Advice for good production veggies in Earthtainers.

l1a1rocker(8)March 19, 2011

I'm in the middle of a move (to the central Texas Hill Country area) and that has delayed my spring planting. . .that being said I'd like some advice.

I built 5 Earthtainers last year and I'm almost ready to put them back into production. Two are dedicated for tomatoes and the other three can be used for whatever.

I'd like some suggestions on what to plant in the other three. I'm looking for something that will be produce a lot all season long, not just a bunch at once and be done. I'm thinking green beans and maybe butter beans but I'm just not sure - I do have a good trellis design for the Earthtainer that goes up 10 feet.

Please help...

Also, can anyone suggest a good tasting, sweet indeterminate tomato of medium to large size?

Thanking you all in advance.

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rnewste(8b NorCal)

Cucumbers do quite well in EarthTainers:

Eggplant would be another suggestion. When you have cooler weather in the Fall, you might want to give Snow Peas a try.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 1:39AM
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cucumbers are an ideal Ilike pickles. do you recomend a specific seed as being superior? Also, in late fall, what type of letuce would broduce most? Or is it soo little that it is not worth the effort.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 2:52AM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

Cukes I have had success with are: Diva, Sweet Success, County Fair, and Straight Eight. Never grown lettuce, but it should be easy.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 3:04AM
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I don't think I'd use the Earthtainer for lettuce. You could grow leaf lettuce in containers that are about 8" or 10" tall. They work well.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 7:50AM
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rnewste, would a smaller eggplant, such as Ichiban, need any kind of support in a container?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 12:13PM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

Eggplant do fine in the EarthTainer. Here are 4 plants my neighbor grew a few years ago:


    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 7:50PM
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Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans do quite well in SWCs.
I've grown them for years. By far, they have produced the most per square foot of growing area for me of any vegetable. Need at least a 6' trellis.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 4:44PM
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Is there any reasonable difference in using peat vs potting soil in the 3-2-1? Peat is a good bit cheaper, I think potting soil is mostly peat anyway.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 10:04PM
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