this is not such a smart idea WHY? do you know from which material are leterts made of? from lead! and lead is not good for any living creature. It is not smart to contaminate your plants if you are going to use them later as food font do this! If that is going to be inedible then ok but higher levels of lead can damage a plant
I love love LOVE the pic of your zucchini pots!! It inspires me to try again... last year mine were a bust. I have learned 2 things with container gardening over the last 2 years... 1)drainage holes are NECESSARY, or your plants are subject to drown in weekly downpours, and 2) on account of the drainage holes, you will NEEEED to water your plants daily. So if you are going on vacation, call a neighbor, or you will come home to some french fried tomatoes. It's amazing what people will do for you in exchange for some homegrown tomatoes!!! Last year I tried out some 5-gallon buckets bought very inexpensively at Lowes, drilled a LOT of holes in the bottom, spray painted them, and they were perfect for growing bell peppers, basil bushes, and even a tomato plant! This year they just needed a little spray paint touch up and were ready to go!
There are lots of other types of summer squash, besides zucchini, that grow more bush-like. Patty pans (scallop), yellow crookneck, and yellow straightneck squashes can be grown in pots. Eggplants grown in pots do quite well. Of course, hot peppers...especially the ornamental ones...do well, too. Some look beautiful as hanging plants, because the stems flow over the side of the pots. Determinate tomatoes (the ones that grow like little bushes) are great for pots, although by using a 5-gallon bucket and providing support, you can easily grow indeterminate varieties (the vining type). The same applies for pole beans. Also, there are bush-type cucumbers to be grown in pots. Stick a few garlic cloves in one, or grow some cutting celery in pots, along with many other herbs like basil, tarragon (buy French, as Russian loses its flavor on older plants), oregano, stevia, mint, etc. Even strawberries can be grown in pots. And did you know that there are even miniature blueberry plants intended for growing in pots? Antioxidants! And in the fall, you can grow collars, kale, broccoli, etc. These are ALL the types of things I grow in pots very successfully.
yes. we are planning to use Aero Garden indoors for tomatoes and herbs, and EarthBoxes outdoors with casters for potatoes, peppers, onions and who knows what else? :)
Wow! What a great article. I've been growing various vegetables and flowers in containers on my patio for several years. This year I am concentrating on salad veggies and have two tomato plants waiting for the Oklahoma rain to stop...Sweet 100 and a patio tomato.
I live in a senior village and some of the residents sneak over and snatch a tomato once in a while. Makes me laugh.
Most of all my planting has been container, I even recovered and planted a potato that vined in the compost bin in an old cooler and got great potatoes later. This article had great tips and I will try them. Thanks!
Yes, I do! We are trying lettuce indoors in containers, and plan to try some tomatoes and peppers in containers, too! You've also inspired me to try some carrots...and maybe even cauliflower!