(Closed) Anyone have a container garden?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@beetee123:  We do a small one on our balcony, though I’m planning to expand it this year.

I see you don’t like tomatoes, which are some of the best for this. We do grow herbs (cilantro, mint, basil, and thyme – I want to try oregano this time), and hot peppers – both jalepeno and thai chili have worked for us – as well as bell peppers.

If you got to a nursery or even Home Depot, the info on the plants will tell you how much sun they need and whether they grow well in a pot/container. We get terra cotta and plastic pots from Home Depot – go a little bigger than you think you will need. 

I don’t know my flowers, but most that don’t spread seem to do well in pots. You could look here: http://www.gardenguides.com/75005-flowers-grow-pots.html.


Good luck!


Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You could make a big pot of different leaf lettuces so you can have fresh leaves for your salads and sandwiches.  They actually grow better the more you pinch them off.  They have an envelope of mixed lettuce seeds which is very convenient.  Last year, I grew sugar snap peas in pots and they looked so cool.  I just trellised them upward with some branches and they grew like weeds.

Post # 6
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When you say lots of light, do you mean 6+ hours of direct sun? Keep in mind that peppers love lots of direct sun and heat. If you don’t get as much sun, there are still lots of things you can grow. Before it gets too hot, lettuces, spinach, chard, and Asian greens should do well for you in pots.

There are also super cute new mini raspberry and blueberry plants if you have room for some larger containers. Check out http://www.brazelberries.com. I have 4 of the raspberry plants and they are great.

Watering is critical when gardening in containers. Either too little or too much will kill your plants. In the heat of summer, pots dry out in a hurry! When I lived in Texas years ago, I used to grow tomatoes and herbs on my apartment balcony. They required twice daily watering in the 100+ temps. 

Finally, I would strongly suggest visiting a local nursery or garden center. In general, you can count on the staff knowing what will work in your area and taking the time to share their knowledge with you. 

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