container vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Aspinwall, PA (Zone 6A)
Question by chefaid90
April 16, 2005
I would love to start growing vegetables in containers but need to know what kinds of vegetables I can grow in my area and how big of a container for each one I need. I have all day to tend to the veges so time is no problem.

Answer from NGA
April 16, 2005


Generally speaking the bigger the container the better. A tomato plant for example will need a five gallon bucket or a half barrel by late summer when it is approaching full size and has a big root system to support all the top growth. You can grow nearly any vegetable in your area. After all danger of frost you can plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons, bush or pole beans, as well as cool season plantings (early spring and plant again in late summer for a fall crop) of lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots and broccoli, for example. These can all be grown in containers. Rather than one plant per pot, you would probably be able to grow more by grouping them in larger containers. You could for example grow a tomato plant that has an early crop of lettuce or radishes around it. Plant the lettuce and radish seed fairly close together, then eat the early thinnings while they are very small, continue harvesting a few at a time until they mature. This will prolong your harvest, and maximize your space. Have fun with your project!

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