Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Veggie Garden

When I was first married, we lived in a rented house that had a good sized backyard. It was all lawn, but I asked the landlord if I could rototill the back half and grow a veggie garden and since she was into growing veggies herself, she agreed, as long as I promised to put grass back there if we ever moved away, which I eventually did.
I grew corn, green beans, onions, radishes, brussels sprouts, carrots and I don't remember what was 29 years ago!
When my dad died, we moved in with my mom and I didn't garden anymore. Then we moved into a mobile home park and there was nowhere for me to start a garden.
14 years ago, we moved into a manufactured home on a foundation and I have a small yard. I tried to grow some veggies...cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, etc, but the bugs got to most of it, plus our soil is very sandy and made it difficult to grow anything.
For the past 5 years, I have been growing tomatoes in pots on my patio and that has been working out great (see photo).
This morning, while out on my daily walk, I decided to try to start a container garden. I've been researching the Internet to see what kinds of veggies can be grown in pots and containers and it appears that I can grow just about anything in containers that I can grow in the ground.
Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me? Like when to plant specific veggies. Should I use seedlings or plant seeds? I need all the help I can get.


  1. I love trying to grow tomatoes, but I'm not very good at it. I still enjoy trying though.... I really don't know a whole lot about gardening to offer any advice. I'm so sorry about that. I know someone that is the Tomato Growing King though, & he's such a wonderful man. Here's his link if you would like to take a look.

  2. Hi Hollie. Yes, I've seen his blog.

    I buy my tomato plants at Lowe's Home Improvement Center. I've better luck with theirs than with any I've bought at WalMart or other stores. This year I bought a "Patio Tomato" plant and as you can see by the photo, it is doing fine.


  3. I try to grow a few tomatoes in pots. Last year I also tried squash, green onions and bell pepper, but none did well, not even my tomatoes. I think the heat was just too much. Haven't decided whether to try this year. Good luck, Sheila

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog.....i have had a container garden for the last three years....grow tomatoes, peppers and last year green beans....i use 10 gal buckets that i got from the bakery at the local grocery store (cake iceing buckets) with small holes drilled into the bottom for drainage,a real good potting soil and seedlings...also the locals here in the Blue Ridge told me to put a penny ($.1) into each tomatoe container ...??!! did it and have had great luck!!!

    Enjoy.....LindaMay retired from Pratt&Whitney Aircraft and brother still works there... the FL branch!!

  5. Hi....we have always had a place to am not much help on container veggies...last year we planted a "topsy turvy" (you can get them at Walmart now...I ordered ours)...and yesterday we did them again...they are just for fun...but the yield is good...and you can plant other stuff in them...peppers...etc...good luck...and your plant looks great...hugs...Ora


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