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Cinnamon is also supposed to be a great way to prevent fungus in your soil.

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MAMACHAE74 - I'm not sure what may be going on. Damping off is a tough one as it is a soil born fungus. You have to make sure you are using fresh soil as well as thoroughly cleaning the pots (use a bit of bleach in the water and really scour them). You may also want to sterilize the soil you are using, which can be done in the oven by heating the soil mix in a 200F oven until the soil reaches 180-200F and continue for 30 minutes.
One article I read suggested using copper to drench the soil or on seedlings, though it can slow down the growth of very delicate plants. Homemade solutions using chamomile tea or garlic can sometimes help.

Below are some links to some of the articles I found on Damping off:

www.thompson-morgan.com/damping-off
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damping_off
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I love containers! I've got some annuals and wild flowers in a few, then I'm also doing basil, thyme, rosemary and cilantro. Last year, I even dug up my pepper plants from my garden and kept them in containers under a light in my bathroom (warmest room in the house). They just went into the garden last Saturday. But, I'm most excited to do pumpkins this year. I've got a big 10 gallon nursery pot I've decorated and I'm doing the sugar pie type, since they're smaller. Wish me luck!

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Hi, I have tried to start a garden on my patio (I live in an apartment) and I cannot get past the sprouting stage and then there is death. I have gotten discouraged, I have applied all of the techniques my friend has told me and have not been successful. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am trying to grow green onions, basil, rosemary, cucumber, tomato, chard, lettuce, onions and bell peppers. This year I didn't try because I haven't been successful in the past. any advice will be accepted:)

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I tried the potatoes in tires last year, although I got much too late of a start on it so I didn't get a very big stack or harvest with them, but it was a lot easier to do and also takes up very little space. I will be doing it again this year, but hopefully will have my tires ready ahead of time this year instead of scrounging for them at the last minute.

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I didn't know that about needing a breeze to get strong stems. Thank you!

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Great idea! My Father-in-law used to grow potatoes inside of old tires. You put compost in the first tire and plant them, then as they grow, you just keep adding more tires and straw or chopped up leaves or mulch, or even some dirt. Then at the end of the season, you just take off the tires and it's easy to harvest the potatoes. No digging, no weeding. Spread the mulch over your garden, stack the tires out of the way, and then do it again next year over a different part of the garden.

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I've been watching for cattle troughs. I would love to get my hands on a couple of them to use as raised beds/container gardens. :)

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We had especially good luck with patio tomatoes this summer but our containers are the very large sweet-feed tubs used for cattle. A neighbor gave us about a dozen of them and they fit very well into odd spaces where a conventional bed wouldn't work.

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Most plants can be grown in containers. It just depends on how much room you have and how much light. Obviously the really tall ones aren't a good fit inside. Herbs often don't require as much light and can do very well inside. Lettuce should do well, probably most cool weather crops, since they do best in the cooler Spring and Fall weather when the sun isn't so strong and there is less daylight hours.
My friend brought his hot pepper plant in for the Winter, and it did well inside as well. For plants that need to be pollinated, you'll have to do that by hand, using a soft paint brush to go over the blooms (I'd use one for each type of plant, and keep them in a bag between uses instead of cleaning them).
A slight breeze will help make the stems stronger, either putting an oscillating fan on them for a short while each day set on low, or brushing your hands gently over the tops of the plant daily will help (or use a hand held fan instead of an electric one).

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Trying an indoor winter garden this year, so we will see how this goes. I cut into a tomato and found a bunch of sprouts so I planted them and have a bunch of little plants growing to go along with my herbs. I'm not sure what all I can plant in containers for the winter, but would like to try to grow whatever I can.

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Sweet potatoes grown in large planters this year - my results:
On the plus side:
1. they are much easier to harvest. You just have to empty out the dirt. And you know where they are since they can't go beyond the container. The ones in the ground formed tubers further away from the base of the plant, so I ended up having to dig up the entire area instead of just near the plant. Some were deeper too so they broke off.
2. unless you don't cover up any tubers you see poking out of the soil, you don't have to worry about rodents getting them. I didn't have that issue with the ones I grew in the ground at home, but the mice DID get some of the tubers on the ones I grew at the plots I rented from the park district. Luckily I spread them out all over the plots instead of growing them in one section. I did that one year and the mice just went down the rows, eating all the tubers from one plant to the next!
3. Tuber size - not sure if it was because the slips I planted in the pots were larger to begin with, planted earlier, or because the soil was looser, but they DID grow larger. Maybe a combination of all 3? But again, because they were in containers, I WAS able to plant them sooner, which is an advantage. Didn't have to wait for the wet soil to dry out from all the Spring rains before I could dig it up.

Disadvantages:
1. Watering - sweet potatoes prefer damp soil, so from July on I was watering them daily unless we got lots of rain (which we DIDN'T get this summer). I only needed to water the ones in the ground once or twice a week
2. Feeding - sweet potatoes can be heavy feeders, just like regular potatoes and tomatoes. Since the soil in the container only has so much available nutrients, it meant having to add compost to the top. Usually I will mix lots of chopped up leaves into the container soil in the Fall to continue to break down and provide nutrients so I don't have to feed them as much. There is limited room at the top of the container to add compost to.
3. Roots - the vines on the ground could form more roots to pull up water and nutrients. The ones in the pots can't until they actually grow down past the bottom of the containers, and since they were at the edge of my patio, most of the vines were on concrete, not soil. The vines in the garden went all over the place and formed lots of roots.

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1. Weeding - easy to weed in the containers and less bending over. Less weed seed in the soil to begin with, but the maple trees and cottonwood trees more than made up for it. For the ones in the garden, I did have to weed initially, but the vines formed such a dense mat that no weeds could grow for most of the season.


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Most of my indoor plants survive the winter, but since I'm not putting them under grow lights, they're pretty lethargic this time of year.

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Okay, so with the exception of one pepper (because I ran out of potting soil), everything has been transplanted again, but this time into final containers. My black cherry tomato is in a home-made Earthbox my father made for me and I'm really excited to see how well the plant produces.

Is anyone else here able to garden through the winter?

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That's great news Holly!

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So my plants didn't wilt from lack of water...whew. One of the tomatoes doubled in size in just a few days.
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Kicking myself in the arse because I forgot to water my transplants before leaving for work this morning and my daughter is on crutches and can't navigate the steps into the backyard. ARG!!
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I got two tomatoes and three peppers transplanted into larger containers and pulled all the old dead stuff from summer.
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Volunteer tomato plants can be a pain sometimes, but it is easy enough to pull them. And if you know what variety they are and want to grow them again, then by all means, replant some where you want them to grow! They will grow just fine.

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I'm thinking I'm going to have a real mess next year with the tomatoes. What to do? Toss all the dirt?? Or just let nature take it's course? Or, pull out the plants when they are small. Is it possible to replant them?

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we been getting allot of rain so that is what is helping with watering them

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Usually I put any seeds out for the squirrels before I put the rest of the scraps in the compost bin, but the squirrels and chipmunks don't seem to care for cantaloupe seeds, and obviously my bin didn't get hot enough to kill them. Had some volunteers growing under my pine tree where I put the seeds out for the squirrels too, but since it is dry and shady under there, they didn't do too well and ended up dying.

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That happens to me too. That is what the cantaloupe are. They grew on their own, did not plant them.

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I get a lot of volunteer lettuce, both in pots and around the yard. Ironically, if I plant seeds, nothing sprouts, mine all originated from purchased plants that got away from me.

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I had that happen but mine was cantaloupes and bugs got them emoticon

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I added compost to the soil in my pots to refresh it, and now have volunteer cantaloupes growing in them, as well as in the potato patch where I buried all the unfinished compost that was left after I sifted it. I try not to put any tomatoes in my compost bin, due to all the volunteer plants I would get (we take those back to the plots we rent from the park district and dump them in one of the unused plots - and the weeds there tend to choke them out). I usually get lots of volunteer sunflowers too (and the squirrels or chipmunks are always burying some of the seed in my pots so I'm constantly pulling them out of the railboxes and hanging baskets too, as well as the large containers). I also get lots of volunteer dill, though I haven't planted any myself in over 10 years!

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I potted ONE tomato plant.

The others tomato plants, just sprang up. emoticon

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What did you plant? I planted sweet potatoes in my large planters, and those vines definitely do NOT stay in the container. But they are decorative anyway so I don't mind. Tomatoes will spread out in the garden along the soil if not staked or caged, so I'm sure they also will spill over the sides of the container. Bush varieties may be less likely to do so.

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ELISADENK try staking them and see how that goes. It sounds like you are planting the vine ones.

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I didn't get my seeds in this past weekend. I'll have to get it done this coming weekend or I can kiss my fall crop goodbye.

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The problem I am running into is that the plants won't stay in their containers! emoticon

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I got a fig and three cantaloupes!!

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Seeding tomatoes and greens for the winter crop this weekend. emoticon

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I got some new ones but I am going to wait until it gets cooler here, tomatoes seem to do better in the winter than the summer

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Dorothy i'm with you, I started some indoors, but had others that I restarted outside when the weather was good they started, and then they just stopped I am going to dump all my planters next year I have about 7 lg. and 5 smaller and I will try again, but it is really upsetting and no veggies again! emoticon

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You just never know. One of the best yellow squash crops I ever had was seeded into split bags of potting soil laid on top of the soil in my raised beds because I wanted to let them rest for a season. I tried it again in another location the following year and probably didn't make a dozen squash.

What I am enjoying right now is a couple of hanging basket lantanas I bought a couple weeks ago. I'm off Thursday and plan to drive back over to the place and hopefully get two more.

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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 CONTAINER GARDEN IS GROWING VERY WELL. I AM PICKING SQUASH, PEPPERS, KALE, TOMATOES, AND HERBS.
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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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