Containers forum: What to plant in containers now? [Michigan]

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oriza
Feb 12, 2018 5:38 PM CST
I want to grow vegetables and herbs this year, and I have a couple of questions about my east-facing balcony container garden.

Can I plant the usual things that will grow well in cold winter months or are there precautions I should take because I'm using containers?

It is still regularly below freezing here and probably will be for a while-- is there anything I should do differently because I'm planting in containers rather than pots?

Can I re-use the soil I used last year and just mix some compost into it to replace any lost nutrients?

Thank you!
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fwmosher
Feb 12, 2018 5:44 PM CST
Orizo, welcome! Do you know what zone you are in, and do you have any suitable place with heat and light to start seeds by chance?
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pod
Feb 12, 2018 5:44 PM CST
Welcome @oriza I personally reuse the soil by improving it as long as it had no issues.

I'm not sure where you are located but I would say that the root systems of your container plants may be compromised by hard freezes. What would you normally grow in ground over winter?
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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pod
Feb 12, 2018 5:46 PM CST
Ooops sorry, I see where you are located now. I definitely think I would wait a bit for spring temps.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

oriza
Feb 12, 2018 6:04 PM CST
pod said:Welcome @oriza I personally reuse the soil by improving it as long as it had no issues.

I'm not sure where you are located but I would say that the root systems of your container plants may be compromised by hard freezes. What would you normally grow in ground over winter?


Thanks! I guess I always heard that spinach, kale, and that kind of stuff is good to start in the winter? This site seems to suggest that you can start some things in the ground. thompson-morgan(.)com/top-10-winter-vegetables
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 12, 2018 6:12 PM CST
Yes, I know things like that will grow overwinter in the south. I grew up in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and can't imagine anything growing in that climate in winter. But I may be wrong...

I'm afraid that as I have lived in the south for more years than I care to admit, I'm probably the wrong person to answer your question. But I do think the roots will be more vulnerable in a container.

If you don't get an answer, you may have to experiment a bit. Good luck!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

oriza
Feb 12, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Someone on reddit pointed out that the website I linked refers to the time to start seeds *indoors*. Which I feel like an idiot for not getting. But it makes much more sense now. Thanks y'all for your help!
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 12, 2018 8:33 PM CST
Not a problem... and don't feel too blithering. I speed read and miss things that are obvious to others. For example, I missed your locale. Whistling It just happens. Hope we will see you around as you make plans and start growing.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
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CarolineScott
Feb 13, 2018 9:26 AM CST
Welcome!
And best wishes for your container plantings when the weather is better.

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