What vegetable is best for container gardening?

Sierra asks: What vegetable is best for container gardening?
Two years ago I tried tomatoes, and they turned out well. Last year I tried tomatoes again, and all three of them died.

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Answer by simmran1
pepper plants. bell or hot take up little room and have compact roots.

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  1. I have had very good luck with bush cucumbers bred for containers and also romaine lettuce.

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  2. I would think tomatoes are good. Did you use the same soil over again? Tomatoes are heavy feeders, and deplete the soil, unless you add manure and compost.

    Hot peppers work pretty good. Like tomatoes, they need lots of sun.

  3. Tomatoes generally do well in containers. When you planted them the second time, did you plant them in the same soil that you did the previous year? There may have been fusarium wilt, or tobacco mosaic virus that killed them off. If you smoke cigarettes, it is best to wash your hand before you touch tomato plants.
    Last year I planted green beans in a rectangular shaped planter box that was about 1 foot by 6 feet long, and the beans did quite well and were quite prolific producing beans. The beans were a bush type bean and not a pole bean.

  4. Eggplants,tomatoes, peppers and other Herbs and almost every kind of beans….its really a trial and error theres no exact rule what you can grow there whatever yu like as long as yu have enough irregation and soil is good and rich, if not youll have to keep changing their containers.

  5. Pretty much any vegetable can be grown in a container. Also fruits like Blueberries and strawberries. Just remember that if it isn’t raining then you need to give them a good soaking every other day at least. Also if you aren’t using the miracle grow potting soil with the moisture control and food in it already then I would suggest getting some kind of food for the plants like the others have suggested. Keep in mind if you are going to do Cucumbers, peas, or pole beans you need to have something for them to climb on. Any vegetable that is juicy like tomatoes, cucumbers and the like will need extra water.
    Hope this helps you!!

  6. You can grow several upright vegetable plants in containers…tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes (depending on the depth and size of pot), brussel sprouts, cabbage/kale, broccoli, cauliflower, or onions. Just about anything that doesn’t vine or get too tall.
    I don’t know why your tomato plants died. Anything in a pot will need thorough watering every day once established and when the weather gets hot. A good plant food and proper light requirements are also essential.

  7. How big a bucket? I’m going to say 5 gallons. If you use good soil you can grow anything in 5 gallons. Choose store bought soil carefully, some are additives for soil and to rich for anything, will cause rot. Tomatoes are the easiest, peppers right behind them. I grew a 125 pound pumpkin out of a five gallon bucket. Peas and beans can be in smaller buckets. Radishes can be grown in wide, shallow buckets. No limit if you do some research.

  8. Depending on where you live here is a list of good vegetables for container gardening

    Tomatoes: Patio, Pixie, Tiny Tim, Saladette, Toy Boy, Spring Giant, Tumbling Tom, Small Fry
    Peppers: Yolo Wonder, Keystone Resistant Giant, Canape, (Hot) Red Cherry, Jalapeno
    Eggplant: Florida Market, Black Beauty, Long Tom
    Squash: Dixie, Gold Neck, Early Prolific Straightneck, (Green) Zucco, Diplomat, Senator
    Leaf Lettuce: Buttercrunch, Salad Bowl, Romaine, Dark Green Boston, Ruby, Bibb
    Green Onions: Beltsville Bunching, Crysal Wax, Evergreen Bunching
    Green Beans: Topcrop, Greencrop, Contender, (Pole) Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder
    Radishes: Cherry Belle, Scarlet Globe, (White) Icicle
    Parsley: Evergreen, Moss Curled
    Cucumbers: Burpless, Liberty, Early Pik, Crispy, Salty

  9. Hi there, Great tips by the way and thank you.
    I did have a question though. I’m hoping you can answer it for me
    since you seem to be pretty knowledgeable about gardening. What’s
    the best herbicide to kill a garden full of various types of plants?
    I’m trying to get rid of weeds without damaging my vegetables.

    If you had some insight I would greatly appreciate it.

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