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Comments On - Container Garden Containers


I live in sand on the Central Coast of California. It is too cool here for tomatoes so I buried large pulp pots in the sand, up to their rims, filled them with good compost, planted my tomatoes (Sweet 100 and San Marzano)and then topped them with 3.5' high clear plastic tubes I found online. The tubes came without any air vents so I slapped on some duct tape and cut holes. So far, so good. I am harvesting the best Sweet 100s I've been able to grow in my ten years here. The San Marzonos look terrific but are still green. I am hoping the pulp pots will last 2-3 seasons.
Diane, Los Osos, CA
Posted: 7/13/2013 2:43:32 PM
I've used flagstone boxes, raised beds built with large rocks, logs and urbanite (broken concrete chunks) for years. Yes, wood rots, but isn't that fine with you? I just make sure that there is sufficient nitrogen available for my plants and then I chop and grind the wood up for my compost. You still get years of use out of it.

I've grown hundreds of demonstration gardens in bags of mulch and soil. I'll set these up in friends' yards just so they get the feel that they can grow something. The only downside I've found for those is the bits of plastic left over after you've harvested a couple of seasons. They are NOT UV stabilized bags.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 3/21/2013 1:42:17 PM
Good points to remember.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/24/2013 11:49:24 PM
A new option for container gardeners is the Phytopod vertical gardening container. They come in a variety of sizes and have the novel feature that you can plant all over the outside of the container to get a maximum of plant production from a small footprint. You can find out more about them at www.phytopod.com or on facebook where there are lots of great pictures of them.
Eluem, New York, NY
Posted: 1/19/2012 7:47:56 PM
Thomas, container gardening can be as creative as the person doing it. My container garden this year was Impatiens and Begonias that were in hanging plastic baskets watered every day by a drip watering system. Every three weeks, I give the flowers a dose of Miracle Grow. I figure I'm not eating the flowers so I don't have to be quite as perticular about organic growing.

My gardens are in the backyard and get some of the run off from the neighbor's yard who has a yard service taking care of it. I try the best I can but there's just no way I could get to a totally organic garden in my yard. Thanks for the information about containers.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 9/5/2011 6:46:25 AM
There are some other considerations. Air-pots are one. I use them for a lot of my crops. They are constructed so as to keep the roots from circling the pot. Good price and re-useable.
Another good option are breathable fabric pots. Now companies are also making them with handles.
Last but not least - self-watering containers are wonderful but in some areas of the country this still means filling them up everyday for bigger plants like tomatos.
Davilyn, Landers, CA
Posted: 9/3/2011 9:24:34 AM
An issue with plastic is that most plastics leach harmful chemicals into the soil. Can run into the same issue as with galvanized steel. Just a warning.
Vicki, Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 8/31/2011 4:10:00 PM
Great information but you seem to be stuck on the "drainage" issue. Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to have a hole in the bottom of your pot? Consider sub-irrigated containers that have a water reservoir in the bottom and allow the water to wick up via capillary action into the soil as the plant needs it. Consistent, steady watering, great root zone oxygenation, water conservation, impossible to overwater, no leaching of minerals or nutrients, lower maintence... wow, it just seems too good to be true. Sub-irrigated planters, or SIPs are not a new idea, either. There was a patent issued in the early 1900's. They can be as small as a simple pot and as large as a whole field.

Easy to make, easier to use. Check them out on the web.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 8/29/2011 7:37:52 AM

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