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7/7/19 7:20 A

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anybody ever had luck with tamarind? I had to move a bunch of plants out of my boyfriend's apartment when he got cats and now I have naked spaces in the windows. (south facing windows! I think it's a crime to leave them empty)

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I have done the herb containers most years. I had some basil in the garden one year, but normally it is in containers. The year I had it in the garden we had a ton of rain that summer and everything got huge. Normally we don't get much rain and I have trouble keeping it watered, so the containers will help with that.



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My husband wants to have a vegetable garden in our back yard using containers and so far the pepper seeds are growing and the herbs are looking good.

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Thank you for that information. From what you have said I think the pots I was given will cover the needs for what I have. My plants aren't really larger than seedlings right now. I only got them the middle of May and they were pretty small. I've had them in the front (south) window until we are able to safely plant here. I think it will stay above freezing now. I hope so, anyway.



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I have grown grape tomatoes in 5 gal black pots for years. They are inexpensive. I have grown broccoli or basil with them successfully. I grow strawberries in pots too. I have some ripe berries from 2nd and 3rd year plants now. Diatomaceos earth sprinkled on the plants helps decrease snail, aphid and caterpillar damage. It's inexpensive and non toxic too.

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The size container you need for tomatoes depends on the type of tomato you have. Tomatoes can get large and heavy, so you want a container that will hold enough dirt so that the weight would prevent the plant from causing the whole container to tip over. You definitely want to use some sort of support, such as a wooden pole, to tie the tomato plant to. And be sure to put that down deep in the pot too. Also, tomatoes are heavy feeders, so the larger the container, the longer it will take for the tomato plant to use up the nutrients. You also want to make sure to leave at least a couple of inches at the top of the container to make it easier to water and also so you have room to top dress it with compost. Only one tomato plant per container. I use large planters for tomato plants.
You can grow zucchini and other squash in containers and let the vines go over the side, can even put all the containers in your garden. The fox shouldn't harm the plants, since they are definitely larger than seedlings. If you do want to plant seeds in your garden, you probably want to somehow fence them off until they get larger, so the fox doesn't crush them if he decides to sleep in that spot.
Flexible row covers should help protect any plants from hail, though you can easily put some stakes in the pots too and cover them with a sheet if hail is in the forecast.
10" pot holding 2 gallons of soil is large enough to grow a pepper plant or a bush cucumber plant. A 12" pot holding 3.5 gallons of dirt can support a standard size tomato plant. 1 box 1' square and 1' deep, holding 7 gallons of dirt, should be large enough to support a squash plant.

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It has been a long time since I've been on here and this year I may have a lot of questions about container gardening since I have a fox in the yard that naps in my garden just about every afternoon and I don't think planting a garden in there with him sleeping there would be such a great idea. So I have been gathering containers from neighbors who don't want them anymore to plant at least my tomatoes and Anaheim peppers in. Is there a certain size that would be required for the tomatoes and peppers? I have grown cherry tomatoes in a muck bucket before, but this year I have only Romas and the larger tomatoes.

Other than those things, can I grow other things in smaller containers? I know that some things like Zucchini or other squash would grow over the sides of the pots, but would that be okay? I have seeds that I had also ordered that I don't know if would mature or not. Our planting season hasn't really started too well yet. We finally got over the snow, but now we are getting hail.



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@cbrinkley, that is great info!

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One thing about celery is the kind you buy in the store is "blanched". To get the stalks that pale green, they wrap the celery plant, usually in something like burlap, with ties that will expand as the plant grows. You don't have to do that right away, but once the plant gets bigger you need to do that, just letting the leaves be above the wrap.
On the other hand, leaving the stalks exposed to the sunlight will allow them to be a darker green, but I think it also adds more flavor to them (and vitamins too). Of course, if you plan on using them in cooking, you have to account for the stronger flavor by adding less celery to the recipe (I'd start with about half what it calls for) and then tasting so you can adjust the amount properly.

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I had never thought about this before, but someone mentioned using the stem end of her celery and that the leaves and thin little stalks were starting to come up. Now I'm thinking that planting celery stem ends in my container might be a really cool thing to do.

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I'm thinking of adding Artichoke - Green Globe in a 4x4 and Asparagus - Martha Washington in circle collapsible containers, to a new section of yard for my garden this year. My thinking is that the artichoke will help brace the asparagus, and the asparagus to help shade the artichoke. to be clear the asparagus would sit behind outside of the 4x4 holding only the artichoke.

First attempt on this would like to hear of any others thoughts and ideas on this. Hoping to knock this out of the park on a first time around attempt. Also will be using seeds for these plants. Thank You

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I'm jealous too! It was below freezing here today: 25F (5 degrees below normal temps for this time of year). That's a big change from the low 40s and sunny on Tuesday and low 50s and rainy and windy Monday! I still went for a walk today, the first of this year! Trying to get back to exercising daily, walks if the weather cooperates and workout videos if it doesn't.
The warmer weather earlier plus the rain means the ground isn't frozen, but it IS soggy! Hopefully the cold temps plus no snow cover will mean some of the bugs in the ground will die off and not be completely out of control next year!

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I'm jealous, SKIMBRO! Windy and near freezing here. But I'm plotting my first indoor seed starts a mere month away...

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It was a beautiful day so I worked on my porch potted garden.

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MAMADEE, I totally agree about the salt buildup. My solution to re-using soil ('cause I'm CHEAP!) is to nuke it. I dump what'll fit on a pyrex pie sheet, moisten it, and microwave it until its dry. But then _everything_ in the soil is dead, so I mix some fresh compost or garden soil into it and if I'm growing something that needs to fix nitrogen (peas, beans, clover...) I mix in a bit of mycorrhizal fungi to the cooled soil.

As for cheap starts, check out the book Don't Throw it Grow it. I've had good luck with edibles like chives and ginger. And sometimes the cilantro or basil at the store comes with some roots attached and you can pot those up. Carrots are pretty easy to get going, but I don't have enough pot space to really yield carrots indoors and they aren't (in my opinion) a beautiful plant, so I haven't repeated that since I had an outdoor place to transplant them to.

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I dunno anything about Texas weather, but I know peas and lettuces like cool weather, so I'm guessing the _only_ time you can grow them is in the early season. I also had collards overwinter in Massachusetts, so I'm sure they'd have no trouble with the cool season. Even with a warmer climate, I'm guessing sunlovers like tomatoes have to grow in spring and summer.

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Waiting for the weather to become more agreeable so I can transplant some items and start new seedlings.

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It depends on what plant died in the soil and if it was from disease or insects. If it died from disease, you might be able to reuse the soil (adding more nutrients of course as they do get used up quickly in containers), but you have to be sure not to grow the same type of plant in it or any others that are susceptible to that particular disease. Let us know what type of plant it was and what it seems to have died from and we can possibly suggest which other plants to avoid in that container if you want to reuse the soil.
When growing in pots, often plants will die from overwatering instead of underwatering. That's especially true of houseplants. Mine seem to do best if I just water them weekly (cacti and succulents maybe only monthly). If the plants are outside, especially if in full sun, they will dry out faster and may need to be watered daily or sometimes twice a day if it's really hot, dry, and sunny. Again, the larger the container, the more water it can absorb and retain, and so the less often it needs to be watered.

Of course, depending on the size of the container, you may also want to just start fresh with new soil. You do want to be sure to sterilize your container after you empty it out - usually putting some bleach in the water you use and soaking or scrubbing it, then letting it dry completely, should take care of it. I usually use the same soil in my pots, but even if there is no disease, I will start fresh every few years or so (the larger the container, the longer I go between changing out the soil). That is because salts (and some insects, like the fungus gnats that I was battling one year) can build up in containers, which doesn't happen when planting in the ground.

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This is the thread for me! I have absolutely no place to plant in the ground.
And it's become obvious to me that if I want to eat what I grow, I need to learn how to grow it better than I've done in the past.

I did post in another topic "Tell Us About Yourself" where I mostly explained how bad I am at growing stuff. LOL

ANYTHING you can share, direct me to on this site or others online, books, etc. - as long as it's free I'm willing! Stuck on a fixed income in a small apartment with limited sunshine, especially this time of year. But I do have an apparently healthy Aloe Vera (& 4 baby plants) and a fake bamboo plant (money plant?) that seem to be impervious to my brown thumb! (I have managed to kill or destroy about a dozen other plants, some edibles even - ugh)

I'll read or be told of things that help, or should help, to grow healthy plants...
...adding some rabbit food pellets to soil
...mixing epsom salts into the water
...using used tea leaves, coffee grounds, bits'n'pieces of whole food scraps, etc. as a compost of sorts - either just leaving them on top of the soil in the pot OR mixing into the upper layer of soil in the pot.
There's probably been a few other ideas I've tried - this year I'm keeping a book/log/journal of everything related to this venture!
I really want to eat something I've grown and feel safe in knowing it's not contaminated with anything!

So my first question... can I, should I still use the old soil in the pots from the plants that died? Or is it best to start again totally fresh everything?

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Are you talking about planting in containers or in the ground? And are you thinking of herbs, vegetables, flowers, or a mixture?
With containers, often the main issue is water. Filling an empty 2 liter soda bottle or even a milk jug with water and putting it upside down in the soil can work as a vacation type waterer, so at least you wouldn't have to water daily or twice a day depending on the weather. You do need to add some type of food to containers, as the nutrients in the soil do get used up. Mixing in organic matter such as chopped up leaves does help, both in keeping the soil looser and in adding nutrients as they break down. Top dressing with compost during the growing season is also good, so you want to make sure you leave enough room in the pot for that.
Once we know what types of plants you are interested in, as well as where you are planting them, we can be more specific. I live near Chicago, so I'm not familiar with Texas weather this time of year, though I do believe it also depends on where you are located in Texas.

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I am trying to figure out what to plant that do not need a lot of attention during the winter. Any suggestions. I live in Texas.

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My potato plant among the calla lilies did quite well this year. The potatoes weren't huge, since they were also competing with the calla lily roots/bulbs, but they were a decent size.
As to the sweet potatoes, we ended up putting them in the garden instead of in pots. And since we didn't scatter them all around, but ended up putting them in the same area, the mice DID find them and ate quite a few. Even had a mouse nest with 3 or 4 babies in one of the rows. Discovered them when we were digging up the sweet potatoes. So we covered them up with straw and finished digging. And we left the too small sweet potatoes plus the bits left over from the ones they ate near the nest. Momma mouse came and checked on them a few times while we were digging, just to make sure they were ok. I knew she would move them, but would wait until after we left to make sure we didn't know where they were moved to. We ended up with a bushel of sweet potatoes, some weren't very large, but I can always cook and mash those.

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That sounds right, Cathy. Maybe that is the way to always plant sweet potatoes...grow them up a little in loose dirt and then put them in the garden with more loose dirt.. Let me know how yours turn out this year. Hope your potato plant among the calla lilies hangs in there. emoticon



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I decided to plant flowers in the big planters this year and plant the sweet potatoes in the ground. Unfortunately, with all the rain we've had, I haven't been able to plant them in the ground yet, so they are still in pots. May have to put them in larger pots until the ground dries up enough so I can plant them.
When I've bought plants from the Home Depot near us, the variety is Beauregard. But I too had some sweet potatoes from the store that started sprouting, and I have no idea what those are. I ended up with close to 3 dozen plants! No idea where I am going to put them all.
When I plant them in pots, they grow all the way to the bottom of the pot. The soil is nice and loose in there. They don't get that large when I plant them in the ground. I'm guessing yours also got big when you dumped them out and put soil over them for the same reason - the soil was really loose and they had room to grow.

As to the pots I usually plant them in, one is full of calla lily bulbs (I had them in 3 pots, and hadn't taken them out in a couple of years, just took off the soil on top and put in new soil. I finally took them out to put in fresh soil, and found I had lots more than I expected) Besides the 5 large clumps I found, I had over 60 other bulbs! And I also noticed that I have a potato plant growing in the large planter that is full of calla lily bulbs! I'm curious to see how well the potato does in there. I've noticed that the looser the soil, the bigger the potatoes get.

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I just found this thread. So what did you do with the sweet potatoes?

I started off early with sweet potatoes but like with the lettuce forgot and left them out on the deck and they froze in one of those quick overnight single digit nights. I was so upset with myself.

In 2010 I planted sweet potatoes in a barrel when I was at home full time. I had space but decided to do the barrel thing instead. I didn't think they were making as soon as they should and I had a tilled space in the garden unused, so I carefully dumped the barrel out so that I didn't disturb the vines and heaped a little more top soil over them. By October I got the best sweet potatoes I have ever grown. They were deep orange and so sweet. I got 80 something sweet potatoes out of that pile in the garden. I am not sure if I would have gotten that many anyway without dumping them or if dumping them gave them a little more room to spread out and root. Any ideas on why?

Oh, I should add that for the small space I had never got this good a yield by planting them in the regular garden and the taste was soo much sweeter and the color deeper. I just used sweet potatoes I had bought at Walmart when I planted so I am not sure if the variety had something to do with it, too. Sure wish I knew what variety they were, but they were just left over eating potatoes that I hated to see go to waste and I never thought to look when I bought them.

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Sounds good. Hubby has been replacing the flooring and top rails on our deck. Hopefully it will be done in time so I can put my planters on the rails again. I like planting salvia and petunias in them for the hummingbirds, but also plant in some herbs for us. Haven't decided if I want to use my big planters for sweet potatoes again this year, or if I want to just plant them in the ground. The vines do make an attractive ground cover, but tend to make a mess when in the planters on our patio.

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I have some herbs that overwintered and some strawberries coming back. We can't start new plants until it stops getting too cold at night. It has been plenty warm most days, though we have had a few days with very high winds. Some of the bulb plants are past, but the lilacs, forsythia and some of azaleas are starting to bloom.

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my fall crop of tomatoes (same potted plants) is ripening. It's time to harvest some of my herbs (mostly potted) too. I will cover my orchids if it is cool overnight, but staying above 40. If it is to get cooler than that, they will be coming in.

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My tomato have numerous green berries and I have started picking the ripe ones and eating them. I grow mini varieties and I look for the sweeter varieties so they have some flavor as snack food right off of the plants.

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I read through the entire thread. Lots of wisdom. Thanks! emoticon

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I brought several container plants with me on my vacation to my camper. They are seedlings that are struggling due to to many cool overcast days. I'm determined! Husband says it's to late in the season. I say they can always come inside in the fall! emoticon emoticon

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If there are coffee shops near you, they will often save coffee grounds for you. I use diatomacious earth (DE) too, but I'm not adverse to trying multiple deterrents all at once. There's always the can lids filled with beer (or if you don't drink, like me, I think putting some dry yeast and sugar mixed with water in the lids may also attract the slugs to the traps).

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I already have fragmented eggshells, but that didn't stop the slugs or the ants. It looks like maybe the possums and coons don't like the texture of the diatomacious earth either even though it is non toxic, so I have fewer partially or mostly missing berries too. It looks like a light coating also deters leaf eating insects too. The plants seem to be tolerating it fine. Coffee grounds are a bit harder to come by here since none of us are coffee drinkers.

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Ground up egg shells also help protect against slugs, and don't need to be reapplied after each rain. And used coffee grounds are another slug deterrent that don't have to be reapplied after rains (plus they are rich in nitrogen, as well as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals).

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My strawberries that overwintered again are producing. It seems some wildlife like the berries too, so I get to share some. Basil seedlings are coming up and I even have one tomato plant with some little green tomatoes on it. We have had some heavy rains and there has been some bloom loss on flowers, but no major damage. I have put down diatomaceous earth down around some of my plants for non toxic insect and slug deterance, but heavy rains mean I need to go powder my pots and plants again.

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I live in an apartment and am seeking ways to start an herb garden for fresh herbs. Any advice is fantastic.

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I have lemon balm, aloe, and cantaloupe going right now. Used to do basil, stevia, rosemary and tomatoes. Amazing how the material of the pot, light angle, actual height placement (on sidewalk, 2nd story, table, etc) and heat changes things.

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Great idea! You'll have to let us know how well they do.

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Trying carrots in pots using organic garden soil...maybe they'll get bigger than bite size

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My in pot and in ground thyme, Oregano and Columbine (older plants) are blooming now.

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Two things you need to look at is how much light are they getting (and different species have different tolerances) and do you pots have good drainage since waterlogged soil isn't good for plants. Some plants are also more sensitive than others to pH.

If you are not getting enough light, some grow lights may help.

A lot of large designer pots have no drainage. Plastic ones can easily have a couple drilled through pretty easily - even with an awl, ice pick or phillip's head screwdriver. Tiny stater pots may need to be watered more frequently since they can dry out faster. If very small seedling are kept wet, they may rot. I water around seedlings wetting the soil the soil near them instead of pouring water on them. I have been raising grape tomatoes, broccoli, and basil in pots for years. I also have sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender that have been around for years (like about 25) some potted and some of each planted. Potted plants need to be repotted every of years and given a bit of fertilizer after they have been in use for a while. My spinach patch was destroyed by construction, so I will be trying to add them into my tomato pots too. They are in about a 5 gal pot that I have a bunch of. Carrots might work this way also.

Is there any chance the seedlings were shocked by a colder night? If that is the case covering them night help. Plastic containers or stakes can be used to protect seedlings and then tarps put over them. In a really rainy spring you may need to shift pots or tarp them to prevent "over watering" trauma if they can be rained on. Of course not enough watering can be deadly too. Seedling generally need fairly small amts of water pretty frequently.

If you are just starting this, you might want to try buying seedlings that are already established then try starting seedlings indoors around Feb. Good Luck

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I am seeing some new growth in my thyme (pots overwintered outside near house) and the potted aquilegia (Columbine - ornamental) is starting to grow out. I am back at trying to "de-onion" the lawn and pulling some of the other undesirable (to me) species too.

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Start off buying seedlings at some of your local suppliers. Starting from seed is a bit harder since we need to start many of them inside before the growing season starts. Finding the right young stock and for you may take some trial and error since personal preferences vary.

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That's good to know!

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Cinnamon is also supposed to be a great way to prevent fungus in your soil.

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MAMACHAE74 - I'm not sure what may be going on. Damping off is a tough one as it is a soil born fungus. You have to make sure you are using fresh soil as well as thoroughly cleaning the pots (use a bit of bleach in the water and really scour them). You may also want to sterilize the soil you are using, which can be done in the oven by heating the soil mix in a 200F oven until the soil reaches 180-200F and continue for 30 minutes.
One article I read suggested using copper to drench the soil or on seedlings, though it can slow down the growth of very delicate plants. Homemade solutions using chamomile tea or garlic can sometimes help.

Below are some links to some of the articles I found on Damping off:

www.thompson-morgan.com/damping-off
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damping_off
davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view
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I love containers! I've got some annuals and wild flowers in a few, then I'm also doing basil, thyme, rosemary and cilantro. Last year, I even dug up my pepper plants from my garden and kept them in containers under a light in my bathroom (warmest room in the house). They just went into the garden last Saturday. But, I'm most excited to do pumpkins this year. I've got a big 10 gallon nursery pot I've decorated and I'm doing the sugar pie type, since they're smaller. Wish me luck!

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Hi, I have tried to start a garden on my patio (I live in an apartment) and I cannot get past the sprouting stage and then there is death. I have gotten discouraged, I have applied all of the techniques my friend has told me and have not been successful. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am trying to grow green onions, basil, rosemary, cucumber, tomato, chard, lettuce, onions and bell peppers. This year I didn't try because I haven't been successful in the past. any advice will be accepted:)

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