I moved into my house about a year ago, have watched the pattern of the
sun every day, and have finally concluded that the only place I can
really put vegetables is on the back deck. I may decide to sacrifice
the deck for garden space at some point, but I'm not ready to make that
I've been looking at a variety of containers, e.g., the EarthBox, the
"tomato kit" that Gardener's Supply sells, and so forth, but they seem
very pricey. I thought I'd ask folks here what kinds of containers you
recommend, and what kinds and names of plants you have grown
successfully in containers. While I realize that just about anything
can be grown with a big enough container, my house is on a busy corner
and it's important that the containers and plants look nice, too (no
big garbage cans full of tomatoes or anything).
Do you think self-watering containers provide enough of an advantage to
concentrate on those? Or do you think the average 5-gallon bucket does
the trick just as well? What kinds of vegetables have you grown in
containers? I am particularly interested in tomatoes (who isn't?) and
perhaps summer squash, but open to any ideas.
Gardener's Supply also has an interesting upside-down tomato grower.
Anyone ever tried that?
Thanks in advance for your help!