Monday, September 28, 2009
When customers as us "can I grow this in a container?" we often say yes, because we read somewhere that it was possible or other customers have told us they grew it in a pot. This year, we turned a significant portion of our deck into a container garden. We planted tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, beans (in a bean planter with string trellis not show in this photo), herbs of all types, radishes, lettuce, eggplant, arugula and cilantro. Let me tell you, this was very hard work. Much harder than the house garden where we usually grow these plants. The good news is, we got a lot more peppers and eggplant because it was very hot. The bad news is we spent twice, maybe three times as much water and the time involved in keeping the plants well watered. We used big - 3 - 5 gallon - plastic containers for the tomatoes, squash, and Manzano peppers, and 3 gallon EcoForm pots for most of the other peppers, eggplants and herbs. I understand a lot more about what patio gardeners go through in keeping their plants healthy. Next year, we will only grow peppers and eggplant on the deck and keep the others in the garden, where they can survive one, two, sometimes three or four days without watering if there is fog. Good experiment, though.