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ive been semi succesful (lets just say i had a few bothced attempts due to a 2 and 5 year old that like to play with dirt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) attempts at growing some commonly used veggies in containers. However i need some help.<br><br>
The carrots we planted i didnt put enough soil in, i dont know what i was thinking. Can i transplant them? they are still in the early stage but are growing nicely and each have at least 2 sets of uh leaves? ya'll must know what i mean.<br><br>
Can i grow herbs from freshly bought store ones? if so how?<br><br>
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you can root some herbs from the grocery store and plant. you can just put a few sprigs in a glass of water for a week or so.. when you see roots they can be planted. this won't work with all herbs I don't think, just some. though I am not sure exactly which ones? I have done it before myself but it was several years ago & I can't remember what worked or not! sorry I am not much help! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
I am trying my hand at veggie gardening in containers. our soil is awful, but I am determined to grow food this coming year! hence why I will do most in containers. I planted greens yesterday and some chives! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I am hoping to do garlic soon. I will be growing these on my patio and plan to bring some of them inside/cover at night when it gets too cold (for the most part our days are mild in the winter though). Eventually I plan to set up a small greenhouse, I plan to convert my dog's kennel one of these days, that has never been used(somehow covering it with plastic, then a shade in the summer..). it's perfect, as it has a door and everything!! I'm in southern AZ btw.<br><br>
5 gallon buckets are good for growing things..you can even get your local restraunts to save their pickle buckets for you if you don't want to have to buy them!<br><br>
ETA_-this link! (very inspiring!)<br><a href="http://www.verdant.net/food.htm" target="_blank">http://www.verdant.net/food.htm</a>
 

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I highly recommend "McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers". It's by far the best and most comprehensive book on container garden that I have EVER come across. It focuses more on content and not pictures. I check it out over and over again from my library. One day I will buy it.
 

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oh thanks for the tip on the book. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
I need to check that out!
 

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here is an interesting link I found today. I will post others here as I come across them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><a href="http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/container/container.html" target="_blank">http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/e...container.html</a>
 

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Wow! That link is awesome. I book-marked it right away!<br><br>
Thanks so much! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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another great link <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><a href="http://www.nightweed.com/containergardening.html" target="_blank">http://www.nightweed.com/containergardening.html</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.yougrowgirl.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=20&sid=381a3db4e559b36d40306843ccb13855" target="_blank">One more link!</a><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I aspire to be a container gardener, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Woo! I've decided to start veggie gardening in pots (we rent our house) and just happened to stumble across this thread. Thanks heaps for posting those great links! I'm starting small with a few tomatos & capsicum in pots I already have so wish me luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have kale coming up today! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I just had to share the link to these tomatoes <a href="http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=662" target="_blank">http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=662</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br>
I followed a link from another thread, and this place seems incredible. <a href="http://www.seedsavers.org/" target="_blank">http://www.seedsavers.org/</a>
 

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Anyone read <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work</span>, by Mel Bartholomew? I just saw it on Amazon and looked at the first few pages. It looks promising for small space gardening, albeit not in containers. For some of you it might apply if it's the space, not moveability that is the issue. He writes about helping with a community garden and how they grew too much of certain items, etc. Looks pretty good.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I highly recommend "McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers". It's by far the best and most comprehensive book on container garden that I have EVER come across. It focuses more on content and not pictures. I check it out over and over again from my library. One day I will buy it.</div>
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I second this recommendation, I used this book as a guide for my very sucessful container garden in my apartment backyard in 2005. My husband and I grew eggplants, tomatoes and a variety of herbs in a tiny, tiny space. This book was the bible for us.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Anyone read <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work</span>, by Mel Bartholomew? I just saw it on Amazon and looked at the first few pages. It looks promising for small space gardening, albeit not in containers. For some of you it might apply if it's the space, not moveability that is the issue. He writes about helping with a community garden and how they grew too much of certain items, etc. Looks pretty good.</div>
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! I borrowed it from my library a long time ago and just keep checking it out over and over, and for some reason, they let me. The book doesn't base its ideas on whether you grow from the ground or container. All you need is 1 sq. foot. He breaks it down on how to fit the most into that space. It's really fun and I've gotten an idea on how to combine both Mel B's and the Bountiful Container books. I'm sure your local library has a copy or can get one via inner-library loan. Still, I'm pretty sure you'll like it, and if you don't; heck! I might buy it from you and finally return my borrowed copy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks ladies, good info!! I would like to do some herbs here in the house and these sound like good sources!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just had to share the link to these tomatoes <a href="http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=662" target="_blank">http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=662</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br>
I followed a link from another thread, and this place seems incredible. <a href="http://www.seedsavers.org/" target="_blank">http://www.seedsavers.org/</a></div>
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I love the way those look! I immediately sent the link on to my father and his wife. They are moving to a new house they're building where they intend to have a vegetable garden and flower garden.<br><br>
Also, I saw these: <i>Black from Tula Tomato <a href="http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=251(OG" target="_blank">http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=251(OG</a>)<br>
Detailed Description<br>
Russian heirloom described by an SSE member as "the ugliest, most delicious tomato I’ve ever grown." Rich full flavor, great for slicing. Good yields, 3-4", slightly flattened on 3-4' plants. Did well this summer at Heritage Farm even during an 8-week stretch without rain. Indeterminate, 80-85 days from transplant. CERTIFIED ORGANIC</i><br><br>
The first thought I had when seeing them was that they are so ugly they must be good! Have you ever tried either of these?
 

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Imvishta, I haven't tried them, but if there is such a thing as lusting over a tomato, then I'm in trouble. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I LOVE THIS BOOK! I borrowed it from my library a long time ago and just keep checking it out over and over, and for some reason, they let me. The book doesn't base its ideas on whether you grow from the ground or container. All you need is 1 sq. foot. He breaks it down on how to fit the most into that space. It's really fun and I've gotten an idea on how to combine both Mel B's and the Bountiful Container books. I'm sure your local library has a copy or can get one via inner-library loan. Still, I'm pretty sure you'll like it, and if you don't; heck! I might buy it from you and finally return my borrowed copy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Thanks, LLobsterTV! It looks really good. I'm just into the pre-pre-planning stage right now. DS is 19 months, but I'd like to start doing a little container gardening in the next year (health problems prevent me at the moment from starting). I think it will be a lot of fun, and know that children who see the process of veggies grown are more likely to eat them. Is there a show based on this book? I read the intro on Amazon again and that or a review mentioned a show. If so, I think I have actually seen it, but don't know what it's called.<br><br>
All around I think this is a great idea even in small amounts. I've looked around at the other links posted here and have enjoyed perusing those. I think it would be fun to grow some unusual items just to show DS that there IS variety out there. Really get him thinking that way. I was so dissapointed to find that the mango baby food we bought here was actually a Gerber dessert! I mean, why add the starch and sugar? Mango alone should be fine. Just no variety, and I haven't been up to making a variety on my own. In time...<br><br>
Oh, did you know that there is purple okra? I'm in Georgia and have never liked okra. (And, one of my grandfathers was a farmer!) So, I happened to catch a show on the Food Channel (Alton Brown's "Good Eats," coincidentally from Georgia). He had one episode called "Okraphobia!" It was great; will have to find that one again. Made me want to try it again. In any case, he showed that there are two (maybe three) colors of okra, one of which is purple. The two together looked so pretty. Guess <i>it's all in the presentation.<br></i>
 
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