Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Help a super noob

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scott6687
May 1, 2018 2:04 PM CST
Hi All,

On a whim while at Ace Hardware I purchased some small tomatoes, snap peas, and green pepper plants. They're in small pots and the plants are 6-12 inches tall.

Now I have them home and remembers I have never grown anything and I have no clue what I'm doing. I live in Baltimore, MD and I can definitely water them and make sure they're in the sun all day.

I have no idea what else I should be doing. The snap peas are pretty long and they don't stand upright, they're super flimsy so they fall to the ground. Should I attach them to a stick so they stand up better? Should I be adding anything to the soil. At what point should I move them to a bigger pot? Can I put all 3 plants in this other big pot I have? What else do I do? Thank you!
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Name: Meg
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wordywombat
May 1, 2018 3:31 PM CST
Peas are climbers--so they need to be staked or trellised. They will each need their own pot--unless it is a super-huge pot. The peppers and the tomato will take some time to grow, and each might like some stakes as well. Peas are generally done by June(ish).

You can transplant to a larger pot anytime--but the sooner the better.

There will be better and more useful pointers for you--I am a relative noob as well.
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sallyg
May 1, 2018 4:08 PM CST
scott, Hi!
Can you post pics? of plants and of pots?
Tomato tend to be the biggest of those
Peppers medium
Peas, as Meg said,don't need too big a place as the heat will knock them out in June.
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critterologist
May 10, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Yep, tomatoes in general will need about a 5 gallon pot (18" across), while peppers seem to do fine in a 3 gallon pot (14" across), although neither would object to having more space to wriggle its toes!

You could plant a tomato in a pot and add a tomato cage, then put a few pea plants in front of the tomato. I'm thinking that the tomato wouldn't really take off, size wise, until the peas were done... and the peas could climb the tomato cage. I've planted cucumber seedlings in front of pea plants, same idea, both use the same supports with the cukes taking over about the time the pea vines die back.
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