Vegetable Container Garden

| 6/10/2010 12:04:08 PM

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.

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.

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