|I am planting my first vegetable garden and am looking for some suggestions. I have a fairly large patio that receives approx. 5-6 hours of sunlight a day. I would like to plant cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, beans, and a tomato. Can you give me some suggestions as to the size of containers I would need and varieties of seeds to try?|
|The veggies you've listed will all grow well in 3 to 5 gallon containers. Make sure the pots have good drainage, and fill them with potting soil or a mixture of one-half garden soil and one-half potting soil. (If you use straight garden soil it will be quite heavy and can dry out completely, making it almost impossible to rewet again.)|
Veggies grow best in all day sunshine. If you can only provide 5-6 hours of direct sunshine, try growing some of the shorter season varieties. They can get along with a little less sunshine than their longer-season cousins.
Try 'Blue Lake' beans, 'Short & Sweet' carrots, 'Sugar Crunch' cucumbers, 'Early Girl' tomato (or 'Sugar Snack' if you like cherry tomatoes), and 'Richgreen Hybrid' zucchini. Be sure to provide some support for the cucumbers, squash and tomatoes!