Courtney (oopadoop) - I have an OT question for you

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Courtney (oopadoop) - I have an OT question for you
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Sat, 04-16-2011 - 6:02pm

Back a while ago, you mentioned doing gardening in big pots. It's looking like we're most likely not going to get to making an "in the ground" garden again this year, but my DD was wanting to grow carrots. Do you think those would grow well in a pot? What about zucchini? I know those tend to be more of a vine type plant, but I didn't know how well those would work in a pot, if at all.

Thanks for any advice you have! :) It's getting to sorta, kinda look like spring here...maybe. LOL! Although, I guess you know what our weather is like since you have similar weather to us - we're in WNY and I think I recall you saying you're in the southern tier?

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Sun, 04-17-2011 - 11:38pm

Hi T.... I've never grown carrots in pots, but I have grown them in raised beds before. You just need to make sure that there is enough soil for them to grow down. As far as zucchini goes, you can grow it in a pot, but most likely the plants will vine out of the pot (unless you train it somehow) and the squash will hang out. I have never successfully grown cukes or zucchini from pots, but i have only tried it twice to be honest. Usually I do a lot of peppers, tomatoes, beans, etc. This year I'm going to put some onions in and see how they do...

good luck chica! let me know how it goes! :)

 


 


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Thanks, Courtney! Our pots are pretty deep, so maybe we can try a couple carrot plants. I suggested tomatoes (done those before), but she really does NOT like tomatoes. I even suggested that we try some leaf lettuce and that was met with an even worse face of disgust. LOL! The kid really is good with vegetables, but lettuce and tomatoes are two that she really does not like (and I suppose I can live with that when she willingly eats broccoli, carrots, beans, peas, most yellow squashes, zucchini, spinach, etc). LOL! Maybe we'll see what we can grow with carrots in one pot and perhaps we'll try broccoli in another pot? Do you think that might be an ok one? Or do those need more space?

Tell me, how do you do a raised bed? Maybe that would work better for us than trying to get a space in our back yard tilled for an in-the-ground garden? Our back yard tends to get either too wet or too dry and I'm not sure it would work well with the way our yard is, but perhaps I'd have better control over things if it was a raised bed? You've peaked my interest.
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 10:28pm
Hi T-

We did raised beds in one of my old houses with railroad ties and a LOT of soil, lol... but I liked the look of it, and it was just nice. It drained better (the yard was generally swampy and REALLY clay-y, so raising it helped a lot).

I've never tried to grow broccoli, as it is one of the few things I've agreed with George Bush on (LOL). BLECH!!!! :P


As a kid peas were one of my favorite things to grow- #1- training the vines was fun. #2- the flowers were really pretty. #3- picking was fun. We used to have shelling "parties" on my grandma's porch. Those and green beans (snapping off the ends was a TON of fun for a kid on a farm, lol). Have you thought of hanging any plants? Hanging tomatoes and strawberries have been really popular around here lately.

Sounds like your kiddo likes more veggies than I do, lol...

 


 


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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 11:00pm
Well, then, I guess we'll try to do the carrots and broccoli and let you know how well they fare in a pot. Still waiting on a bit warmer (and stable) temperatures here before I can even THINK about going and getting starter plants and soil. I'll talk to my DH about the raised bed. We have pretty clay-y soil here, too and our back yard is either swampy or parched and cracking dry. LOL! Sounds like a raised bed might be easier to do.

As for the peas, I remember my mom and dad doing peas one year. They were ok. I liked them raw just picked off the vine. Apparently I'm highly allergic to green bean plants (not to the actual green bean itself, but to the plant it grows on - weird, huh?), so I think I'll just buy my green beans in the grocery store. LOL! I'm actually going to the allergist on Friday next week, so I'll maybe bring that up to them and ask them if they will re-test me, since I tested highly allergic to it way back many many years ago.

Anyway, I think that if we do a raised bed, my DH might be slightly more OK with that (he was dreading the need to rent a rototiller and dig up part of our yard with it). I think he'd be much more ok with building something and raising it up, even if it means that we'd have to go buy lots of soil for it. Thanks for the idea! :)

I'm not sure if I want to do hanging plants. I've seen them, but I'm not sure I like the idea, especially since the only good place to hang them would be on our front porch overhang where they would not get much in the way of sunlight. We have a kind of weird set-up that isn't all that conducive to hanging plants of any kind. Oh well. We'll probably do pots this year and I'll try to convince DH to do a raised bed next year. :)
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