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Container Gardening #1: "Digging" Container Gardening

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Blog entry by Brad posted 01-31-2010 04:00 PM 13696 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Why would I container garden? Good question!

Suppose you were in this predicament: You resided in an apartment, or maybe you live in a condo with no yard space? What if you were like so many gardeners who actually have a great garden space, but just need “a little something” on the front porch? A container garden is exactly what you need.

Many gardeners will even strategically add containers to their flower garden or amidst their flower beds, just to fill a void that nothing else can fill.

A blah balcony can come to life if you just add a couple (or a couple o’ dozen) planters. A dismal front stoop or a dreary window can come to life just by adding planters.

Growing flowers or vegetables in containers can not only open up a whole new avenue for you, but this form of gardening will enable you to enjoy color from annuals and even perennials when a garden was not an option. It can also bring food to your table like: herbs, and of course, vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, radishes, beets, potatoes, and cucumbers. All this and much more from a garden in a container!

Try it this year, and you’ll most certainly get hooked!

Related GT “Container” Discussions

-- Brad, http://www.container-gardening-for-you.com



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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-31-2010 04:48 PM

your enthusiasm is catching—maybe I will try another planter this year. I actually had one that survived the entire season last year!! Woo hoo.

(and thanks for writing this little article for our Stickies listing).

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 01-31-2010 07:07 PM

I have used container gardening for years. On my deck we grow some veggies and herbs, handy to the kitchen and away from the @#$% squirrels. Also I use them for showing off some plants at the front of the house, and on the lower patio. We still use the gardens on the ground though.

Thanks for all your ideas, Brad.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Brad

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posted 01-31-2010 08:15 PM

Thanks for asking, MsDebbie!!

Jroot, you must be a jack of all trades (gardens)

-- Brad, http://www.container-gardening-for-you.com

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-31-2010 09:57 PM

Like JRoot…....................I’ve been doing both for years. Wouldnt have it any other way.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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sharad

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posted 02-01-2010 01:04 AM

All my prtojects have been done in containers. If taken proper care container garden can be rewarding.
Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Penny

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posted 02-01-2010 07:03 AM

We are building a deck this Spring, and i plan on adding lots of pots too.

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay area....zone 5b

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Bon

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posted 02-03-2010 02:56 PM

Yep containers are great for a lot of places.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

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posted 04-17-2010 10:28 AM

This year, my wife has placed limitations on me. Not so many containers on the deck. She still wants her herbs there, and I think I might add some beats and chard because the foliage is so pretty. Things may change though when I get my seeds from http://ufseeds.com/. I have placed my order, and there are several veggies there. Won’t she be surprised ! LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 04-17-2010 02:12 PM

I have tried ‘container’ gardening with different things, ie green onions, radishes and herbs, just to have them early and handy to the kitchen door. Two years ago I tried a tomato plant in a large container on my front deck, so it would receive the maximum sun. I got tomatoes off it but I wouldn’t call it a great success. I would like to find a cucumber that would grow bush-like instead of vining. Does anyone know of such a plant?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Brad

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posted 04-17-2010 07:38 PM

There are bush varieties of cucumber plants. The ones I’ve heard of only produce fruit for about a month. So you would almost need to plant containers of them at different times so you would have cucumbers all summer.

I think the name of one of them is called Spacemaster…or something like that.

Good Luck,
Brad

-- Brad, http://www.container-gardening-for-you.com

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dini

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posted 04-17-2010 11:01 PM

I don’t know of any bush variety of cukes, but I did successfully grow them on a trellis one year. Just make sure you can either reach THROUGH the trellis, or get behind it to harvest the darned things!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-12-2011 08:11 PM

BLOGS: tagged as “container” http://gardentenders.com/blogs/tag/container

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Aileen Edword

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posted 07-13-2011 05:36 AM

Thanks for sharing experiences with all so container gardening is one of the better option in cities

-- http://www.mightygarden.com/flower-gardening.html

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-14-2012 02:19 AM

here’s a pretty herb garden created by LumberJock “Redbeard”
Click for details

It has three drainage holes in each “shelf”.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 04-14-2012 07:36 AM

Oh, I like this one. Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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