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Vegetable Container Garden

Tomatoes in containers

This year I decided to grow some veggies in containers, rather than directly in the ground. We live in central Texas, and the soil (sticky clay, really) here is very shallow. We don't have to dig very deep before we hit rock. Container planting seems to be working out great, so far!

Green tomatoes on the vine

I have several variety of tomatos growing. They are growing tall and putting on quite a bit of fruit. Soon I will top them out in hopes of encouraging even more fruit.

Cucumber in a container

This is one of two containers of cucumbers (for pickling), coming along nicely. The containers allow me to easily use better soil, and allow me to organize the containers as necessary for the size of the plants. When the plants were small, it was easy to set the containers side by side. As the have plants have grown in size, I have spread them out a bit, providing each plant with plenty of "elbow room", and lots of space for good ventilation.

Wooden baskets for container gardening with black-eyed susans

The containers I'm using are wooden apple baskets I picked up at the local farm supply store for only a few dollars each. Many of them were nest boxes at one point, before I installed the antique side by side nest boxes in the coop for the girls. When compared to containers of similar size at a garden shop, the apple baskets are much more affordable and so far they work just fine for me. They probably won't last more than a couple of seasons, but at least they're made of something that I can compost back into soil.

Zucchini plants in containers

I have three large zucchini plants, and all of them seem to be doing quite well. I harvested the first zucchini today, and am excited for dinner. I think I'll saute it up with some chicken and mushrooms, and enjoy! Containers of yellow squash, cantelope, and watermelon are putting on nice growth, too.

Rudbekia blooming

I have some potted flowers near the veggies, and they're blooming nicely too. I do love the pretty yellow faces of Rudbekia blooms. They add a nice splash of color to the garden, and are doing a nice job of attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

Sunflower getting ready to bloom

We have a couple of large sunflowers that volunteered near the chicken yard. One of them is already blooming, and the other will be blooming soon!

Mint plant from above

The mint has been delicious in my tea, and the leaves are nice and healthy. Now, if I could keep the caterpillars out of the mint, I'd be happier!

Black swallowtail butterfly

While out watering over the weekend, I noticed a couple of black swallowtail butterflies enjoying the sunshine and water on the soil. One of them sat still long enough for me to get a few photos.

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6/11/2010 9:20:34 PM

I love the container gardening idea - and these photos are just so pretty!

paula smith
6/10/2010 3:14:41 PM

I have done a bit of container gardening this year as well. My tomatoes have just about worn themselves out bearing tomatoes before anyone else had them. I got enought for us and was able to share. Maybe they will share with me until my new plants put on fruit! Peppers, onions, peas, beans, squash, watermelons, pumpkins, and radishes are all in beds. corn is in the ground, and doing beautifully. Sweet enough to eat raw!

nebraska dave
6/10/2010 3:13:38 PM

Anna, your container garden is great. I planted a tomato plant last year on the patio just for fun. I really didn’t know if it would grow or not since the patio doesn’t get much sun. After the first month I put a three foot stake thinking that would about as tall as the little plant would get. By the second month I was building an eight foot support to allow the plant to climb. By the end of the summer the tomato had grown out the top of the support and starting looking at the roof. It had the most delicious marble sized fruit. It turned out to be a great patio asset and neighborhood conversation piece. My patio plantings this year are strictly flowers. Well, except for the pole beans I planted to climb up over the eight foot tall and 10 foot wide trellis I built. I mixed up a batch of potting mix to plant all the patio plants. I poked the beans and Morning Glory in the mix, watered them down, and promptly left for a short vacation of five days. Upon return I was greatly surprised to find that the beans were six to eight inches high and the Morning Glories were about four inches high. I must have come up with a good mix for potting. I’ve never seen anything pop up out of the ground that fast. Thanks so much for the good information about container gardening. Oh and by the way you have a great personal blog too.