Failed container garden

P.HagenJanuary 15, 2013

In late summer I planted a variety of plants some from seed some from home depot. Veggies,herbs and flowers. In 5 gallon storage tubs. And off the ground. It faces the south and on east and west sides are juniper trees (i think). Of course the cold hasn't helped but it has been a very lack luster success!Planted in MG soil.


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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hi there, sorry to hear your container gardens didn't do as much as you'd like. Are you trying to grow veggies, or season flowers or what? That will make a big difference.

Obviously veggies for winter differ from those for summer and need to be expected to be replaced. We're coming up on prime planting time soon so maybe you can try again?

If nothing else, toss a bunch of pansies in there and you'll get tons of blooms until it gets hot, then you can add vincas or lantanas for summer? Just a thought.

In any case, several folks have shared this great, local planting calendar so I'll add a link in case you or anyone reading along doesn't already have it book marked.

Good luck and keep us posted!
Take care,

Here is a link that might be useful: Planting guide from the Urban Farm

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 3:19PM
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I planted beans just for the h*** of it, frost got them. Planted marigold, cosmos, sunflowers, tomato, patunias and lobilia.And herbs.
( sorry spelling is awful)
P. Hagen

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 4:15PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

When you say "MG soil", do you mean "garden soil" or "potting soil"? I learned the hard way that it makes a difference. The garden soil is meant to be mixed with native soil in the ground. Plants in pots do better with potting soil.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 7:27PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Well, I'd just wait another month or so and then load up with pansies, petunias, lobelias, and dusty miller for spring/early summer.

Then when it gets HOT and those plants fade, I'd replace them with vincas or zinnias or celosia.

Like Tomato mentioned, you should be using potting soil in containers and not garden soil (purchased for dug up).

Let us know what you do and how it works out. Don't give up! :)
Happy gardening,

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 6:49PM
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