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Old 04-10-2010, 09:53 AM
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Hi! My 4yo REALLY wants to grow some vegetables this year. I would really like to get some sort of containers to plant a few things in, but I have never attempted gardening of any type, and was hoping that some of you might have some easy tips for me! Thank you!!!
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You could do the upside down bucket of tomatoes

Just cut a hole large enough to put the root ball of some tomaote plants into the bucket upside down.

You'd first line the inside of the bucket with coconut fiber mat to hold the soil and root ball of the tomatoe plant in the bucket though.

If you go to Ehow.com and look up upside down tomaote bucket I'm sure you could find an article about it hun

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Also you could use 2 longish wooden stakes and weave twine loosely between them to have Green bean plants be able to crawl up them and than have some lower growing plants in the front like lettuce or even carrots.

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Also ck out cylinder gardening. You take a plastic bucket, cut out the bottom and place on top of existing soil. Fill the bucket with potting soil, place the plant and watch it grow.
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I have great luck with the large plastic flower pots ( the really big ones). I grow the cherry tomatoes and green peppers.....keep them watered and use miracle grow...in a few weeks you can have fresh peppers and tomatoes on every salad. Good luck...also I grow rosmary, thyme, lemon thyme, basil and dill this way....and they all freeze well.
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Thanks for the notation about all the herbs freezing well.

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5 gallon plastic buckets are great for tomato plant, snow peas grow really fast, and herbs are always a good choice!
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I found that strawberries do really well in containers. They don't need a lot of room and if you get the everblooming. your 4yo can pick berries most of the summer. They are kind of small but, have a great flavor. maybe a good way to keep a little one interested. HTH



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We do a lot of container gardening! A neat thing with kids is to grow tomato plants in a bale of straw and just keep them well watered! The plastic buckets that a PP mentioned you can get them from your grocery store if it has a deli. Most of the places here give them away except Wally World ad they charge $2 apiece for the 5 gal ones.

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I grew 2 tomato plants in a bale of hay (purchased at the feed store) and had great success.
Great conversation piece too.

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I grew 2 tomato plants in a bale of hay (purchased at the feed store) and had great success.
Great conversation piece too.
Sorry for sounding so dumb. Do you mean you put a container in the middle of the bale of hay, or you just planted them IN the bale of hay? It definitely sounds interesting, but I'm not really picturing how you did it.
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