I have tomatoes, peppers, loofa, cukes, zukes in small pots to bump...
My potted flowers suck this year.. but then I have had a rough go in gardening this season...
Finally saw some germs in my cutting garden.. look like some 4:00's gonna start and some allysumns.. maybe a maregold or two, shoot there should be lots in there, but slower than a moley-arse in January.
Got weeds to high heaven.. come get, all you want for free!
Almosr everythin I grow is in pots. I love dwarf trees for that reason. I have a patio and its my garden oasis I even have a peachtree in a large container. We bought a lot of storage tubs when we bought our home so I drilled a few holes in the bottom and use them for carrots and things that need a little deeper soill than some of my other garedn boxes. I can fit about 4 long rows...
Does anyone here grow trashcan potatos...my fave crop
My taters fizzled this year too.. too wet for in the ground and we even got them in at the right time.. but I think I am going to go back to mail order spuds.. I got my seed spuds this year at the local hardware and they looked great, but the mail order ones are treated and small and you just poke them i the ground instead of cutting them like we had to do with the ones this year. My spuds out of the pantry, they had sprouts on them when they went in the ground and might make a few newbs, but jeez, this year is bad news there too.
I have done trees in containers.. some make it some not, I think it depends on the year. This year is just bad for me taking care of things because of health, but otherwise, too my garden woud be much better.
Hope your doing better health wise, I live in zone 8a so sometimes I have to bring all my trees and a few other things inside. My hubby gets so mad when he gets up at all the trees in the kitchen...then I remind him how much money we have invested and if they die I will just go buy new ones...lol gets him to simmer down in no time.
Most of mine are dwarf so the do quite well in containers as long as there big enough
I take the huge #1500 nursery cans and fill them 2/3 with manure compost then top it of with purchased potting soil. The potting soil Ihave been getting has been pretty good. None of that garbaged junk we have seen and heard others complaining about.
My asperagus dint do wel either.. must be the year. Last year they popped seed like crazy, but this year all the plants were scrawny. Never tried it in pots. Hows it do? I would think not to well since the roots would get cramped and not winter good. I tried wintering a specimen last year in a container.. it croaked.
Those glads are about 18 inches got about 20 pots.. some are Comets, then the rest are a mix and some are red.
Green Bell peppers and banana peppers...had a Peter but it croakes last week.. damped off for some reason.
I have not had luck growing peppers in the garden.. too wet here and last year was the first time I tried them potted. Worked great.. even brought them into the house in the winter.. they did not make it though to spring. rats!
I started the glads on 4/7/10 and was hedging all the way.. our spring was so cold this year, but not wet like some years, althoug we are getting rain regular now. The gorund is hot and the conditions for grwoing greatly improved.
BlossomBuddy ~ do you leave your vegies in pot all summer? Looks like lots of watering... but I like your blend of compost and soil. Thanks.
Lots of containers here... horseradish in a barrel half, notice the planted blue bidet behind it? The beds are full of potted maters, squash, eggplants, peppers and more. Not Home & Garden beautiful but fun. P.S. ~ I lust after your stash of pots!
Pod, on the soil.. I dont mix it. I put 2/3 manure in the pot first then top it off with the potting soil. Yep, lots of watering, but easier for me to weed!
When I moved here ten years ago, all those pots were filled with plants! I dug up my acre perennial garden at our old farm. Man I miss that garden. It was a joy, but the neighborhood sucked. Had one of those landfill compost farms nextdoor and it reacked to high heaven. The stench could be smelled 5 miles away and you would not beleive the flies.
And yes, some of those veggies like the peppers will stay in those big cans all summer. I plan to transplant the rest, but I have such a late start this season.
I will have to dig up some of the old shots when we moved. Towards the end I ran out of cans and we ended up just heaping plants bare root into the pickup bed.
This place here, is so wet it is terrible for grass. Almost enough to make you give up gardening it is so much work.
My bed at the homefarm, it was all rowed and so we would just till it between the rows with the cultivator, but here its in patches, more landscaped, but a mess this year.
If I had plastic on the big hoop I would leave plants all year in containers and go back in business, but im tired of running businesses. I have enough to handle it as just a hobby. now.
Thank you Lola ~ I'm not sure I would say "gorgeous" but definitely fun. The horseradish was an ebay purchase a couple of years ago. I hadn't harvested any yet, waiting for it to get established. I wanted it contained but think I will move it to a larger plastic cattle feed tub next season. The oak barrel is hard to keep hydrated in this climate. I should have lined it with plastic to slow evaporation.
I use a peat based soil... Sun Pro ~ I think it is called now. I have used it for years. I think peat is the primary reason soil holds moisture but you cannot let it dry out or it will be difficult to rehydrate.
My hubby has potatoes in containers that he started back in mid-April. We had a very mild spring in Iowa and had more 90+ degree days in May than we did all year in 2009.
I have a few hypertufa that I made - two small ones are planted with calendula (from seeds), one with a variegated nasturium (also from seeds), one with pansies I planted in April (love them!), and one with two miniature conifers and a miniature sempervivum. I have three clay pots with dwarf conifers in them and one more clay pot with zinna seeds started and a tropical hibiscus.
This year, I swore that I'm going to do more container gardens next year. Planting stuff in the ground is so much work! The hypertufa with the nasturiums is quite large, over the summer I'm going to visit Gee Farms in Michigan and hope to find a few miniature conifers to put in there.
ic, do show us!
I lost most of my taters to the wet this spring. Part of the problem though here is not mother nature...
Some of my containers will just get sunk into the ground when I get "Area 57" here cleaned of weeds here and can get the climbers to the things they will be climbing. The chickens are working on that but I am afraid I will have to bust hump to help them...my ckes got blossome and I noticed my loofas are getting their "tenticles" (tendrils)!
I set these cukes out intending to dig them in like my tomates, but with all the rain have not had time and the lil boogers latched on to the fence already and are well over 3 feet tall and thicker than shown here! They are gonna have to stay as is. I had intended to dig those DL's out of there too. Owell.. maybe in the fall!
I grow a lot of my bulbs in cans. I often just set the cans in certain gardens and let them just hang out there all year.. then will divide them eventually like my asiatics and tigers.
Heres one of my orange asiatics in a can...
Ok, some of you been emailing me asking WHERE do I get my pots! LOL!
Im a recycler so I beg from all the local nurseries and greenhouses I know! Most gladly give them to me because otherwise they will be going into their garbage. You just need to sanatize them. I put them in water with bleach. Otherwise I get them wholesale, but its been a long time since I bought.
My local hardware and other nursery is a great place. I always ask my haunts if when they have "freebies" (yano, the plants that they sell sometimes buy one get one or maybe even have a pile that is just plain free!) how many I can take. (Most of the time when they are free, the places want to get rid of the plants because they are heading for the waste bin anyway becaues they have spent their bloom and a lot of these places have no greenhouse worker to primp them and are generally poor on watering them so they are not the greatest plants, but sometimes too you get a good few!) and so you get a plant that maybe you can reserect and a pot.. but always ask. You can get trays and smaller pots too. Ask to see their plant garbage dump!
The ponly problem is you might cart home a bug or disease so quarantine the dumper pots and plants. Inspect them thoroughly.
Um, I use a 300 gallon horse trough and fill it with water and toss the pots. totes and used baskets etc in there with the bleach. I am generous on the bleach.. its cheap, I just slosh in a half gallon of the bleach.. no measureing, just slosh! But watch your clothes then take the hose and rinse.
If your resaling though, watch out for pots that are not so nice.
I like using the dumppots mainly now for bulbs that I just bury in the ground like for dafs or just use them to move stuff around our gardens...I have a huge garden.. underwater now, but the dayliles are blooming through the water and the weeds and when I dig them up to divide, the nursery cans are oh so grand! Then I line them out in the pots in the new garden areas and plant at my leasure. I also do veggies like duh as you can see above!
On daffs I do not store the bulbs seperately. I pot them in cans poke them in the ground can and all and forget them until they are about ready to bust the pot in the ground and need dividing, then I yank the pot out of the ground and just put field dirt in with the divided bulbs in more cans when dividing time comes. On gallon pots you need to put about an inch of dirt in then the bulbs then fill the can keeping the bulbs as deep in the pot as possible. You can divide daf bulbs in the spring after a bloom in wich case you leave the leaves on or in the fall when the leaves are not showing. Oh so easy then to find them in the garden, just look for the can!
I always end up wit pots of daffs laying around all summer before I get to finally planting them.
That reminds me, I got a pile of daff bulbs that I forgot about in my GPS.. eeks! They probably are dehydrated and not good.. I best get to them! Pray they are still good so I can pot them!
Doing the can thind, the cans keeps the critters from digging around them too and killing them.
Let me see if I got this right...You divided your bulbs, put dirt about 2 inch in one of those black pots, put your bulbs in (how many per pot) fill it with dirt then put the whole pot ( pot,dirt, bulbs) in the ground? how deep? Am I getting this right?
What size pot are you using? Two gallon? I'm assuming in a warmer climate I wouldn't need to bury bulbs as deep, correct?
And, are you saying that after dividing the bulbs you replant in pots immediately and store them until the next season or plant them in the ground right away?
I use a one gallon nursery can. I put ONE inch of dirt in the can, then place my daffodil bulbs in the can, then top the can FULL to the brim with dirt. I sinke the can into the ground level with the soil.
Depending on the size bulbs is how many I put it. if they are large bulbs, no more than 3-5. Hif its a hyacinth, only one, unless its grage hyacinths, in which case I put a light handful in. Some bulbs do require a bigger can.
I once tried groing the spring bulbs in a kiddie pool! That worked great and was heaven to lift that year!
I likle the one gallon caaans the most.
IN the spring after the blooms are spent you can lift them, but do not cut the leaves off. I will either replant them pronto after diggign them or after the leaves are spent.
Remember the bulbs need the spent leaves to for thier growth so do not cut the leaves.
I plant the cans into the ground. Sometimes bulbs I have lifted in the spring hang around here until I plant them in the fall, but I alwasy try to repot them as son as I dig them, but it really does not matter.. you can wait.
As for depth, you still want the bulbs at least 6 inches below the soil line.
I do have a Globe Willow planted in a GIANT tire. It is in the first whole season in my yard. It is small. I have another garden made of an old wooden sand box that I got cheap. I got some free lagged off bricks that were the part they remove from the block , they are not as useful, harder to sell for a block company. So they give them away. I have planters made out of them too.
I have a question. I did Zukes this year for the first time and at first there were small zukes and they were bitter, but now the little Zukes look like long stalks of celery and no giant Zuccinni anywhere are apparent. I also grew some Tall onions but I don't know if I have to cut the stalk or is there an onion ball under the ground and if so when do I dig it up? I never do veggies, just annuals and perenials and roses, ornamental trees, pines, vines etc.
I think I should have put them in a container instead of my crappy soil area.