see how many sweet potatoes I get from each. When I planted a couple of decorative sweet potato plants in each pot before, the potatoes curled around each other and were quite difficult to separate. I'm hoping that by limiting it to one plant per pot I can avoid that.

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This year I had to switch to all container gardening except for a few blueberry bushes and my fruit trees. We moved to a house where most of the entire back yard is a leach field for our septic system. We built a couple of raised beds on the periphery and bought a bunch of huge pots. I put a couple feet of yard clippings in the bottom of the containers and topped them off with a great gardening soil mix.

I have green peppers and carrots in the containers right now and tomatoes and onions in the raised beds. We've had tons of tomatoes so far but I live in Florida, so gardening season is almost over until fall.

I got four peaches from my new tree but nothing from the orange, mango or avocado trees. We had bananas last year, but no sign of any so far this year. I really enjoyed grabbing a hand full of blueberries each day when surveying my gardens earlier this year.

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I used to garden 1/4 acre as I moved to Maine I was slowly reduced to container gardening due a recent move to Florida and limitations of growing in Zone 9 - very tough to keep veggies going so I am reduced to growing herbs and flowers (orchids love it here)

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Just don't let your mint go to seed or it will escape the container anyway! Our lemon mint has spread all over our property!

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I was thinking of using container gardening to keep some of the more invasive plants like mint and horseradish. Any rules on the container size or how close it is to other plants?

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