Vegetables in containers

Jamestown, NC(Zone 7b)

Hi all! Just wanted to share what I have done the last couple of years. We bought our house in January of 2015 and our property has a lot of very tall very shady trees with no real space to put a garden yet. So until we get the trees gone (hopefully for next season) I have been planting in rubbermaid totes. I drill small holes in the bottom for drainage and the put a piece of weed blocking material down to keep the soil in and allow excess water to drain. For soil I use Kellogg Raised bed and Potting Mix. Last year I did 2 Husky Hybrid cherry tomato plants, 1 Patio tomato plant, 1 Red Bell Pepper, 1 Mexibelle pepper. I learned that I needed to plant the tomatoes in their own tote and not 2 to a tote also patio tomatoes did not produce much where the Cherry tomatoes produced more than we could use! Mexibelle peppers were excellent as were the Red Bell. The Cherry tomato and Peppers grew to over 5 feet tall! (I know this because they were well over my head and I am 5 feet tall).
This year I have 3 Husky Cherry tomatoes, 1 Mexibelle Pepper, 1 Red Bell Pepper, 1 Cubanelle Pepper, Jalapenos, 1 Eggplant, Green Beans and Watermelon. I also have some strawberries in a planter on my deck with assorted flowers.

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Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Nice job! Thanks for sharing.

Olathe, KS(Zone 5a)

I kept adding tubs to my back yard. Started with 7 and 11 gallon flextubs - very pretty. Last 3 years I added 17 gallon plastic tubs. I use miracle grow potting mix, add moisture crystals, and have adjustable emitter water lines on most. Every year I add more fertilizer and maybe more moisture crystals. I also use 3 gallon buckets for some. This year I have dwarf conifers and flowers in tubs as well as food crops. My fruit crops include blueberries, blackberries, yellow and red raspberries, strawberries, alpine strawberries (also have 14 dwarf fruit trees). Other food crops include tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, short vine melons, bush winter squash, lettuce, peas, beans, spinach, radish, carrots, beets, etc. I did not grow many herbs (except parsley and self seeding dill) or any brassicas this year.

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