Gardening for the very first time - Knowledgebase Question

Owings Mills, Ma
Question by svgolder
March 3, 2010
Hi, My name is Sucarri and I this is my first time joining a garden club and my question is I live with my parents and the closets thing to a garden for me is using flower pots. I like to plant mainly tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, basil, and hot peppers is it okay to do these plants in pots or should they be done underground?


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2010

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You might be surprised to know that many, many people garden in containers instead of growing things in the ground because they have no room for vegetables in their yards. You can do the same thing. Vegetables need at least 8 hours of sunshine so find a place that gets all day sun. Your next consideration is the size of the containers. You'll need 3-5 gallon containers for full sized tomato plants and peppers because they have extensive root systems. Your rosemary and thyme will grow in one gallon sized containers and your basil will be happy in a 12" flower pot. Use potting soil rather than garden soil to fill your containers and make sure your containers have drainage holes in the bottoms. Hope this answers all your questions!

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