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3/23/12 9:17 P

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this is some great ideas.

I checked out some books from the library

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3/23/12 12:45 P

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Exactly what I'm looking for! Thank you both. I've been on Amazon checking out different books so this is most helpful.


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There's a good article in this spring's edition of Vegetarian Times entitled: Home-Grown Flavour with good ideas for container gardening.
These are some planter ideas that I got from the book Bountiful Container by McGee and Stuckey...
Plant in at least 6 - 8 hours of bright sun:
1. Tomato in the middle (cage or trellis, I tie three bamboo stakes together to make a teepee), cucumbers on the edge, and nasturtiums to trail out of the pot.
2. Asian eggplant at the back, 3 basil plants at the front.
3. summer squash in the middle, lettuce on the edges.
4. Climbing nasturtiums at the rear (trellis) , peppers at the front
5. Bush peas in the middle (trellis), lettuce on the edges
Part shade:
6. parsley, sage, trailing rosemary and thyme

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3/23/12 7:58 A

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I love container gardening. I've had to do that several places simply because I didn't have soil, or deep enough soil!

Here's a book that might be interesting:

I have found that plants do need quite a bit of soil and that something the size of a 15 gallon pot works best - which would be about the same size as one of those large bags that's been talked about already. They need room to stretch out their roots.

I would also suggest getting a companion planting book like "Tomatoes Love Carrots", and something that talks about how to grow plants in small spaces like Mel Bartholomew's "Square Foot Gardening" or something like "Postage Stamp Gardening".

This will help you learn to plant to deal with creatures, but also plant in small spaces, successively plant, and plant things that are happy together and make each other grow better. It also helps you learn to plant in such a way that you have minimal to no weeding.

And for things like snails, slugs and cats, I have found that cocoa mulch to be delightful. It smells like chocolate, and when you put it out around your plants, the cats can't stand it and stay away, and slugs and snails don't like trying to cross it. You'll just need to put more out periodically to keep the coarse texture.

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3/23/12 2:11 A

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Thanks. Such good ideas.

I have to say though, I've used the beer for the slugs method and found it gross and fascinating. The slugs love the beer! They sway over the top of the beer container, slither down and get drunk, fall in in a drunken stupor, bloat and ooze, and it's all very disgusting and effective. Ug, ugh and ooh.

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3/22/12 11:16 A

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It is very easy. I bought the plants from a nursery. I chose a spot for the plants in my garden and plopped the bags down. I cut 3 X's in the top of the bag and then used a long pole to poke holes in the bottom of the bag for drainage. I planted my little plants. Because of the plastic they stay pretty moist and I didn't have to water as much as I thought I would need.

I had no trouble with critters except slugs. There are several slug preventatives out there but a shallow jar lid with beer in it attracts those slimy things and they leave the plants alone. In my big garden the squirrels ate my peppers and zucchini. I had problems with cabbage moths and had to continue spraying the plants with soapy water and picking off the eggs. But that is just normal upkeep in a garden.

Rennegade: They get about a foot tall and then you cut off the tops and they grow back. I would suggest if you want to have a lot of greens that you get many bags and plant a few days apart. That way you are always having some greens ready to harvest and some re-growing. My local organic nursery/farmer's market grows all of their broccoli, greens, lettuces, radishes, etc in these bags in their green house and then takes the top off of the greenhouse as soon as the weather warms and they grow there all season. I have some great compost from last year that I am going to add to my last years soil bags and re-use them.

I don't plant tomatoes, potatoes, carrots or other deep rooted veggies in these bags but greens, lettuces etc. work well.

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i would like info on growing in bags. how big do they get. is the growth stunted by the soil restriction

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3/22/12 10:07 A

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Okay, I need detailed instructions on how you did that. I know it's probably very easy but I don't have much of a green thumb. I'd love to give this a try. Do the critters stay away from it? I have lots of squirrels, possums and raccoons not to mention the neighbor's cat that roam freely through our yard at night.


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3/22/12 9:59 A

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LIV2RIDE, I grow all of my leafy veggies in bags of garden soil mix. If you check my photos on my Sparkpage, I posted a photo a few days ago of the collards and kale that lasted through our mild winter here in Ohio. You can also grow these in pots, but you would need a lot of pots. I put the bags in the shade in between my flowers and hosta plants.

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I've been really trying to figure out how I can grow some things without using my yard. I don't want any of the fertilizer/grub stuff/just general lawn stuff my husbands puts on his "carpet" to get into my plants. So I was thinking that I could do a few pots on my patio. I've done this with tomatoes in the past and it worked out nicely. Do you think I could do the same with kale or collards? I eat a lot of them during the week in my smoothies so would need about half a pound a week (at least).

Does anyone have any suggestions for other veggies I can grow in pots?


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