Growing vegetables in containers

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kaytee

Growing vegetables in containers

I have a tiny courtyard garden and have decided to try growing vegetables in containers this year. I don't have a lot of experience so would be really grateful for anyones ideas on what to grow and any tips for successful crops.

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Jen

vegetables in containers

I tried growing vegetables (for the first time) in containers last year. I used ordinary black plastic containers (very cheap from a well-known supermarket) approx 70cm by 40cm by 35cm deep and recommended compost for vegs from my garden centre. Following instructions re feeding, watering and general tending in a 'grow your own vegetables' book my rhubarb, small tomatoes and courgettes were very successful but the butternut squash, though prolific with stems and leaves and the start of 1 or 2 squash did not do well and nor did chillis. This could most likely be down to me as a beginner and I will certainly be trying again this year.

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Biggles !

vegetables in containers

Hello Anonymous, a name would be nice, we grew squash successfully last year but in the garden. The plants throw out enormous shoots which put down rootlets in the soil. I'm just wondering if that might be a contributory factor in them not growing well.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers all grow well in pots. Cukes don't like the wind on them. These are what I have grown in pots successfully, there must be masses more. Don't forget the herbs too. Rosemary does not usually like rich soil but you can have thyme, marjoram, chives, tarragon. If you can protect them from frosts they will be in your garden year after year. Basil grows well outside in a protected postion too during the warmer weather. Parsley & flat leaf parsley might do well but lasts for about 18 months and needs to be renewed. You might be lucky with coriander, that is one herb we are just not having any success with. It grows well and then bolts.

Happy growing and eating :0)

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tilly

container veg

runner beans grow in large pots ditto dwarf beans grew pots last year in bags they were brill, have seen tomatoes in hanging baskets

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Biggles !

Growing veggies in containers

Hello Jen and welcome. Hope you have success with your squash this year if you are going to try again. Must be honest, we used the plants last year as a form of weed suppression and as protection for the melons which we under planted.

 
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