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« Topic Start: July 17, 2009, 04:16:14 pm »

I have no where to plant in the ground and was wondering how hard/easy it is to container garden?  Also is it to late to start?
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« Reply #1: July 17, 2009, 07:07:47 pm »

I have no where to plant in the ground and was wondering how hard/easy it is to container garden?  Also is it to late to start?

The only herb I've had trouble container growing is rosemary. It just gets rootbound to quick. I've grown them in coffee cups on the window sill, standard pots of different sizes, and right now I have basil, thyme, lavender, tarragon and oregano fighting for space in a whiskey barrel! If you put them on a window sill inside you can start them at any point in time. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2: July 17, 2009, 07:37:19 pm »

The only herb I've had trouble container growing is rosemary. It just gets rootbound to quick. I've grown them in coffee cups on the window sill, standard pots of different sizes, and right now I have basil, thyme, lavender, tarragon and oregano fighting for space in a whiskey barrel! If you put them on a window sill inside you can start them at any point in time. Hope that helps!

Container gardening is really easy, and there are lots of good books on the subject. I have had no trouble at all with rosemary, but that may be b/c I live in a mediterranean climate, so it just likes it here no matter what. I have one pot of mints, one pot rosemary (it's 3 ft tall, now), one pot of various flowers and thyme, and one of assorted herbs that I switch out and add to, from time to time. The important thing with container gardening, I find, is watering enough. Plants in ceramic pots need a lot of water. Also, being mindful of how windy and hot or cold your outdoor space is, is an important factor when you are picking out plants.
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« Reply #3: July 17, 2009, 08:53:37 pm »

The important thing with container gardening, I find, is watering enough. Plants in ceramic pots need a lot of water. Also, being mindful of how windy and hot or cold your outdoor space is, is an important factor when you are picking out plants.

What Rose said. My entire garden is all containers, since it's a rooftop garden, and I've had no trouble growing herbs; in fact, many have overwintered in this Northeast U.S. climate, much to my surprise.
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« Reply #4: July 17, 2009, 09:11:50 pm »

I have no where to plant in the ground and was wondering how hard/easy it is to container garden?  Also is it to late to start?

It's easy with good potting mix, enough sun, the right amounts of water.  Many herbs can be moved indoors over the winter, although some may go through a natural dormant season-not seeming to grow much.   

I'll also recommend finding a good book on growing herbs and flowers in pots. 

It's not too late to start, you may even find some good deals on starter plants and seeds, right now.   
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« Reply #5: July 17, 2009, 10:03:06 pm »

I have no where to plant in the ground and was wondering how hard/easy it is to container garden?  Also is it to late to start?

The tough thing about container gardening is even, consistent moisture.  As plant roots grow, it becomes more difficult for the soil to take up water, so I like to soak my containers now and then toward the end of the season or during hot, dry weather (which we don't get much of here).  As far as what to grow, it depends on your growing zone.  Are you in northern or southern Missouri?  In the north, you should have a solid couple months of growing season left for things like basil, and a little longer for perennials like rosemary.  If you're looking for flowers instead of herbs, you can grow just about anything.  Nightshade family flowers love the heat of summer (petunias, nicotiana).  You can also try sunflowers.  A trip to your local nursery is probably in order.  They'll tell you what other mid-season varieties do well in your area.

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« Reply #6: July 17, 2009, 10:13:31 pm »

I have no where to plant in the ground and was wondering how hard/easy it is to container garden?  Also is it to late to start?

We have most of our herbs in pots now, since they have shown they just don't like our soil. They are doing well, but they have to be watered every day when the high summer temps hit here. 100+ temps dry out pots fast.
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« Reply #7: July 17, 2009, 10:46:38 pm »

We have most of our herbs in pots now, since they have shown they just don't like our soil. They are doing well, but they have to be watered every day when the high summer temps hit here. 100+ temps dry out pots fast.

even over 70 will dry mine out, b/c the deck off my kitchen where all the herbs are is really sunny most of the day.
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even over 70 will dry mine out, b/c the deck off my kitchen where all the herbs are is really sunny most of the day.

Watering spikes are my answer to the daily watering problem.  Essentially, they're a platic spike that has a hole in one end and the other attachs to a plastic soda bottle, which is filled with water.  They aren't pretty or the ideal solution, but easier than daily watering.
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« Reply #9: July 20, 2009, 03:03:36 pm »

Watering spikes are my answer to the daily watering problem.  Essentially, they're a platic spike that has a hole in one end and the other attachs to a plastic soda bottle, which is filled with water.  They aren't pretty or the ideal solution, but easier than daily watering.

You can get decorative watering spikes - I think I saw them at Fred Meyer a few weeks ago.
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« Reply #10: July 20, 2009, 03:17:07 pm »

You can get decorative watering spikes - I think I saw them at Fred Meyer a few weeks ago.

Yes I saw some at Target a while back.
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« Reply #11: July 21, 2009, 06:49:32 am »

I have no where to plant in the ground and was wondering how hard/easy it is to container garden?  Also is it to late to start?

I grew all my herbs in pots (and all my veg) although one thing that did amuse me one year was when I was attempting to move the herbs that had been in the same place for a couple of years (well established, very happy in their pots) I found that they wouldnt budge. Turned out their roots had gone straight through the bottom of the pot, through the gravel the pot was on and into the ground. No wonder they never seemed to be pot bound! I left them as they were then and according to my mum are still very happy and going well with her cooking Smiley

I'd suggest getting starter plants for containers rather than growing from seed, mainly because if your anything like me when growing things from seeds, theres always a million more plants than you wanted! My mums garden is full of lavender plants now, she was so fed up with having about 20 lavender pots (after giving loads away) she planted most of them into the ground. They are doing quite well! Anyway, starter plants will mean that you buy exactly how many you want/need, but be sure to check that the plants are healthy etc.
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