Answer: Most plants will adapt to growing in containers. In fact, they are usually superior in growth than the same plants planted in the ground because in containers you can really control the amount of water and nutrients the plant roots receive. If your strawberries were moldy, check to make sure the plants are getting lots of sunshine and that you water the soil, not the plants themselves. And, be sure they are not overcrowded so that any moisture on the berries and leaves will be able to dry completely (wet leaves and berries will develop fungal problems). Your pepper probably had too much moisture collecting in the indentation between the stem and the fruit. Again, try to keep water off the plants and be sure they have enough air circulation all around so they can dry off after a rain. You can pick your fruits and vegetables when they are the right size and color (which varies from variety to variety). As long as your plants are producing new flowers they should continue to produce new fruits. Best wishes with your garden.
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