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Greg M Peters

Joined: Feb 16, 2010
Posts: 74
The kids, dogs, and gardens post got me thinking.  We have a big deck that gets sun, but not much actual dirt that gets any.  I tried growing greens and some peas in the strip of dirt that's there, but nothing really did all that great.  I did do tomatoes and tried bush cucumbers, also some peppers, in containers and they came out ok.  I am really interested in expanding to more stuff in container gardening, but short on details. 

I've heard of growing potatoes in garbage bags , any one done this?

How deep do raised boxes need to be for kale and chard if the boxes are placed on a cement deck.  How about carrots, beets, etc.  Could you do this in a fairly short, box, or does it need to be over 12 inches deep? 

Is there a good way to keep the moisture from watering off of the deck surface - tarps, plastic, etc. or will this prevent adequate draining? 

Finally, is there a rough estimate of how heavy dirt is? Kind of a silly question, and obviously dependent on how wet the dirt is, but important for figuring out where to put a bigger container.  I don't want to break my deck.

Lots of questions... maybe the sepp holzer presentation will answer these.
Kristen Lee-Charlson

Joined: Feb 13, 2010
Posts: 56
"Fresh Food from Small Spaces" - great book on this topic

edibleMISSOULA, a quarterly publication, endeavors to create and grow community through our connection to local foods.
Greg M Peters

Joined: Feb 16, 2010
Posts: 74
Thanks I'll check it out. 
paul wheaton

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 17410
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
The holzer presentation won't cover this, but holzer has done a lot of interesting work in the space of urban permaculture

Container gardening is something I did a lot of when I lived in the university neighborhood about 15 years ago.  Moderately labor intensive.  It can be done, and there are a lot of fascinating things in that space. 

A bit more on this topic can be found here.

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Joined: Oct 23, 2011
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When it comes to limited space for planting we like the "Square foot Gardening", not exactly a container gardening book but great ideas that you can apply to container gardening.


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As for spuds in a barrel, I did see it done in a report on "Gardening with Cisco" on the Seattle news.
I wonder if you looked online for archives maybe you could find the footage?

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Any body using those up side down hanging tomato containers??

We are having trouble with the soil & roots getting to hot in the sun, any ideas?

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So today I made jackets for our up side down planters out of that silver bubble insulation.  I'm hoping that this will keep the roots cooler.

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What is the best method for watering container tomatoes?
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