Containers forum: New member in Iowa.

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Feb 4, 2018 2:23 PM CST
Just wanted to say hello and get started!

I live in Des Moines IA, right near downtown.

Very new to gardening in general, have only planted one 2-3 times in the past with various levels of success.

No space for a "normal" garden so will be trying my luck at container gardening this year!

Have a deck that I can cordon off approximately 7'x7' of space, along with about 14 linear feet of 8" wide handrail. The deck faces south so lots of sunlight.

I plan to plant tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, lettuce etc in the containers and was thinking the railing might be a good place for some smaller plants like herbs.

Still reading up on everything but wanted to introduce myself and get started- Matt.
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Feb 4, 2018 5:00 PM CST
Welcome @mattri! You'll learn lots here and everyone is so helpful and friendly. Smiling
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Feb 5, 2018 4:55 AM CST

I do have a yard, but grow many veges in containers.
And so do many other NGA members here, so you have come to the right place .

Feb 5, 2018 9:08 PM CST
Thanks! Pretty excited about this idea actually!
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Feb 5, 2018 9:12 PM CST
Welcome, @mattri! Many of us garden in containers by choice, even if we have plenty of land. It works well, and I enjoy being able to rearrange my pots and plants. The smaller herbs would do fine in boxes on the deck railings. Have fun, and enjoy the site!
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Feb 12, 2018 5:40 PM CST
Welcome Matt! It will be fun to follow your success. I grow in raised beds and some containers. If I can suggest, look for smaller plants for the container culture. Some of the seed company catalogues actually have a section of seeds for container growing. Planning and shopping is as much fun as the growing and eating. Good luck @mattri
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