4. All varieties that we have tried mature more quickly in a container taking from 10-25% less time to ripen.
- Peppers, especially hot peppers
- Eggplants, especially Asian eggplants
- Heirloom Tomatoes
5. Plants grown in container gardens produce as many vegetables/fruit, but in some cases the fruit/vegetables are smaller. This is especially true for melons.
6. Pole beans and pole peas are a much better choice for containers than their bush cousins.
7. In a Zone 5-6 climate, we have had spinach, kale, beets and carrots winter over. We have had peas producing in December.
8. Root vegetables, especially onions, garlic and shallots will rot quickly if they are watered near maturity. Do not water these vegetables within three weeks of harvest.
9. Container tomatoes must have at least three applications of bone meal, spaced two weeks apart to prevent blossom end rot.
10. Never use timed release fertilizers in containers.
11. Because of the rapid ripening, most crops can have at least two plantings in a season.
12. There is a magic ingredient for container gardens and its name is TurfPro.
13. Some of the nicest container plants we have grown are:
- Mexican Sour Gherkin
- Parisian Pickling Cucumber
- Queen Anneís Pocket Melon
- Lemon Squash
- Lemon Cucumber
- Swiss Chard
- Any round or blunt tipped carrot
- Charantais Melon
- Minnesota Midget Melon
- Dr. Carolyn Tomato
- Sweet 100 Tomato
- Green Zebra Tomato
- Scarlet Runner Bean
- Hendersonís Dwarf Lima Bean
- Dwarf Grey Sugar Pea
- Morning Glories
- Japonica Striped Maize Ornamental Corn
- Many Herbs
D. Landreth Seed Company
60 East High Street, Bldg #4
New Freedom, Pennsylvania 17349
For Assistance call 1-800-654-2407