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Container Gardening for Cooks

I've seen all kinds of vegetables in container gardens, except for a few. Melons sprawl all over a garden, and cabbages need plenty of elbow room (though I'll bet it has been done by a green-fingered soul). Lettuce will work, though it won't stick around like bell peppers, herbs, or tomatoes, mainly because greens are belong to the Plant-pick-and eat club. But you can't go wrong with cherry tomatoes. Just give them a nice, deep, well-drained pot, rich soil, and a stake, along with organic fertilizer, and the 'maters will keep giving and giving all summer. 

I selected a large, lightweight pot that had a pre-drilled hole, which I immediately plugged with a small rock so water wouldn't immediately gush out.

This early in the year, pickings were slim at the package store, but I managed to find a delightful cultivar: Black Cherry. You can research black tomatoes HERE.

I'm also growing herbs and edible flowers from seed, along with a "magic" pot that's supposed to attract wild birds. 

If you're in the mood for something fresh and versatile, you might want to pot a few Strawberry Plants. In previous years, my mother and my husband have planted berries in the yard, but they didn't have much luck. So I thought I'd try to grow them in pots.

I found some small pots at the package store.

  Planting them gave me the heebie-jeebies. The strawberry plants were way too large for the tiny outcroppings on the jar. Bandwidth encouraged me to divide the plants (there were 2 in each pot). Everbloomers went into 3 pots; All-Star blooms in June; those plants went into the 4th jar.

I don't know which one of us went into shock first--me or the berry plants.

I felt sure they'd all die, but the plants perked up in a few hours. According to my research, the flowers should be removed during the first growing season to promote a sturdy root system, but I'll have to toughen up before I can pick those dainty blooms.

I'd love to plant a red, juicy patio tomato, too. Do you have a recommendation?

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Container Gardening for Cooks


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