container planting - Knowledgebase Question

columbia, Ma
Question by lisaeldri
February 26, 2010
Could you give some tips on successful herb and vegetable container planting, also what varieties do best


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Answer from NGA
February 26, 2010

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Both herbs and vegetables will adapt to growing in containers. 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 and herbs grow best in all day sunshine. 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! Any herbs you like will be happy in containers. Full sunshine and adequate moisture are just about all herbs will need to thrive. Enjoy your container garden!

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