New to container gardening...

GardenMama22January 20, 2013

Hi, im new to growing vegetables in containers. My son and i do the gardening mostly and with the last 2 years not very well we want to try something new. We are gonna do tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and a few others. i could use any advice that anyone can give me. I love to garden with my son, but hate it when he sees how hard we're wrking to get the garden goin and it doesnt do well at all. we even tried raised beds. but seems like the ground just dont like us. so now we try containers. thank you in advance.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I think the most prevalent source of frustration for container gardeners comes from the relation between soil choice and watering habits. Understanding how your soil works advantages you by putting you on the uphill side of any battle. ;-)

My suggestion would be to familiarize yourself with the concept explained at the link I'll leave below, to the degree that you'll understand how to implement it. I think an understanding of the information I'll link to probably represents the largest step forward a container gardener can take at any one time.

You'll find lots of good guidance by experienced growers here, so good luck!

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: More here if you click me ....

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:09PM
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calistoga_al

You mention being new to growing vegetables in containers, so I guess you are successful growing them in the garden soil. The veggies you mention are all full sun, summer grown, container or not. You give no clue to where you live and garden, which limits the guessing of what could be wrong. Al

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 10:29AM
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lgteacher(SCal)

Growing vegetables in containers is more challenging than raised beds. You have to use fairly large containers and be diligent about watering. Do you know why the raised beds were not successful? Do some reading on Square Foot gardening and that may help you discover what you can do to have more success.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raised bed garden

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 12:24PM
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