The Q&A Archives: Container Vegetables

Question: My soil is not good in my back yard, so I thought I could grown some vegetables in pot instead of the ground. Looking for ideas as to what veggies and what containers would be good to use.

Answer: Most veggies will adapt to growing in containers. The only caution here is that you'd probably want to choose determinate type tomato plants rather than indeterminate types. The difference is that determinate tomato plants grow to a certain size and then set fruit. Indeterminate types will continue to grow all summer long. While they also produce fruit all summer long, they will become quite large as they grow more and more stems. This might be a problem for plants in containers. Aside from that, you can grow lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, carrots, summer squash (with a trellis or support), or practically any other veggie you choose. I'd use potting soil in the containers. It drains quickly and is light weight so you can move the pots if some veggies need more or less sunlight as the season progresses. Choose containers with adequate drainage holes in the bottoms and fill with moistened potting soil. Then sow seeds or plant little transplants in the pots. Depending upon size of plant and size of container (you'll need a minimum of 8" in depth), you may want to plant only one or two plants per container. If you build or purchase long planter boxes, you may be able to get several plants into each container.

Best wishes with your containerized garden!

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