July 31, 2010
Growing Vegetables in Containers Revisited
I think I should rename my blog "Rainy Day Gardening" I can't seem to get out of the garden long enough to write unless it rains, something that has not happened much around here in the last month but I gratefully woke up to thunder and rain this morning.
If you read my post about Fool Proof Container Gardening you will know exactly what I am addressing here. If not, give it a read. I've learned much more about growing veggies in these little containers and have changed how I am going to do it next year.
Lots more plants would fit into one container than I originally thought. Here is one with a tomato, basil, 2 egg plants, squash and pepper! All happy. See my little egg plant fruit.
All things considered, I am very happy with my containers and will certainly add more next year. I did find that the ones I placed beside my house on the southwest side did much better than the ones that did not receive as much sun - pretty much a no brainer. I did have to move the containers away from the house a little 'cause my light colored siding was putting out lots of heat in the late afternoon - wilty plants!
Another little tidbit: I gave up trying to get rid of the mildew. the natural mildew treatment did work but mildew would come back somewhere else in a few days. I blame it on our terribly humid summers here in Middle Tennessee. It did not seem to hurt the fruit production just made the plants look bad.
About that fertilizer layer: I used 3 months timed release. I needed to fertilize the containers in early July because my 3 months were up. I just sprinkled it right on top of the soil. Everybody seems to be happy and productive now.
Next year I'll start my tomatoes early in the greenhouse and grow everything on that southwest location or beside my deck where the suns shines until about 3 PM.
Happy Container Growing!