Sunday, April 17, 2011
First choose your container carefully, size matters here. Bigger is not always better and overcrowding can also be detriment. Do not use garden soil, always use a potting mix for your containers or you can get creative and learn about soiless potting mixes. Here is a list of varieties that I have successfully grown in containers with source and size of container recommended. When selecting seeds look for varities that say "determinate", "bush", "compact" and "container culture" on the labels. You can find seeds suitable for container culture at Burpees, Gurney, Territorial Seed Company, Pinetree Nursery, Totally Tomatoes, and Park Seed.
For window boxes, shallow containers:
Lettuce - All leaf varieties are suitable for container culture, try Little Gem for head lettuce
Spinach - Baby Spinach
Carrots - Short & Sweet, Scarlet Nantes, Thumbelina
Okra - Baby Bubba
For additional resources on container gardening, please visit these links:
Container Vegetable Gardening
Suggested Vegetable Varieties for Container Gardening
Vegetable Container Garden
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I have been busy doing many things and my garden has been busy growing. Here is a picture of one month's growth on my container bush variety of cucumbers started from seed in late February. When I checked this morning there were two baby cucumbers forming. Now I have never been successful at getting cucumbers to this stage of growth or actually getting frui.t and that is due to me mainly planting at the wrong time and planting the wrong variety. Cucumbers are naturally vining plants and most varieties will benefit from trellising, but being that I do not have the room so I searched out bush varieties suited for container culture. If I get two or three fruits from this pair of plants I will be very happy.
|Pictures Taken March 2nd and April 4th|