>Off the Beaten Path>Gardening Question?
This weird, I know. My husband is deploying. I thought growing a garden would be fun for the kids and I, plus fresh fruits/vegis- yummy. Here's my issue- 2 dogs (1 eats my garden), and crappy soil (I live on a beach, so it's sandy and not great for vegetables. I'm doing an elevated container garden. What fruits/vegetables work well in containers?
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Your best bet, as you've figured out, is to bring in soil. Whether you want to fill a bed (large volume) or use containers, both should work. Containers should lessen the watering need.
I've seen tomatoes do well in small pots if they are kept watered. Herbs as well. You could also try bush cucumbers and pole beans. We once kept a jalapeno plant dug from the garden alive in a dark basement over the winter with a grow lamp. We took it outside the next year and it produced more peppers.
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Peppers, tomatoes, I have a pot for herbs on my deck. It does well. One year, I did a pizza garden with my daughter. She liked it.
Thanks. I live in FL, and this is the best time to plant-- not so hot, but above freezing...
I have green peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries. I have two windows for planters (herbs). Two larger containers for carrots and green beans.
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I started a gardening thread for this year. It's not too early.
RE: the OP's question, as spaniel said keep your plants watered. That would probably be your greatest challenge.
... pots ... Herbs ... dark basement ... grow lamp.
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Let me add spinach is crazy easy to grow in a container. Mine goes in a raised bed (and will again if this darned winter ever ends). I harvest right off the plants at mealtime and still end up with more than I can use.
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I bet your kids would get a kick out of the Topsy Turvy hanging planter for tomatoes - I grew red bell peppers in mine last year, and I was going to try burpless cucumbers this year. You really have to water it twice a day, though. It doesn't hold enough dirt to stay hydrated.
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We've had good success with tomatoes and bell peppers in pots, not so much in the Topsy Turvy (dries out too quickly because the water tends to sink to the bottom of the container, leaving the deep roots on top to dry out).
Strawberries also work great, asparagus, and onions, and of course, all kinds of herbs. If you grow basil, thyme and oregano, you've got some of the more expensive herbs always fresh at hand and can even save some money. Sage grows well in almost any soil, too.
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