The Q&A Archives: Can I grow all vegatables in containers?

Question: I have disabilities in one shoulder and both knees. I love to garden fresh vegatables and want to start fruits as well. I can do containers as I don;t have to bend or be on my knees.I want to do things like. Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, squash,berries,radishes, and cantalope

Answer: Most vegetables will adapt to growing in containers. Tomatoes and potatoes will need 5-gallon containers to provide enough room for their roots (unless you are growing the smaller patio type tomatoes). Squash and melons will need lots of room to sprawl and a 5-gallon container will work for them, too. Or, if you can obtain half whiskey or half wine barrels you can grow several plants in a single container and still have room for them to sprawl. The plants will need a soil depth of 18 inches so you could fill the bottoms of these containers with bags of styrofoam peanuts or capped milk cartons to take up room and then fill the rest of the space with potting soil. As long as it is 18" deep, your plants will be happy. Best wishes with your container garden!

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