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Comments On - 7 Tips for Container Gardening


Great article. Very helpful for those who are looking at starting this process or becoming more successful at it.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 3/1/2014 8:39:44 AM
Thanks for the info.
Greg, Hampstead, MD
Posted: 12/31/2013 1:44:24 PM
Tip #8. Please make sure your containers, support structures and watering systems are food safe. Food grade plastic has recycling numbers 1, 2, 4 or 5 on them. PVC & Vinyl are #3 and in time chemicals leach out contaminating soil, that soil contaminates the food. Styrofoam is a #6 and has cancerous effects. Plastic w/ #7 contain Bisphenol A, which is harmful to the behavioral growth of children. Old tires are toxic.
Deb, Allentown, PA
Posted: 5/11/2013 9:26:11 AM
I would strongly urge people not to use peat in their containers. They are tearing up peat lands that took thousands of years to develop to get peat for people's gardens. It is not a renewable resource on a human timescale.

The peat industry likes to quote statistics about the acreage of peat lands in Canada, but the reality is much of that peat is in parts of the country with no roads and is not easily accessible. They are extracting peat from isolated peat bogs in Southern Canada for the most part, where most of the wetlands that were there at the time of European settlement have already been destroyed.

I have stood on the shore of a peat bog and witnesses first hand the devastation caused by the peat mining industry, and I think people should be aware exaclty where their garden soil is coming from.
Ivriniel, International
Posted: 3/15/2013 9:06:04 AM
EXCELLENT article. I am a firm believer in container gardening, and have put it to use in many locations, on nearly every continent around the world, over the last 45 years. Sunlight and a water source are crucial, but the rest is up your own innovation. The advantages of home-gown produce are innumerable.

One suggestion - I do not add new soil annually to each pot (not readily available in many locations). Instead, in late winter I empty five or so pots at a time onto a soil hill and churn it around, leaving it in the sun for a week or more. Meanwhile, I scrub out the pots and leave them out in the sun as well. This gets rid of many problems, from harmful bugs to plant-borne diseases. the soil is turned every day or so. Then,when I am ready to plant seeds or seedlings I return soil to the pots and proceed with planting.
Without this treatment, I could not grow tomatoes or any related plants in the same pots without a three-year hiatus).

I also make triangular "T-Ps" from bamboo sticks stuck in each pot (tied at the top with garden string; these provide support to the plants as they grow. I loosely tie the various branches to the poles with garden string.

If an unseasonable frost is predicted, set each pot into the bottom of a 30+ gallon plastic bag, pull up the sides and fasten to the top of the bamboo poles. Leave in place until the frost dange is gone.

Happy gardening, in pots !
Joni, Doylestown, PA
Posted: 3/13/2013 6:42:58 PM
Looks like it would work well in tight spaces.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/14/2013 11:32:55 PM
I haven't had much success with container gardening. Maybe I'll try again following this guide and see what comes up
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 7/30/2011 7:35:12 AM
I have found that for me, living in the desert southwest, sub-irrigated planters are the absolute best thing going. Controlled soil, never any water stress, minimal maintenance, water once or twice a week, even when the temperatures are over 100*F. Now that's a great system
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 5/17/2011 8:09:33 AM

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