jbartistic
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Patio Garden - Some suggestions?

Hi All,

I am going to attempt to grow a few veggies and herbs I use all the time on our patio this year. I have been looking online, but I'm having a hard time determining what size pots to use for the stuff...

I ordered plants (not seeds) from Burpee and since I'm in Pittsburgh they won't get here until May. In the mean time I want to brush up on what supplies I'll need and all that.

I ordered this herb combo that contains Summerlong Basil, Greek Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Sweet Marjoram and Rosemary.
[url]https://www.burpee.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=4135&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=8&iSubCat=100&iProductID=4135&iSubSubCat=100[/url]
-Can these be planted together or do they have very different water requirements?
-What size pot should i get?

I also ordered Patio tomatoes
[url]https://www.burpee.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?item
ID=4821&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=243&iSubCat=1864&iProductID=4821&iSubSubCat=1864[/url]
-It generically says large tub, but again I'm not sure what size pot to get.

Lastly I ordered Sweet banana peppers
[url]https://www.burpee.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=648&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=Sweet+Pepper+Bananarama+Hybrid+%28[/url]
-I'm not sure what size pot they would need.

Ideally I don't want to have to re-pot half way through the summer.

I planned to go to the garden store and ask them for recommendations on soil.

So far the only things I've grown successfully have been African Violets, Lucky Banboo and some succulents so this is a big step up for me but I'm very excited!

I appreciate any advice you can share or resources you recommend!

Thanks
Jb
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Jess
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Hi JB
As far as the herbs go all, bar the Basil, are perennials or shrubs so if you want to keep them growing for years to come I would give the Rosemary its own pot, the Thyme, Marjoram and Oregano in a pot together but well spaced as the Marjoram tends to creep. The Sage its own pot and the Basil its own pot. This will ensure they get enough room to develop well and the Basil will need to be shaded from the hottest part of the day to stop it going to seed. In fact I have found Basil quite fussy so don't be disheartened if you lose it.
You will probably have to start small on the pots to go with the size of the plants when you get them and repot to bigger pots as they grow as putting them in too large a pot to start may mean they get too wet and being Mediterranean plants they hate soggy compost! Rosemary grows the largest 1m or more. Sage about 0.5m.
You will also have to split the pot with the Thyme etc. in in years to come as they will outgrow their allotted space. They would prefer a John Innes type compost that is free draining (Rosemary too) and will do best in a shallow wide pot. It will look nicer and benefit them too if you top the pot with grit or gravel.
All of them except the Basil love full sun. Keep the shrubs well pruned even if you are not picking to eat to stop them becoming sparse and woody at the base.
Sorry seem to have gone on a lot there but I love herbs and grow loads of them. I will leave the veg experts to anwer the rest! :lol:

jbartistic
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THANK YOU

Jess -

I appreciate all the advice!!!

I'm a terrible cook, but my husband is wonderful and I'm hoping the fresh herbs will help me to eat well

:lol:

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Re: THANK YOU

jbartistic wrote:Jess -

I appreciate all the advice!!!

I'm a terrible cook, but my husband is wonderful and I'm hoping the fresh herbs will help me to eat well

:lol:
You could also grow Parsely, Corriander and Mint. I found them easy to grow, but Mint needed its own pot. They smell great, when fresh.

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Hi JB,

You've already gotten some great advice. I prefer organic potting soil. If you purchase potting soil with fertilizer already in it don't fertilize for about 2 months or you risk burning your plants. There are several posts on organic fertilizers and organic potting soil. You could do a search for posts with my name and potting soil. You might find these sites helpful.
https://www.ourgardengang.com/containerveggies.htm
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH032
https://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07238.html
https://www.savvygardener.com/Features/herbs.html
https://www.savvygardener.com/Features/harvesting_vegetables.html

Newt

jbartistic
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THANKS

The first link I clicked on with the gallons and number of plants was perfect... I can't wait to check them all out.

Thank you so much for your help! :P

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JB, you are very welcome!

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