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What Should I Plant?

March 15th, 2017 at 08:17 pm

I'm thinking of planting some vegetables this summer. I can't do a lot as I'm not going to dig up new areas of my landlord's yard. And I have just a few pots, but I'm not willing to invest in more. I'm not afraid to use a bucket with holes in the bottom either. The one area I can use is near a fence with two shrubs and one ornamental tree. The area gets shade in the morning and full sun in the afternoon and evening. I wouldn't be planting right under the tree or shrubs obviously.

I've grown tomatoes, onions, pole beans and sugar snap peas with good luck in the past. There may have been one other thing, but I can't remember right now. I'm considering zucchini and or summer squash (I know those take up a lot of space, right?).

I'm just in the beginning stages of my thinking and planning. So I'm curious what would you plant when you have limited space?

8 Responses to “What Should I Plant?”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    I will have to take notes! Similar situation here.

  2. Carol Says:

    Cherry tomato plant in a large pot. String beans or lettuce ( black seeded Simpson is very easy and is delicate and tasty) in a rectangular, window box sized pot. Tomato plant or squash plant planted right in a bag of compost.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks Carol. I like those ideas!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I had good luck with bell peppers in the past. They don't take up any more space than tomatoes.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Plant Black Beauty Bush Zucchini. It does not sprawl like most varieites. It'll take up about 2 to 3 feet of space and produce a lot. It does well in a grow bag, too. You can grow cucumbers on a trellis so they doesn't sprawl all over the place. One grow bag (and by that I mean a bag of organic 5 way garden soil from the garden center), can grow 6 lettuce plants. Containers dry out fast. You have to be super vigilant about watering them. That is why I prefer the grow bags as they hold their moisture longer. Green onions do well in containers, though, and so do most herbs. Just make sure there is sufficient depth and width per plant and moisture levels are maintained.

    There is a youtube channel called Hollis and Nancy's Homestead where they grow a lot of things in containers. That might be a good resource for you to check out.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks LR, I will consider all of that. I just stumbled upon Hollis and Nancy on YouTube earlier today before you wrote. I do like them. They seem to have quite a set up!

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    What about herbs?

  8. creditcardfree Says:

    Herbs are a good idea too. I do like fresh cilantro. And I just remembered that I would love to grow sprouts. Need to find a tray to do this.

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