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Is a guide available for container size for vegetables?

Posted by vic01 z4MN (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 22, 11 at 11:40

Due to my worsening back problems and hubby's upcoming surgery, possibly chemo, we are doing entire garden in containers. We have grown peppers in containers for years. I wondered if there was a guide that tells what size container a specific plant needs such as winter squash,cucumbers dwarf varieties, Minnesota midget cantaloupes, etc? Most of our containers are 5 gallon or 3.75 gallons. I know peppers and tomatoes do best in 5 gal. We have waist high beds for the greeens, radishes, beets, carrots, small things. Thanks for any help you can provide.


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RE: Is a guide available for container size for vegetables?

What you might want to do is check out the square foot gardening forum. There are several types of squash, cuke and melon developed just for container gardening. A good resource for intensive gardening is the AZ master gardener's site. The spacing listed on the back of seed packets is based on allowing space for mechanical cultivating and should be ignored as a rule. I have good results from planting peas and beans spaced 3/4" apart. Read the section on the attached link in regards to interplanting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Intensive gardening

RE: Is a guide available for container size for vegetables?

I think most of your containers will be fine for the crops you've mentioned. Some people recommend larger containers for tomatoes, but many people use the 5-gallon buckets. You might want to try one of each and see which works best for you.

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