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Post by ReadyMom on Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:57 pm

Container Gardening
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Container Gardening has its advantages. The container can be moved to wherever it is convenient including the sunny spot of a mostly shaded yard. The ideal sunny spot in your yard may not be conducive to an in-ground garden. That is, your perfect garden location with the best sunlight may be located on a slab of concrete, or in a rocky area of very poor soil quality for example. Placing a container garden in that spot is a perfect solution.

Being in a container, the plants and roots will be protected from pests and critters which dig through the ground such as ground moles or gophers. If you are renting your living space, and if you decide to move, you can simply take your garden with you. In short, the container garden method is simple to set up, easy to maintain, and is a great way to produce some food for you and your family.

One thing to remember though, is you will have to pay closer attention to watering the soil in a container garden since it will dry out quicker. It helps quite a lot to add a few inches of mulch on top.   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by Dave58 on Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:36 pm

I'm going to try growing inside this winter. We have a extra room that we do nothing with and some extra lights that i'm not using in my shop. I'm just not real sure what to try yet

The closest I've come to indoor container gardening is a small dish of basil sitting on my window sill! Embarassed

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Post by rick1 on Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:23 am

Dave58 wrote:I'm going to try growing inside this winter. We have a extra room that we do nothing with and some extra lights that i'm not using in my shop. I'm just not real sure what to try yet

The closest I've come to indoor container gardening is a small dish of basil sitting on my window sill! Embarassed

Dave, several year ago I started/planted 4 tomatoe plants in the garage over winter, they grew to about 5 feet tall. I had them under lights, not growing lights, they did get blossoms on them, but then they all fell off and I ended up with just a plan plant.

If you do decided to grow something, you may want to invest in regular growing lights.

I often think about putting in a large step out picture window in the garage and growing something, but I'd rather invest the money in LTS. Good luck and let us know if you do grow something this winter and how it turned out for ya. Cheers2

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Post by rick1 on Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:01 pm

Dave, here's a good article from better homes and gardens about what type of lights to use indoors for plants, hope it's helpful to ya:

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/choosing-plant-grow-lights/

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Re: Container Gardening

Post by Cinnamon on Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:53 pm

Hmmm...maybe a grow light is what I need. Since I moved the herbs into the cabin, they're looking peaked. They are in a south window, too.

The orange tree and the lemon tree are thriving intheir southwest corner.

The tropical/low sun plants look good, too - hoya carnosa, aloe vera and angel-leaf begonia.

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Post by dmwalsh568 on Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:08 am

Yeah, grow lights are a must. I have two of the AeroGarden systems with LED panel lights and I've been able to grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and herbs with no problem. Regular plants in the house don't do too well in the winter, but the extra light from the panels makes all the difference. And if your plants can take it, putting mylar reflectors around the growing area will increase the amount of light they receive from whatever you're using. I did that to increase tomato yields on one unit, but haven't bothered with the other one that I use for lettuce or herbs.
Also, if you're growing anything that flowers, remember you need to tap the flowers or maybe cross-pollinate depending on the plant. Tomatoes are happy with just tapping them, but some others might need more handling.

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Post by Cinnamon on Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:16 pm

Does anyone know of a small aqua-ponic system? Is that the right term? No soil, plants grown in water?

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Post by ReadyMom on Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:23 pm

Hydroponic gardens don’t need soil.

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Post by dmwalsh568 on Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:41 pm

Aquaponics is a mix of hydroponics and fish farming. As ReadyMom stated, hydroponics don’t use soil. Usually seeds are put in a plug of growth medium to keep it in place while the roots are either constantly submerged or periodically flooded (ebb and flow system.) by adding fish farming you get protein as well as produce, but the systems can be hard to keep balanced. If you can keep the system working you just add fish food and the plants are fertilized from the fish wastes. Elegant solution.

My AeroGatden units are technically an ebb and flow hydroponic system since the roots of the plants aren’t submerged all the time, well not until the plants get really big and the roots start filling the bottom of the grow bowl. I’ve never tried aquaponics...and I’m not sure how well I could keep that going post event...hard enough in normal times.

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Post by rick1 on Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:17 am

I guess you can call this container gardening.

Salad from garbage:

https://www.almanac.com/blog/gardening-blog/salad-garbage

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