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Mar 14, 2016 11:01 PM CST
|Good evening fine people, I was wondering if you had any advise on growing vegtables within potted plant holders particularly cucumbers burpless. Or ideas on gardening in small places. Also when planting should begin for the Asheville area. Thank you for taking my question. TJ|
Mar 14, 2016 11:14 PM CST
|Good Evening TJ and Welcome to ATP!
The trick to gardening in containers is to have large (10 - 15 gallon) containers that are well insulated. The containers should be double walled or externally insulated somehow. Hot roots are why potted plants fail.
I'm not sure where Asheville is so can't help you on the 'when'. Do you know what hardiness zone you are in? Do you know what state you are in?
Start cucumber seeds when all danger of frost is over - the weather has to be very warm before they will be happy outside.
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Mar 15, 2016 9:22 PM CST
|Getting burpless cucumbers is all about choosing the right variety. Look online, and read the descriptions and reviews carefully to find a good one. I've grown an old one for years, an heirloom called 'Lemon' and they are wonderful, never bitter and also burpless. Very productive too, but you must pick them often, and before they get too mature or the skin is tough. If you let them get to the stage of looking like lemons, you might have left them too long.
As Daisy said, keeping the roots cool is important in containers. A light color of container, white or pale colors, will reflect heat. I do all my veggie growing in Earth Boxes and they come in white as well as green, and other colors. They also supply reversible soil covers that have white on one side and black on the other. Since I'm in Florida I usually use them with the white side up to keep the soil cool. Down here, the sun is so high in hot weather that the container is actually shaded by it's shape as well as by the plants for most of the day, so I bought the dark green ones and have no problems.
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