Asked on Feb 25, 2013

Growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

Tracey T360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Douglas Hunt


Living in an RV in South Carolina. Have several buckets and want to plant some flowers and maybe tomatoes. Lived in Indiana and grew a huge garden every year but now I am limited to planting in buckets. Any suggestions. Also, very shaded where I am.
4 answers
  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 25, 2013

    Impatients do well in shade and they add a lot of color. It only takes 3 or so to grow to fill in a big pot!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 25, 2013

    There are plenty of folks who garden in nothing but containers, Forestine. The biggest consideration may be water, and the quickness in which soil in containers can dry out. I don't think I would try tomatoes, however, in a deeply shaded situation. In general, vegetables want as much sun as they can get. Here is some good advice on container gardening from the University of Illinois extension service:

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Feb 26, 2013

    Just make sure you have some good permeable (draining) soil and drainage holes. Ad Douglas says, tomatoes don't care much for a deep shade, if you can give them at least 6 hrs sun they will be happier for it.

  • Tracey T
    on Feb 27, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the link Douglas..I got some good advice from it as well!

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