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If you liked our post on how to make a one-pot herb garden, you are going to love this article on container gardening in Mother Earth News...

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We're seriously garden-impaired, so we appreciated the section on self-watering containers, including the clever DIY number pictured above. And apparently some crops, such as artichokes and eggplant, actually grow better in self-watering containers because there is always water available.

A few other key points:

  • You'll need sun for a container garden. Partial shade will do, but will limit your plant choices.
  • The soil mix is key. If soil gets dry, it needs careful attention and repeated waterings until it is evenly moist again. (This is where we tend to go wrong.)
  • Sadly, tomatoes need a lot of soil -- 30 to 40 quarts for a large plant! But, as evidenced above, there are varieties of smaller tomatoes that can be grown in smaller pots.

Check out the article in print or online at Mother Earth News for more tips, including the ideal soil mix and a great step-by-step how to on the water bucket left..

Image via Container Gardening Tutor

Originally published 2008-03-25 - CB

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