Container gardening in SC
Hi all (or y'all :) ),
I'm a fairly new gardener, been at it for a couple of years now. I expand my garden a little bit each year, but I have terrible soil here in central SC. My yard is pretty much solid clay, so I've been trying to stick to containers mostly. I did build a raised bed last year for pole beans and cukes, and they did very well. I was wondering about other types of containers, though. I have a lot of the resin-type pots you get at large garden centers and have had mixed success with them. I've had eggplants do quite well, but the tomatoes have had mixed results. I'm wondering if the container type is not appropriate for my zone since it gets so blasted hot here in the summer. I'm also wondering if I'm putting in the right kind of mix. I have a compost barrel and get good compost from that by tossing in kitchen scraps and some leaves every now and then, so I usually mix that, bagged topsoil, and a bit of bagged organic garden soil. This mix did great in the raised bed, but do containers require something different? I also have partial shade in my yard, so that might also have something to do with it.
Additionally, has anyone had success (or lack thereof) with Smart Pots? I saw those at a local garden center lately and was intrigued.