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Originally posted by Rise and Fall
I found a nice article on the quickest crops to grow, most are great for fall sowing.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
bump because I like this topic
I've been successful at container gardening with flowers and "somewhat" successful at vegetable gardening (I had 1 great season, but's that it's), Now I no longer have a garden since we extended the concrete patio and am considering growing vegetables in containers.
Originally posted by phoenixhasrisin
Im sorry but those earth boxes are a perfect example of how people with no horticultural skills get ripped off time and time again. You might as well go with that aero-garden thing they advertise on TV.
** Some people do not have major horticultural skills nor the land that lets them acquire them. Nothing wrong with allowing them to grow their own food where they can
If you look at the website you can see that the plants do not reach more than 3-4 ft, and that's only because of the two cups of fertilizer per box that the instructions call for. Here is another pic of a plant in a five gallon container, and the size is comparable. Why is this, it's because of that total root area I mentioned earlier.
** Tomato plants require only 12" for roots. As for this picture, we have no idea if this variation is a determinate (meaning it will only grow to a particular height, normally 2-3 ft) or not. We do not know what type of planting medium has been used PLUS we have no idea what the results of the season were. I have grown both types (determinate and indeterminate) in 5 gal buckets with excellent results.
Add to the fact that they want fifty something per earth box , and that's without water/supplemental fertilizers, and shipping. At three dollars a pound for organic tomatoes you could get 20lbs of fruit at a grocer, which is a hell of a lot more than one of those systems will produce.
** Building your own larger earth boxes, using their design, is not at all difficult and much less expensive. I won't even comment on homegrown vs. grocer tomatoes.
Take a look at their "Farm analysis sheet" and you will see that there is no significant difference in yields.
** There are some of us (little old lady not as nimble as she once was and certainly not up to hoeing and tending large areas of land)) who prefer having their garden slightly above ground level and in contained areas while still getting a similar yield. Then there is the fact that we can take our gardens with us if we decide we need to move.
[edit on 16-2-2008 by phoenixhasrisin]