This was the first year I've had a successful "garden." I had two containers. One container had 4 pepper plants (two red bell and two yellow bell) and the other had two tomato plants. It was a really big success.
The peppers did great--lots of them, and very sweet.
I had a problem with the tomatoes, many of them had bloom end rot. I had read that this was a potential problem, and I added lime to the containers when I mixed up the soil, but the little green ones showed the dark spots on the bottom and got icky. I dissolved more lime into the water two more times during the season, which helped. I probably lost 60% of the tomatoes to the rot. But, I still count it as a success--I got about 15-20 nice tomatoes.
Next year I'll plant earlier, as I had lots of young green peppers that didn't get a chance to ripen before it got cold.
To plant next year: Tomatoes (grapes and regular size), more red and yellow peppers, some snap peas, and maybe some cucumbers.
Containers are GREAT. I think getting things up off the ground reduces the bug problems somewhat. Having total control over the soil reduces the variables (and chance for failure).
I made my containers from big planters bought at Lowes. Lots cheaper than the brand-name Earthbox units, and I had fun building them. I'll include pictures next year.
I used the instructions on this site
to make my self-watering containers from the regular big planters.
has some other designs. If "cheap, quick, and great crops" is more important than the appearance of the container, the dual-tub Rubbermaid design shown on that page looks hard to beat.
Originally Posted by freebird5825
Growing radishes is NOT rocket science.
Anyone know the secret ?
Sorry, I can't help. The last ones I grew 20 years ago were beautiful--nice tops and large, juicy radishes. And they tasted like turpentine spiked with Tabasco.