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The 5 Best Tomatoes for Pots and Planters

The 5 Best Tomatoes for Pots and Planters

Whether you grow on a patio, porch, rooftop or fire escape, it’s essential to choose the right tomato varieties when growing in containers. Look for determinate or semi-determinate varieties, which have a more concentrated fruit set and a compact habit.

‘Bunch-Type’ Sweet Potatoes Fit Compact Gardens

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If you grow sweet potatoes in containers, consider the “bunch” varieties from Steele Plant Company: Vardaman and Porto Ricos.

Planting Season in the Cubicle Farm

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I’m growing corn in my file cabinet.

Actually, I’m growing something called “corn shoots.” It takes about seven to 10 days for them to be ready for harvest, and they’re supposed to be delicious.

6 Compact Crops for Vegetable Gardeners

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If you’re gardening in compact spaces and plan to grow only a few vegetables this year, these are the ones to choose. With careful watering and regular fertilization, you can easily harvest fresh greens, cucumbers, eggplants, summer squash, peppers and tomatoes all season long.

Coleus: an Old Favorite in New Clothing

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Each year, the National Gardening Bureau selects one annual to receive special recognition, and 2015 has been designated Year of the Coleus. I’m pleased to see this plant getting some attention. It’s a sturdy performer that doesn’t demand much from the gardener.

The Orchid Challenge Begins with Hope and a Plan

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I was at the garden center, and I saw a table full of out-of-bloom orchids marked down 50 percent. I couldn’t resist, so I picked up three with the intent to get them to bloom again.

Grow Pumpkins in a Pot — Will it Work? Yes.

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With their long-ranging vines, pumpkins can take a lot of space. Are they off the list for small-space gardeners? Maybe not.

Seeds to Try in 2015: a Blanket Recommendation

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Last summer I tried growing a few new varieties of flowers that are especially attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Because I wanted to get started gardening early, I chose varieties I could start from seed indoors.

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