What to plant in large pots?
Hello! Let me start off by saying that I am a long-time lurker, first time poster. I planted my first container/balcony garden last year, and am currently planning for this year's garden. This forum has been hugely helpful, and I've gained a lot of knowledge by searching the forums. :)
My husband brought home two large "cast stone" (?) pots from Sam's Club this weekend... If I've calculated correctly, they hold about 18 gallons each.
Last year, I attempted to grow indeterminate tomato plants in 5 gallon buckets... We harvested about 6 decent tomatoes. I'm fairly certain the pots were entirely too small for indeterminate tomatoes, and our summer was just too darn hot.
This year, I'd like to try tomatoes again, in these 18-ish gallon pots. Can I plant an indeterminate in these? Or should I stick with a determinate? If I plant a determinate, should I plant just one per 18 gallon pot? Or could I perhaps plant two in one pot? Or perhaps some tomatoes and basil in one pot?
What other things could I plant in these large pots? I'd like to try some zucchini or eggplant, but I'm not sure what size pot would be right. I'd hate to plant something small in such a large pot... As I am growing on the balcony, I'd like to be as efficient as possible with the space I have.
Any other suggestions for container vegetable gardening are welcomed with open arms!
Thanks in advance for your help!