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Growing Container Vegetables

By Mary D. Martin

Tags: Container Gardening, Container Vegetables, Garden, Mary D. Martin,

Mary D. MartinLife is ever changing. Change brings opportunities for new experiences and knowledge. Because of life’s circumstances, I didn’t plant a garden this year. I really enjoy fresh vegetables, so when I planted my flower pots I decided to experiment. I was probably overzealous when I planted. This year will be survival of the fittest.

The pot on the way to the chicken yard is growing a cherry tomato plant, so that I can pick easily and eat on the way to do chores. The open ground below seemed a good place for cucumber vines to wander. Plus flowers.

cherry tomato plant

Closer to the house, I planted a container of flowers, chard and a celebrity tomato plant. I know that an indeterminate tomato is not meant for a container because it will grow and grow and grow. Determinate plants were not available when I started this project, so I will simply stake it as it climbs. Between the main stem and the leaf (as shown in the photo) are where the suckers start. I plan to keep them removed so the plant doesn’t have so much to support in such a small place. Already I have learned that large containers do not dry out as quickly as I thought they would. Tomatoes do not like to be over watered, this invites disease.

container of flowers, chard and a celebrity tomato plant

My third pot hosts beans, carrots and beets! A bit much, I agree. Perhaps some I will harvest early for microgreens. My dog, Jazz, helped the other day with thinning, by eating all but one of the bean plants.

My third pot hosts beans, carrots and beets.

Fourth, but not least, is a pot at the end of the driveway. Already full of a variety of flowers, I tucked acorn squash seeds into three spots. The large leaves are so pretty coming over the sides. There is plenty of room for the vines, vigorously producing bright orange-yellow blossoms, to grow on ground.

Already full of a variety of flowers, I tucked acorn squash seeds into three spots.

I am as excited about this summer’s learning experience as a first grader eagerly awaiting the first day of school. With enthusiastic anticipation I look forward to harvesting from my mini gardens.

7/30/2015 9:59:11 AM

Mary, I'm on a container growing journey as well. I started growing some of my tomato and cucumber plants in five gallon buckets last year. I am still figuring out the potting mix and how much to fertilize. The demands for plants in containers is much more than in open ground. Since the roots can't reach out into a big area all that they need much be given to them in the confined area. More water, more fertilizer, and better soil all have to be given to the plants to produce a good crop. I'm still perfecting mine. ***** Have a great container growing day.