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Mon Apr 8, 2013, 04:51 AM

Question for NRaleighLiberal

Do you grow all of your tomatoes and peppers in containers? Do you grow determinate (bush) and/or indeterminate (vining)? If you grow indeterminate, do you prune them? How do you support them? I am rapidly approaching my 69th birthday and am thinking of putting more of my garden into containers. Right now my sister (the real Brer cat) and I have 4 4x12 foot raised beds and 2 whiskey barrels for our veggies. I am going to put bell peppers in the barrels, everything else goes into the raised beds. We raise lettuce, swiss chard, pole beans, pole lima beans, eggplant, crowder peas, okra, trombetta squash (my new love!), broccoli, collards, turnip greens and mustard and 3 types of tomatoes...Big Boy, Romas, and cherry.

Zone 7, no. Georgia mountains

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Tue Apr 16, 2013, 11:54 PM

1. Hi! Sorry...just saw this. Answers below

I grow all peppers and eggplants in containers because I find that the heated root zone makes yields skyrocket when compared with those grown on level typical gardens.

I grow about 200 varieties of tomatoes each year, mostly indeterminate, a very few determinate, and of course our big project to breed new Dwarf tomatoes - lots of those. For the indeterminates, I minimally prune, grow them vertically and tie them to 8 foot stakes - the containers are at the driveway edge, so the stake is driven into the lawn at the edge. this year I am going to grow them in my main dirt garden also - most tomatoes are going to be for pics for my upcoming book - I am featuring 25 varieties that are special to me, and one each will be in a large container and in my garden (so redundancy).

check my nctomatoman YouTube channel - many videos of my container efforts.....

have fun! Gardening is just the best! Keep asking questions...watch my blog at nctomatoman.com

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