Growing season - Knowledgebase Question

Cleveland, OH
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Question by vellsn
May 3, 2007
I would like to start to grow some alpine strawberries, sweet peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers on my balcony. Can I plant them now or is it too late? If it is too late what time of the year is best? Also I wanted to ask if what type of tomato is best for balcony growing and are cucumbers okay for balcony growing?
Thank you

Answer from NGA
May 3, 2007
It's not too late. Cucumbers peppers and tomatoes must be planted after the last spring frost -- they prefer warm weather. Plant the strawberries whenever they are available this spring.

For container growing, cherry tomatoes seem to do the best. Otherwise, look for good disease resistance and use at least a five gallon container or larger if possible. Know ahead of time how you are going to support the tomato when it gets big later on. Look for a bush type cucumber or plan on training it on a trellis. Some seed companies offer special varieties they consider to do well in containers, too, so check the seed packet descriptions.

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