WHAT VEGETABLES GROW WELL IN CONTAINERS?
Many gardeners have small plots, but they need to grow everything they need, some exotic plants, and flowers. What should I do? The solution is simple.
I live in the private sector, and I have a plot of 8 acres. There is a house, a large garage, a bathhouse, a shed with an asphalt area for parking a car in the summer season, and a cellar. Accordingly, at best, exactly half is left for planting, and on this half there are two 3x6 m greenhouses, apple trees, pears, plums, 21 grape bushes, currants, honeysuckle, raspberries, and strawberries grow. Potatoes and other necessary vegetables are grown on free plots.
Naturally, the question arises: how to grow both vegetables and flowers for the soul? I have been growing annual flowers in pots for a long time. For the last two years I have been planting asters and zinnias with grapes. Previously, I planted greens and hot peppers with it, but then I abandoned this idea: like it or not, the grapes require processing, without them you can’t count on a harvest.
I experimented with growing vegetables and green crops in various containers. I want to say that the most problem-free vegetables that grow well in a plastic paint bucket are hot peppers and basil. Peppers should be placed no more than two in a 10-liter bucket, basil - 3-4 plants. Although basil grows well in a greenhouse between tomatoes, if the plantings are not thickened.
I had experience growing tomatoes in a plastic construction bucket and metal barrel.
But I didn’t get a harvest either there or there (I don’t count two or three tomatoes as a harvest). Maybe I planted varieties that were not suitable for containers or did not care for them correctly, but my experience was unsuccessful.
I couldn't grow a pumpkin in a metal barrel either. The problem was that the pumpkin sprouted long lashes, which began to hang over the sharp edges of the barrel and get pinched, some breaking.
I wrapped the edges with foam rubber, but under the weight of the juicy fruits the lashes were still pinched, and there was no way to organize a garter, and I noticed it too late. In general, this option turned out to be too troublesome for me.
Next year I want to experiment with planting pumpkins in a 25-liter plastic bucket and tying them with vines. The variety I chose was Guitar, in my opinion it should be suitable.
I just can’t grow a decent harvest of cucumbers in plastic buckets and a metal barrel, although I’ve been trying for three years now. This year's harvest has already been better than the past couple of years, but there is still room for improvement. My neighbor has been growing cucumbers only in plastic buckets for the last four years, and she has enough to eat and pickle. This means I'm doing something wrong, I'll keep experimenting.
Reference by topic: We sow pumpkin and cucumbers in a barrel - reviews of gardeners
But I got a good melon in a metal barrel. She also grows vines, but not as long as a pumpkin, and the leaves are smaller, so at first I twisted them in a circle in a barrel.
The melons grew medium in size, very sweet and ripened earlier than those growing in the greenhouse.
Also, for two years in a row I have been growing marjoram in an old burst baby bathtub, and it is also growing well. This year we were able to grow rosemary from seeds for the first time. I planted it in 2,5 liter pots and brought it home. In winter, I picked it from the windowsill and added it to dishes.
This year, a friend of mine grew a gorgeous zucchini in a plastic fruit box. He covered the bottom with polyethylene, made holes in it and filled it with fertile pound. I want to repeat his experiment next year, and I will also try to grow onion sets in fruit boxes. I will definitely report the results at the end of the season.
GARDEN IN CONTAINERS - VIDEO
© Author: Ivan SVISTUN Ishimbay. Bashkortostan
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