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Growing vegetables in containers/bags

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by sumi, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. Oct 18, 2014
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Back to the bagged plants/potted plants, they are looking great. I sat down and carefully pulled all the grass out of the bean pots yesterday, thankfully without disturbing the beans' roots too much. The grass roots were impressive, to say the least!

    The Patty Pan squash DH bought are looking more like Gem squash :confused: Odd, patty pans are supposed to be yellow and flat-ish and these fruit are green and round, but we don't mind. Well, he doesn't, I love patty pans. I'm waiting to see when the beans are going to start thinking about producing.
     
  2. Oct 20, 2014
    Smart Red

    Smart Red Lovin' The Homestead

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    @sumi, I have seen Patty Pan squash in yellow, orange, lt. green, dk. green and white. All different color variations of the squash. All of them WERE flat-ish in shape, though.
     
  3. Oct 20, 2014
    sumi

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    @Smart Red These are perfectly round, like gem squash, so I think that's what they are. I've grown some yellow patties before, they start off yellow and flat-ish. Someone must've mixed up the seeds at the factory, but we don't mind. Gem squash are delish too :) I must take some pics to show you all, I keep forgetting to. It looks like the beans are going to start producing soon too.
     
  4. Oct 22, 2014
    sumi

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    Some pics from today:

    That is NOT a patty pan
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    Beans look happy, now that I've weeded the pots :p

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    You can see another little squash on the plant on the right

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  5. Oct 24, 2014
    goatgurl

    goatgurl Almost Self-Reliant

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    definitely not patty pan but they are looking good whatever they are. going to taste good too. are the beans bush type? they are growing well too. looks like the containers are working out for you
     
  6. Oct 25, 2014
    sumi

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    Yes, they are bush beans. I've given up on runners, because no matter what I buy I end up with awful hard, stringy beans. The bush beans on the other hand just give and give and give and they are really nice. I think this type is called "contender".
     
  7. Nov 3, 2014
    Steffenkbh

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    The local flowerseller usualy have lots of plasticbuckets to spare. Drill holes in the buttom and place them on ther grass where water naturly pools after a shower, that is what my ex do. She is so into breading roses that it is allmost stupid. But I can see the point of beeing able to easely move them when needed, even into the car for transportation.

    The idear of using those bags for invasive species, is just grate. I understand it is so dry where you live Sumi, that you are not afrade of your plants drowning, so a bag without holes in the buttom contain the roots of those plants. Were it you that rote somewhere, '3 inces of rain in a year is what we get here', then I understand the lack of draining holes.
     
  8. Nov 3, 2014
    sumi

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    We got so much rain today, everything is overflowing! I do make holes in buckets, etc, for when we get rain of biblical proportions. It's also handy if I need to rescue a really struggling plant, I dump the whole bag in a bowl of water and let it sit and soak it up.

    We are going to pick our first beans soon! The squash plants however are covered in some kind of bug :( I need to find something to spray them with.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2014
    Denim Deb

    Denim Deb More Precious than Rubies

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    Do you get squash bugs there? If you post a pic of your bug, maybe someone can tell you what it is.
     
  10. Nov 17, 2014
    sumi

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    Oops, Deb, I missed your post. To answer your question, not that I know off. We have lice and stinging bugs that love our pumpkin and squash though :( The beautiful squashes pictured above got taken over by lice, first time that happened to us with squash, so we gave up on them. We don't spray anything unless it's a major pest, like spider mites or white fly, that's threatening our nursery stock, but since we've sold nearly all our remaining plants now, it doesn't matter so much any more..

    On a more positive note, the zucchini that went into the back veggie garden is producing for the world cup. This is the best harvest we've had in 7 years. DH picked these off only 4 plants and that is maybe a 1/4 of what we've picked so far (the ruler is 6 inches):

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    We spoke to the owner of the local butchery/general dealer and he said he'll take some off our hands. At the moment I'll happily swap him for chick food. These little guys are eating me out of the house. Pity I can't just feed them zucchini? lol
     

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