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Growing in pots/containers

A group to share experiences in growing edibles in pots and other containers.

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Artichokes in Plant/Grow Bags

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Apr 17, 2017. 11 Replies

, Container GrowingI have 6 lovely Artichokes that I have to plant out. I have been growing them on since babies and they have been transferred into bigger pots but now need to be planted where I…Continue

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Growing Citrus in Containers

Started by Terry Layman Oct 22, 2016. 0 Replies

Found this article that might be some of you interested in. for the container, I…Continue

Dedicated container

Started by Rob Collings. Last reply by Lissa Mar 26, 2016. 11 Replies

A few weeks ago, I purchased a new trough container as an ode? to the new group. I filled it…Continue

Tags: spinach, eggplant, trough, Container

Jerusalem Artichokes in pots

Started by pat pierce. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Feb 19, 2016. 2 Replies

Last year I planted Jerusalem artichokes in pots for the first time. I am growing as many root knot nematode susceptible plants in pots as possible  over 2 years to eradicate the spread of this pest…Continue

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Comment by Rob Collings on March 24, 2016 at 21:58

Nice list of ingredients Roger, thanks for the why's in your listing as well.

Comment by Natalie Nussey Prior on March 8, 2016 at 11:29
Yes, the tomatoes were what failed. I had good success with herbs and ornamental pot plants.
Comment by Roger Clark on March 8, 2016 at 11:26

My mix is usually made up of compost either my own or mushroom compost, my own water repellent fire site soil, composted horse manure and a good quality potting mix. I also add rock minerals and dolomite if I intend to grow tomatoes, etc. as these can suffer from blossom end rot  due to a lack of calcium. I mix it up in a wheel barrow in roughly equal proportions of the 4 main ingredients and a sprinkling of the R D and D. If planting trees I will fill it to the brim of the pot to allow for slumping of the mix. If it's a vegetable or small tree then I leave more space at the top of the pot as I can easily repot if I need to. If your manure is not very rich add blood and bone, if you can't get compost then add coir soaked in seaweed solution. These ingredients will give an acceptable PH for most plants, but obviously if planting e.g. blueberries, use a potting mix suitable for  Azaleas, or add an acidifying element like Sulphur.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 8, 2016 at 11:05

Everyone has a favourite mix. Mine is OK most of the time ...

Layers of el cheepo potting mix, soaked fine coir, soaked coarse coir, vermiculite, composted cow/horse manure, rock dust, Organic Xtra, Gypsum, topped with own compost and mulched with whatever is to hand (dried grass, whirring from mulcher e.g.)

It slumps quite a bit so I top up with more soaked coir, compost and composted cow manure.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 8, 2016 at 11:04

My mix is 3/4 Compost from my Hot Compost Bin & 25% Spent Coffee Grounds. My Hot Compost Bin consists of a layer of Dry Leaves or Cardboard or Shredded Paper, a layer of Horse Manure, a thin layer of Spent Coffee Grounds, a layer Green Trimmings etc., and then I start over again. I do add Vegetable Scrapes that can't go into the Worm Farms as I need to.

I find most plants love this mix, if I need to add Peat Moss or other additives especially for the plants I am potting I do so when potting up.

Comment by Natalie Nussey Prior on March 8, 2016 at 10:42
I've been experimenting making my own potting mix with mixed results. Compost, sand and rotted horse manure, a handful of charcoal and a bit of osmocote. Anybody have a favourite recipe? Some plants have just adored my mix, but others have not.
Comment by Roger Clark on February 23, 2016 at 6:48

I find that at this time of year, growing in containers is the best way to keep plants alive. I have multiple types of containers from plastic plant pots to, a large (approx. 6 foot x 4 foot fibreglass ex shower / bath container.  All seem to be easier to grow in than my other raised beds which seem very difficult to keep cool and watered during summer. Of course the fact that nearby to my raised beds are hungry trees which no doubt have sent their roots into my beds to seek water and nutrients. It is also apparent that during cooler times it is much easier to get reasonable results by growing in these beds. Without my container growing there would be very little happening here at Park Ridge in the summer.

Comment by Christa on February 19, 2016 at 15:18

I am definitely going potty.  My back yard is full of multi coloured pots. Unfortunately sometimes they are situated and stay where we fill them up with soil.   New for me, is planting trees in pots or tubs. We have longan, macadamia, lemons, figs, and strawberries, blueberries, davidson plum, and many others in wicking pots. An avocado in a large tub.  Herbs in smaller pots.  

Maybe we will experiment now, especially after reading the comments of others, with growing vegies in wicking pots. 

I have never thought of growing vegies, such as tomatoes etc in pots. So much to plan for, isn't it great.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 19, 2016 at 12:56

I have many Plants in Pots especially my Dwarf Citrus, Herbs, Mints Lavenders, Vegetables especially Tomatoes. I find that I can grow Tomatoes in pots and get a much better yield for the same variety, than I can by planting them in the ground.

I use Terracotta Pots and usually they are sitting on large pebbles that keep the Pots cool. In the Herb Garden I have soil/compost built up behind the Pots and it adds to the cooling of the Pots, thus they tend not to dry out between waterings. I also try to place my Pots in the garden with ground covers around them which tends to keep things cool as well.

I do find that the way I use my Pots in the garden and on top of the Pebbles, enables worms to be able to enter the Pots. I have so much crock in the bottoms that holes do not clog.

I am often singing the virtues of Pot Culture.

Comment by Phil on February 16, 2016 at 21:06

I grow most of my edibles in pots due to my terrible soil and plans to move (eventually). I haven't grown sunchokes yet but have grown other root vegetables in containers such as sweet potatoes, gingers (galangal, tumeric, etc), radish, carrots and attempting beetroot at the moment. For root veggies I use polystyrene vegetable boxes due to their weight, cheapness and depth. I've also had success in pots with some trees/large shrubs such as pigeon pea, moringa, rosella, cumquat and guava. The main drawback for me with pots is the constant need for watering them - self watering solutions go some way to help with this but I haven't had much success with the smaller solutions.


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