New To Gardening

January 22, 2008 9:48am CST
Hi I've decided that i need a new project this year, the problem i have is living at home and not my own garden. I was going to get an allotment but everyone has said bad idea. What do you think? The alternative is growing vegetables in tubs etc. Do you think this can be successful? If so please can you tell me do you grow things from seeds or do you buy the small plants? I have just bought some early potato's to see how they grow. If you have any other tips for me i would be grateful for them.
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@sarcos (201)
• New Zealand
24 Jan 08
Oh yes you can definately start some real nice gardens in pots and tubs. I have my own place but I still have plants around in pots and such as when they finish flowering and things I can replace with next lot of plants not just veges either. great to give it a go
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24 Jan 08
it's mainly veggies i want to grow as my mum grows all the flowers she wants anyway. Also i want to use the veggies in salsa's and chutnies. Hopefully be useful for when we have a BBQ this year. Do you have any suggestions to what i can grow in pots successfully??
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• United States
24 Jan 08
How much room do you have for these containers? If you have enough room you might consider putting together raised beds , that is building a box that will be above the ground or where ever you want to put them and put in good growing soil for the plants. You could rise the "bed" by first putting cinder blocks, bricks or what ever is easy for you to get and will not rot, to the height that you want and then make a box of wood that you have water proofed ( but make sure to put in drain holes so that it does not get too soaked unless you are growing water plants.12 inches of good planting soil should have enough for most plants and if large enough you can grow several different kinds of plants in that raised bed.
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22 Jan 08
i had the same problem as you a year ago so i rented an allotment and the previous years i used large containers and they didnt produce much of a yeild and the quality was poor even the strawberrys did badly, the soil you get on an allotment has been treated for years and is perfect for growing. potatos help your soil by breaking it up i like to plant them in soil that hasnt been planted for a while. i grow my plants from both seed and plugs depending on the time of year and the type of plant for exaple beetroot cannot be transplanted so it has to be sown into the ground at seed.
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24 Jan 08
Since i've put this discussion on here i asked at the local council about an allotment, there is a really long waiting list for an allotment. So think i will have to try the tub version first. Thanks anyway
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
22 Jan 08
Yes, you can grow things in tubs and other containers. But if you've never gardened at all before, take the time to learn whatever you can about it. There are gardening web sites as well as good books on the topic. Different kinds of vegetables should be planted at different times of the year, in different locations (some need a lot of sun, some don't). Large plants like squash and melons don't usually do well in containers because they need room to spread out. Potatoes need a lot of room underground, too.
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22 Jan 08
Thanks for your help i will look into all the different things i can do.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I've always gardened in containers... I had a garden plot for years, but it was too much work! With containers, you work on one at a time, they can be moved, etc... all advantages! Tomatoes work the best, but I also grow every herb you can imagine, a fig tree, peppers, squash and cucumber vines, and edible flowers. I buy plants... I have a short growing season, so its the best way. For potatoes, I'd get something like a big washtub or whiskey barrel, punch the bottom full of holes, and add bagged garden soil or a good mix with time-release fertilizer to about 1/3 the depth of the container. Make sure the pieces you plant have several 'eyes' and you'll have the best chance of good production. Potatoes need to be kept out of sunlight, so as the plants grow, fill the tub with straw instead of piling soil around them ... you'll harvest perfectly clean potatoes! You can put black plastic around the top of the pot to keep it dark... just let the plants poke through. They may not get too big, but they'll be delicious!
28 Jan 08
Thanks for that advice, i can't wait to try all of it. Where do you live? Here in the UK depends on what weather we have to what will grow. I have a small plastic greehouse so if the weather is not too good, at least i can grow squashes in there. So are you growing anything this year? it would be good to hear how yours is getting on during the year. Thanks again
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I'm going to try... the past year was a bit rough, but I'm feeling better every day. I'm in Washington State... we are on the same latitude as you, and our weather is nearly identical! I love it in the UK... I only got to visit once, but it felt like home! Part of my front porch is a greenhouse... it can be closed off in winter and heated with light bulbs. We take the plastic walls down and just leave the lattice and the clear roof up for the summer.
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• United States
22 Jan 08
How easy is it to get to your allotment? If it is easy to get to and there is easy access to water and you or someone else) have prepared the soil properly then I say that you have a good chance of succeeding in the allotment. This will also give you a chance to meet other gardeners (newbies as well as more well versed gardeners to exchange information as well as to help in other matters such as security (to help keep theft from taking place by non gardeners that do not want the work but wish to reap the benefits). You might also think about growing a few things in containers at your place. Some plants can grow together so that you can have two or more crops from one container at the same time. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
22 Jan 08
The allotments are quit a way from where i am. There will be a lot of work to get it ready for march/april So what veggies could i put in the same containers?
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• Canada
21 Feb 08
You silly, billy...the wonderful countryside is for more things than storing "redneck" toys. LOL. All over Canada, every town, city or village, there is allotment gardens. A plot of aerable land, donated to persons who wish to grow & share. We even have allotment gardens on roof tops, "sod" roofs so to speak. Gardening/sharing is encouraged to increase our "green spaces." Allotment gardens bring all walks of people together, to get their hands dirty. Many share their crops, as in; you grow tomatoes, and I'll grow potatoes.
@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
I am quite surprised to hear that it has been suggested that "allotment" gardens are a bad idea. In Vancouver, Victoria, B.C. and in most of our cities, there are allotment gardens everywhere, boulevards, roof tops, let your imagination soar. They are very successful and have bonded so many communities, of all backgrounds. Something about gardening that brings us all together on equal ground (no pun intended.) I do a lot of container growing, due to a deer problem, and I have absolutely no problems growing anything from the curcubit family; cucumbers, squashes, even "loofas" in containers. All peppers, & tomatoes whom are happiest with warm/hot roots grow relentlessy in big black pots! I can move these around on my deck to follow the sun. I use old umbrellas to stick in the pots when it rains as we are really subject to "fusillium" and "fusurium" wilt on tomatoes. Old umbrellas I find at "freecycle" stores. 90% of my herbs are grown in containers, too. I find that my plants get spoiled a lot more, being on the deck, as I tend them with morning coffee, and evening cocktail. Happy gardening!