Top Questions About Vegetable Container Gardening

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Questions About Vegetable Container Gardening

Asked by
melly on
May 19, 2012

Q. Do I need to use “fresh” dirt for my potted vegetable garden?

I’m a first time gardener starting in pots. The pots previously were used for annuals. Should I start with new dirt?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 21, 2012
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As long as the plants you had in it before were healthy, there's no reason why you couldn't use that soil. However, you may want to take it out and refresh it by mixing in new soil or compost.

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Asked by
BERNIE R on
August 27, 2012

Q. vegetable garden

I want to start a veggie garden in a plastic rainwater tank. What are the best combinations of materials to use? The tank is 66cm deep. Hope someone can help.
Regards, Bernie

Answered by
Heather on
September 9, 2012
Certified Expert
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When gardening in a container, it is best to use a soilless mix. This will help prevent compaction, which makes it difficult for water to get to the roots freely and for the roots to grow well. You can either buy a soilless mix (aka potting soil) or you can make your own. This article will help you with making your own:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soilless-growing-mediums.htm

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Asked by
dvpoulsen on
October 10, 2012

Q. Do I Need to Do Anything to Maintain My Garden Boxes During the Winter?

We had the first frost in Utah. I have cleaned out the boxes and turned the dirt. Do I need to do anything else? Also, is there anything that I can plant during the winter?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 10, 2012
Certified Expert
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It sounds like you've done all you can thus far. There's not too many plants that will survive winter, so you may just want to wait for spring planting.

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Asked by
thorold on
January 19, 2014

Q. balcony gardening soil

Why can’t regular soil be used on the balcony for growing veggie and herbs? In the article it says synthetic soil only.

Answered by
Heather on
January 20, 2014
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Soil from your yard will compact in containers, which will make it very hard for your plants to grow a healthy root system. This happens because of 2 reasons.

First, garden soil contains fine ground rocks that naturally fit together. Think of how sandstone is formed and the soil in your garden is what sandstone was before in compressed.

Second, out in your yard or garden, there is a thriving, complex ecosystem that is continually aerating the soil (preventing the compaction from the first reason). Things like burrowing critters, like earthworms, bacteria, decomposition of organic material and water make sure that most soils in the garden stay uncompacted. Clay soil is the exception because it has a high, fine mineral rate, which is why you need to add organic material to clay soil.

In a container, the area is just too small to maintain the kind of ecosystem. There is nothing to stop the minerals and ground rocks from coming together. And roots have a difficult time growing that way.

When filling your containers, you don't need to use synthetic. You need to use organic material only. Compost, well-rotted manure or peat moss will work well, as will store bought potting soils, which are typically made up of a combination of these materials.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 12, 2014

Q. Powdery mildew

It is on my indoor edible plants.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 13, 2014
Certified Expert
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Try neem oil. Very effective and not harmful to people or animals. Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 6, 2015

Q. Gardening vegetables in spot filled with earth and manure

I am confused as to how to begin. Will I meet success if I make use of the terrace by growing vegetables in earthen pots? Here, my fear is about the space getting dirty and the likelihood of the weight sitting on the terrace. Would it damage the house?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 6, 2015
Certified Expert
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That is not really a question we can answer. You would need a builder come look at your house and terrace to check how much weight the structures could take. That being said, this article on terrace gardening may have tips to help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/building-terrace-gardens.htm

As far as the place staying clean, most people do not have much of a problem with the space getting dirty from garden containers.

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Asked by
Clstrycharz on
March 15, 2016
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Q. vegetables in pots

I live in the city in Miami. I really would like to grow vegetables in pots. What are the best plants to grow in pots in south Florida?

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