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Growing in containers
« on: January 25, 2010, 17:51 »
Im hoping to grow some veg in buckets about12" long and 20" deep does anyone know what will be suitable to grow so i can get some seeds this weekend thanks ::)



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Re: Growing in containers
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 18:11 »

Carrots like Amsterdam forcing(baby carrot)or parmex or I think "atlas" is another round rooted type.

Letuce like little gem, mixed salad leaves and compact types of courgettes (just bought "soliel", yellow type) for container growing.

I hope others can advise better, as I am too looking for advice on parsnips.



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Re: Growing in containers
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010, 18:29 »

Forgot to mention I grew spring onions (white lisbon) and raddish (cherry belle+french breakfast) in containers last year.  Lots of types available.


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Re: Growing in containers
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 21:59 »
You can grow anything in containers if they're big enough. Last year I had about 45 various sizes and grew everything from spring onions to cabbage and potatoes. In all, fourteen different types of veg, not including the usual greenhouse crops. Having scrounged a load more I have nearly 100 for this year including flower tubs, fish boxes, a baby bath, plastic wheelbarrow and more. The great thing with container growing is you can start them off under cover to get an early start (if you have a greenhouse) and put them out when the weather improves. You can also make sure the growing medium is just right for the individual crop ...not always easy on the plot. I keep my main veg area for staple crops that we use a lot of. Everything else goes in tubs.



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Re: Growing in containers
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 22:06 »
swiss chard is a good one as you can cut it and it will produce again and again , and i did some beetroot and little gems ,carrots leeks and dont forget potatoes
when im with my 9yr old she's the sensible one



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Re: Growing in containers
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010, 10:10 »

This is what I am planning to grow in containers this year,

Runner Bean - Red Rum
Climbing French bean - Blue Lake
Swiss chard - Bright Lights
Carrots - Amsterdam forcing & Paris Market Atlas
Beetroot - Perfection 3
Lettuce - Paris island cos
Radichhio - Forget variety
Sprouts - Red Bull, maybe 2-3 plants
Tomatoes - Tumbler, Balconi, Tiny Tim, Gartenperle, Maskokta ?
Chillis - 10-16 varieties
Spring onion - white Lisbon
Raddish - Cherry Belle & French Breakfast
Courgette - Solile F1 & another bush type
Cucumber - Marketmore, Spacemaster & a French Gherkin (Mr F's)

Maybes are,

Tomato - Black Krim, Black Truffle, Pineapple, Sub Arctic Plenty, San Marzano, also several more types

Celleriac - Giant Prague X1
Cabbage - Red Drumhead x 1
Cauliflower - Red swiss ? x1
Kale - dwarf type
Turnip - Dwarf type
Parsnip - Dwarf Type

I don't know that I have the room or all the varieties are suitable, but it's worth a go as I have the seeds. (The one's which say x1 mainly)

I am growing some bits like cabbage,sprouts to practice sowing and giving them to my sister who has an allotment, she can then pass them on if need be.



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Re: Growing in containers
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2010, 10:37 »
Should be able to grow plenty in containers that size.

Last year I grew the following in containers about the same size:

Carrots (Autumn King, Red Samurai)
Parsnips (Gladiator F1)
Beetroot (Alto F1, Chioggia Pink)
Courgette (1 plant per container)
Cucumber (Burpless Tasty Green - 1 plant per container)
Spring Onions
Brussel Sprout
Runner beans
Broad Beans
I even have Purple Sprouting Broccoli in them (and it is just starting to show some heads now - yum!)

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