'Packing' vegetables in containers?
I see (in gardening books and on-line) lots of pics of containers just packed with mixed vegetables and herbs. A tomato, a cuke, a basil, a marigold, all sorts of things, will all share the same container. I think these mixed plantings pretty, but is it practical? I realize that they would require frequent watering/feeding--probably very frequent when everything is full grown--but would the quality of the vegetables suffer?
I use Al's 5:1:1 mix. For containers, I'm either going to be using pretty unglazed clay pots--or really ugly plastic 50 gallon drums sawed in half. That's another question. Would a thick-walled plastic drum or terracotta pots be best for this sort of planting?