vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA (Zone 6B)
Question by gdav218
June 2, 2007
Can I grow vegetables in a flower pot? I have a cement yard no dirt

Answer from NGA
June 2, 2007


It is certainly possible to grow vegetables in containers. Keep in mind that they need full sun. Tomatoes do well in a five gallon size or larger container, for example. If you have a half barrel size planter you could grow a succession of plants such as lettuce and spinach in early spring followed by bush beans or perhaps a bush type of cucumber or a trellised melon for summer, then a fall crop of greens or other cool season planting. Herbs also do quite well in pots. Use a good quality soil mix formulated for container plants, make sure your container has working drain holes in the bottom, and water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out. Also, fertilize regularly with a water soluble fertilizer or a slow release fertilizer per the label directions. Enjoy your vegetables this summer!

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