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Helpful info on the web
Good on-line article on Container Growing Veggies.
Article on basics of container growing.
A good webpage for veggie container growing.
Another one in .pdf format.
A nice article in gardeners.com
A youtube video on growing veggies in containers.
Another youtube video.
A nice homemade video.
Cabbage
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 3 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most cabbage, but only about 2 gallons per plant for the Dynamo listed below.
Cabbage need a deep root system compared to other vegetables, I suggest about 16" depth for container. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 12 Dynamo plants in a half whiskey barrel.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.


3269 Dynamo
AAS - Miniature blue-green 5-6", 2½ lbs, good wrappers, holds well, spring or fall, 70 days.
  10mg Package ( about 30 seeds ) $2.25
Chinese Cabbage
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 5 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most chinese cabbage, but only about 3 gallons per plant for the Green Seoul and Mizuna listed below.
Cabbage need a deep root system compared to other vegetables, I suggest about 16" depth for container. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 8 Green Seoul and Mizuna plants in a half whiskey barrel.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
NW12 Green Seoul Chinese Cabbage
A Korean version of the popular loose leafed cabbage used in Chinese cooking. This Cabbage is good for stir frys and Kimchee pickling. A fast grower that can be container grown.
  80mg package ( about 25 seeds ) $1.50
NW14 Chinese Mizuna
A vigorous leafy vegetable used in stir frys, pickling and salads. Can be grown year round. The more you cut and harvest off this juicy, well flavored vegetable the more it produces.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.50
Carrots
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, make sure the container you use is at least 12" deep. A window box container that measures 12" wide by 24" long by 12" deep will provide you with a lot of carrots.
Try to space your carrot seeds about 1 inch apart in rows that are 6 inches apart. Pat the seeds into the damp potting soil to ensure good soil-to-seed contact and then cover them with a very light layer of soil. Water the carrots in with a gentle stream of water, being careful not to dislodge the seeds. Carrot seeds are very tiny, so don't worry if you end up seeding them thickly. You'll have to thin them out as they grow anyway.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
D9819 Baby Finger Carrots
Excellent sweet carrot for fresh eating or cooking. Produces uniform, slender carrots that are harvested young for "baby" carrots.
  $1.95 per pack ( About two hundred seeds per pack )
W167 Parisian French novelty, short and round, for any soil, ideal in patio pot, eat raw or steamed, 60 days.
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  .250mg package ( about 200 seeds ) $1.95
Cowpeas
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VUD023 Mississippi Silver
60-65 days. Large seeded brown crowder with pale green silvery pods at green shell stage. Pods are 6 to 6 ½ inches, slightly curved, light straw color when dry. Low bushy plant, few runners.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD024 CT Dimpled Brown Crowder
70 days. Bush type. Prolific yielder. Pods contain 12-15 peas, closely bunched together.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD025 CT Purple Hull Pinkeye
63-65 days. Vigorous bush type to semi-vining plant grows 18-24 inches tall. Pods turn purple at shell stage, are 6 to 7 inches long, and slightly above foliage. Peas light green with red eye at green shell stage, turn white with maroon eye when dry. Medium size, rounded on ends. Good producer.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD026 California Blackeye #5
55-60 days. The dominant variety of all Southern peas across the country. The vines are upright to semi-spreading, medium coarse stem and branches, medium foliage and fair drought resistance. Pods 6 to 8 inches long, early maturing. Seed medium to large. A favorite.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD027 Texas Cream 40
Plant produces good yields of light colored cowpeas. The plants are small. They are highly tolerant to drought and a wide variety of soil conditions, including heavy clay and sandy soils. Also known as Southern Peas or Cream Peas. A Southern favorite.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )

VUD028 Mississippi Purple

Plant produces high yields of reddish-purple pods. Very delicious large brown peas. This variety has less vines and more pods over the plant. Very easy to shell pods.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )

6001 Top Pick Pinkeye

The name comes from the fact that Top Pink Pinkeye Cowpea features pods at the top of the plant for easy mechanical or hand picking. Pods are easy to shell and turn a light shade of purple when they are ready to be picked. Pale purple color on pods when ready to pick. High yield potential. Good virus and disease tolerance. Seeds mature in 50 days.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
Cucumber
Notes from Jim: Cucumbers seem to be made for container, they can grow in shallow containers and do not require a lot of space. As a rule of thumb, allow about 1 gallon of soil per plant when determining container you will use for growing the varieties listed below .
I suggest about 10" depth for container. For reference, a container measuring 12"x12"x16" would hold about 10 gallons of soil and would sustain up to 10 plants.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
IP085 Pick A Bushel Hybrid
Plant your own pickle factories.
Be prepared to be pick lots of cukes from these compact plants. The medium green, white-spined fruits are sweet, firm and crisp, ready to pick only 50 days from sowing at 3 inch gherkin size for great pickles or left to grow to 6 inch length for slicing fresh in salads.
The semi-bush vines grow only 24 inches long, so they are well-suited for growing in patio containers as well as the garden. Plants have excellent heat tolerance and disease resistances to CMV, Scab and MMV. 50 days.
  500mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $2.75
BM61 Spacemaster 80 Cucumber
60 days. These dwarf plants produce heavily and are resistant to cucumber mosaic virus, scab, and moderately resistant to downy and powdery mildews. The eight inch fruit are good flavored and not bitter, even when grown in full sun.
  1.10g pack contains at least 25 seeds $2.25
W169 Arkansas Little Leaf
Compact vine for patio, prolific yield, up to 30 pickles/plant, disease resistant, parthenocarpic (needs no pollinator), 62 days.
  10 seeds per pack $2.25
W170 Boothby Blonde
Unique stubby, oval, plump, yellow Maine heirloom, delicate sweet flavor, useful in patio pots, 63 days.
  10 seeds per pack $2.25
W171 Fanfare
AAS, F1, semi dwarf, excellent for small gardens or patio tub, disease resistant, monoecious, 63 days.
  10 seeds per pack $2.25
W180 Very Cool
Deep green 9", compact, well suited for patio container, 59 days.
  10 seeds per pack $2.25
VS210 Patio King An excellent cucumber for growing in containers or small sized gardens. Produces numerous 6-8" long fruits in only 62 days. Short vine variety.
  700mg package ( about 25 seeds ) $1.95
Eggplant
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 5 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most standard size eggplants, but only about 3 gallons per plant for the varieties listed below.
I suggest about 12-16" depth for containers. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 8 eggplants ( varieties listed below ) in a half whiskey barrel.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
G026 Baby Eggplant
A new mini vegetable. Plants are compact and bear loads of miniature fruit that can be deep fried whole. One of the new rages in miniature veggies. Perfect for container raising. Fruits are very tasty.
  75mg Package ( usually about 15 or more seeds ) $1.95
W172 Casper Eggplant
White, 2 x 6", eat fresh in early summer, mild flesh, doesn't need peeling, compact plant for patio pot, 68 days.
 10 seeds $2.25
W173 Little Fingers Eggplant
Early, high yield, prolific, purple fruit, up to 7" or pick at 3", clusters of 3-6, green calyx, spineless, great flavor, fine in patio pot, 68 days.
 10 seeds $2.25
W174 Round Mauve Eggplant
4" round, warm lavender, few seeds, great non bitter eating, compact plant for patio pot, 65 days.
 10 seeds $2.25
Garlan Chrysantheum
W201 Tiger Ear Garland Chrysantheum ( Chrysanthemum coronarium )
Tiger Ear is a variety native to Taiwan. Large and soft young leaves have relatively stronger aroma flavor than other varieties. This vegetable is very popular in Taiwanese stir-fry and soup cooking. Plants grow best in slightly cool climate, suitabe for spring and fall crops. Fast growing plants can be harvested at any growing stage.
  750mg pack ( about 200 seeds ) $2.45
Lettuce
Notes from Jim: Lettuce are another vegetable that seem to be made for container, they can grow in shallow containers and do not require a lot of space.
You can grow lettuce in almost any type of container that are 6 inches deep.
Stagger sowing times in containers and enjoy lettuce throughout the year.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
W168 Emerald-Ruby Duo Blend of emerald green baby butterhead with ruffled red mini-leaf, compact, ideal for color bowl on patio, delicious eating, 60 days.
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  .250mg package ( about 200 seeds ) $1.95
Melons
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 5 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for growing the melons listed below.
I use a trellis on my melons, I just have to be sure to secure vines to the trellis extremely well once fruits start to develop, this keeps the fruit from pulling the vine from the trellis.
Melons need a deep root system compared to other vegetables, I suggest about 16" depth for container. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 4-5 melon plants in a half whiskey barrel.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
IP039 Golden Sweet Hybrid Melon
Fruits have smooth, golden skin and crisp, sweet white flesh with the sugar content at 12 brix. The oblong-shaped melon are 4-6 inches long and 3-4 inches wide, 350 grams in weight. Plant grows vigorously in warm climates. This melon is very prolific and is very popular in Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Sow seeds in seed boxes in spring and transplant to the open field when 3-5 inches high. The plant begins to set fruits 40 days after transplanting. Note that the fruit skin turns into yellow at the prematured stage and should not harvest at this time, but wait for a few more weeks to reach the matured conditions.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
W192 Sakata's Sweet Melon
Softball size Asian type, gaining popularity here, smooth golden yellow rind, sweet flesh, good to trellis, 90 days
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
Hearts of Gold Melon
Heirloom, bright orange flesh, sweet, flavorful, ribbed gray skin, 3 lbs., 90 days.

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2784 Sharlyn
2-3 lbs. A very nice melon made available by SOC. Silky gold flesh is sweet, soft, juicy and aromatic. Highly recommended, the productive, disease-resistant vine yields oval, 4-6 pound fruits with a thin green rind that matures to yellow or orange, with no ribs and a shallow, full net. Direct seed in garden in rows 4-6 feet apart when danger of frost has passed. Likes to be planted in clusters with 3-4 plants per group. Deeply fertile soil produces optimum yield of fruits. Enrich soil with compost. Harvesting tips. Stem turns brown and separates easily from the melon when ripe.
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2030 Jenny Lind
80 days This fine melon dates back to the 1840’s, was sold by many of the 1800’s Seed Company’s, it was named after the Famous Singer, Jenny Lind, “The Swedish Nightingale”. This wonderful 1-2 lb. turban shaped melon is very sweet and has light green, delicious flesh.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
W121 Minnesota Midget
Small early, 4" melons with sweet flavorful flesh. Large crops on compact 3' vines, good quality, a true midget! A favorite small melon introduced in 1948.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
Mustard/Salad Greens
3419 Raspberry Dressing Rumex
For gourmet salads, tasty green leaf with appetizing red veins, double duty as vivacious mixed container accent foliage plant.
 15mg pack ( about 40-50 seeds ) $2.25
Nasturtium
Notes from Jim: Nasturtiums can add a bit of spice to your diet and so easy to grow, they can grow in shallow containers and do not require a lot of space.
You can grow nasturtiums in almost any type of container that are 6 inches deep.
Makes a wonderful hanging basket plant.
W198 Black Velvet Nasturtium The blossoms, leaves and buds of this beautiful plant are edible and have a peppery taste. The blooms have a soft sweet scent up close and attract hummingbirds. he deepest, darkest, richest, ruby-black blooms grace tidy plants. For a dramatically thrilling display, Black Velvet provides maximum contrast to light-colored flowers or a provocative mix with purples and reds. Mounding plants reach 12 inches tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
Onions
Notes from Jim: Onions can grow in shallow containers and do not require a lot of space.
You can grow lettuce in almost any type of container that 6 inches deep, but I prefer containers about 12" deep so I can grow big bulb types..
Just about any variety will grow in containers.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
NW04 Japanese Bunching Onion
This evergreen variety of bunching onion is the one most often used in stir frys. The plants produce perennially and are winter hardy. You should start seeds 4-8 weeks inside before transplanting in garden.
  Package of 25 seeds $1.75
W200 Redbeard Japanese Bunching/div>
Red beard is a unique bunching onion with red stalk, 12 cm long and 1.5 cm diameter, and green leaves. Plants grow to slightly more than 2 feet tall. Leaves and stalks are very tender and well flavored. This splitting fresh onion has become very popular in Japan and many Asian countries. Easy to grow and good varietiy for home gardening and fresh markets, 72 days. Easily grown in containers.
  500mg Pack ( over 100 seeds ) $2.25
NB16 Southport White Globe Bunching 65 days. Used exclusively for the production of green bunching onions that are mild and sweet.
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Peppers
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 2 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most standard size pepper plants, but only about 1-1/4 gallons per plant for the varieties listed below.
I suggest about 12-16" depth for containers. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 15 pepper plants ( varieties listed below ) in a half whiskey barrel, but I do not like to crowd mine, and would only plant 5-7, and grow different types in the same container that reach different heights.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
2680 Apache Red Patio Chile Pepper
F1 Dwarf Chile for patio pot, 3" long fruits all summer, green turning red, 65 days.
Package of 10 seeds $3.95
2681 Cheyenne Orange Patio Chile Pepper
F1 Dwarf Chile for patio pot, 4" long orange fruits all summer, 65 days.
Package of 10 seeds $3.95
PEP370 Caloro ( Mildly Hot Pepper )
1 x 2" conical, medium hot, thick wall, green to yellow to orange, fresh or pickled, disease resistant, 20" plant, patio or garden, 85 days.
10 seeds $2.75
2682 Mohawk Gold Patio Pepper
F1 Dwarf bell for patio pot, 4" golden fruits all summer, 65 days.
Package of 10 seeds $3.95
PEP271 Miniature Red Bell
55 days. This impressive miniature bell really pumps out the peppers! Expect up to 75 peppers per plant. The deep red 3 lobed fruit are 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches long. Very sweet, and excellent on veggie platters, in salads, stuffed, or cored and eaten whole. Peppers ripen from green to red.
Package of 15 seeds $2.50
PEP272 Miniature Yellow Bell
Expect up to 75 peppers per plant. The yellow 3 lobed fruit are 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches long. Very sweet, and excellent on veggie platters, in salads, stuffed, or cored and eaten whole. Peppers ripen from green to yellow. 55 Days.
Package of 15 seeds $2.50
PEP273 Miniature Chocolate Bell
Expect up to 75 peppers per plant. The deep red 3 lobed fruit are 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches long. Very sweet, and excellent on veggie platters, in salads, stuffed, or cored and eaten whole. Peppers ripen from green to chocolate. 55 days.
Package of 15 seeds $2.50
PEP006 Red Cherry Large Sweet
This is the tasty, sweet cherry pepper that you find on many salads bars. Medium to thick-walled, 1 by 1-1/2 inch fruits mature from dark green to red. Round fruits, slightly tapered, hang freely from 18-20 inch compact plants. Perfect for pickles. 78-80 days.
20 seeds $2.15
PEP305 Trifetti
(72 days) Makes a spectacular houseplant or container planting! As Tri-Color Variegata matures, each leaf exhibits shades of white, green and purple in a never-ending, variegated display, with no two leaves the same. Purple stems and blooms add to the richness and charm. Fruits are hot, best used as a garnish, and turn from deep purple to bright red at maturity.
Package of 15 seeds $2.95
PEP349 Cherry Bomb ( Mildly Hot Pepper 2-5,000+ Scoville Units )
F1, early, productive, 2½" round hot red cherry, pendent fruits, very hot, fine for patio, 84 days. Great pepper for pickling.
5 seeds $2.75
JF130 Garda Chandelier Ornamental Pepper ( For Ornamental Use )
Candle-like fruits, primrose to red. For garden or large patio pot, vigorous habit, long lasting color display, high germination, 65 days.
Package of 10 seeds $3.95
W216 Garda Tricolor Ornamental Pepper ( For Ornamental Use )
Masses of small conical fruit, excellent garden plant, purple to cream to scarlet. For garden or large patio pot, vigorous habit, long lasting color display, high germination, 65 days.
Package of 10 seeds $3.95
3484 Garda Fireworks Ornamental Pepper ( For Ornamental Use )
Branches explode into display of long slender fruits, purple to red. For garden or large patio pot, vigorous habit, long lasting color display, high germination, 65 days.
Package of 10 seeds $3.95
PEP007 Super Chili Hybrid ( Chile Type Hot! Pepper 20000-40000 SU )
One of the most pungent chili peppers available. Very ornamental, semi-compact, 24" plant bearing 2-1/2" elongated fruits with plenty of chili pepper. Bred for increased yields. Bring plants in where winter is severe to have a continuous supply of these peppers all winter. Ripens to green to orange to red. Ideal for patio, container, and windowsill gardens. 75 days.
20 seeds $2.15
Radish
Notes from Jim: Radishes are another vegetable that seem to be made for container, they can grow in shallow containers and do not require a lot of space.
You can grow radishes in almost any type of container that are 8 inches deep.
Stagger sowing times in containers and enjoy radishes throughout the year.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
FB132 Easter Egg Radish A mixture of red, purple and white radishes often harvested when marble size for salads, that are crisp and mild, even when mature. Adds color and zest to salads.
3g pack $1.95
W186 Plum Purple Radish Unique deep purple round roots. Firm white flesh is sweet and mild all season long and never pithy. Hardy and adaptable. Exceptional variety for the novelty market and also for the home gardener. 25-30 days.
3.2g pack $2.25
W187 Pink Beauty Radish Pastel pink, round radish. Uniform roots with medium tops. Nice, tender, crisp texture and taste. An eye-catching, top-quality radish. Resists pithiness. 25-30 days.
3g pack $2.25
W188 German Giant Radish 29 days. Immense roots actually grow to the size of a baseball. Great mild flavor, never gets hot or woody.
3.2g pack $2.25
Squash/Zucchini
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 2 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most standard size pepper plants, but only about 1-1/2 gallons per plant for the varieties listed below.
I suggest about 12-16" depth for containers. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 15 squash plants ( varieties listed below ) in a half whiskey barrel, but because they love to spread so much, I would recommend only planting 5 or 6.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
FB135 Pattypan Yellow Bush Scallop
(Yellow Pattypan), great flavor, harvest at 5", hardy, compact plant, fine for patio, 70 days.
  $1.95 per pack ( 10 seeds per pack )
FB136 Cocozelle Zucchini Bush
Compact Italian, 12" long cylinder, dark green with light green stripes, flesh green-white, tender, slice, fry, steam, fine for patio, 45 days.
  $1.95 per pack ( 10 seeds per pack )
FB137 Ronde de Nice Zucchini
Zucchini, French 4" round, compact bush for patio, green, extra tender, steam, sautee, or stuff, 52 days.
  $1.95 per pack ( 10 seeds per pack )
AW11 Caserta Zucchini
Zucchini, compact bush for patio, high yield, 16" long gray green, dark green stripes, extra tasty old time flavor, 65 days.
  $1.95 per pack ( 10 seeds per pack )
Z2820 Early White Bush Scallop
Pattypan, flat, scalloped, white-green rind, fine grain white flesh, 5", 2½ lbs, bake or fry, compact for patio, American Indian staple, 50 days.
  10 seeds per pack $2.25
Z2822 Patio Golden Zucchini
Zucchini, glossy golden yellow, cylindrical plant, compact bush habit, ideal for patio container, 52 days.
  10 seeds per pack $2.25
Swiss Chard
Notes from Jim: Swiss Chard is a perennial plant, so keep this in mind when choosing a container and spot for growing.
I suggest about 12-16" depth for containers. Fill with good potting mix and space seeds about 6" apart each way, depending on the size container you use, I use a 16 inch by 24" flower box that is about 18" deep.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
1A334 Burgundy Swiss Chard
Gourmet rhubarb type, burgundy stems, dark green leaf with red veins, tender, great for patio container, 60 days.
  1.5g Package ( about 75 seeds ) $2.25
Tobacco
Notes from Jim: Yes, you can grow tobacco in tubs. As a rule of thumb, allow about 5 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most standard size tobacco plants.
I suggest 18" depth minimum for containers. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 5 tobacco plants in a half whiskey barrel, but I do not like to crowd mine, and would only plant 4 plants, which would each produce about 4 ounces of dried tobacco, enough for a carton of cigarettes.

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Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.

Tomato
Notes from Jim: As a rule of thumb, allow about 5 gallons of soil per plant when determining container you will use for most standard size tomato plants, but only about 3 gallons per plant for the varieties listed below.
I suggest about 18" depth for containers. For reference, a plastic half whiskey barrel usually measures about 17.5" deep by 26" in diameter ( this would closely equal a square container measuring 16"x16"x24" ) and holds just under 25 gallons of soil. So you could grow about 8 pepper plants ( varieties listed below ) in a half whiskey barrel, but would probably be better served giving them room to spread and only planting 5-6.
Use a slow release fertilize like Osmocote 14-14-14 that is found at almost any gardening center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc.
D9897 Tiny Sugar Lumps Tomato
A sprawling tomato plant best suited for hanging baskets and containers. Will bear hundreds of sweet, delicious pea-size tomatoes at a time. Fruits almost year round inside.
  30g Package ( about 15-20 ) seeds $2.50
RTP309 Tiny Tim
Bush type, 18" tall producing loads of excellent salad type tomatoes. Excellent for containers.
Package of 20 seeds $2.15
JF193 Rambling Red Stripe
Vivacious red with gold stripes, 1½ oz fruits, strongly trailing trusses for basket or large patio pot, sweet, det, 45 days.
Package of 10 seeds $2.75
RTP861 Tumbling Tom Red Tomato
Cascading red cherry for patio basket, fruits all summer, well branched, high yield, sweet, determinate, 45 days.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RTP862 Tumbling Tom Yellow Tomato
Cascading yellow cherry for patio basket, fruits all summer, well branched, high yield, sweet, determinate, 45 days.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RTP600 Bush Early Girl Hybrid
Extremely early patio type plant with 4" meaty, sweet tasting fruits. 54 days. Determinate.
Package of 10 seeds $2.15
RTP045 Bush Goliath
Excellent producer of large 3-4 inch fruits on compact 3-4 ft. plants. Developed for patios, with a high sugar content.
Package of 10 seeds $2.15
JF104 Earliana
Compact 30" plant for patio, 4-5 oz. fruits in clusters, great flavor, indet, 85 days.
Package of 10 seeds. $3.95
RTP420 Golden Nugget
Cherry, bright gold 1", mostly seedless, high yield, compact plant for patio, det, 56 days.
Package of 15 seeds $2.15
RTP412 Mini Belle
Compact bush for basket, patio, kitchen window, teeming with juicy 1" red fruits, easy and fun to grow, det, 68 days.
Package of 15 seeds. $2.15
RTP915 Orange Pixie
Dwarf plant, 4 oz., deep oblate, ideal for patio containers, det, 70 days.
Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RTP203 Patio Hybrid
Compact and upright, determinate plants require only 2” stakes and produce their fruits from the bottom of the plant. Bushy, 25” tall dwarf plants are compact and grow well in containers. Vigorous and productive with 4 oz. deep oblate, medium-sized fruit. Very easy to grow and Tolerant to Fusarium Wilt. 70 days.
Package of 20 seeds $2.15
RTP416 Pot n Patio
Compact bush for patio pots, 1" cherry, super tender and tasty, crack resistant, det, 69 days.
Package of 10 seeds. $2.15
RTP237 Red Robin
An extra sweet dwarf that can be container grown. Round, red 1¼" fruits on compact plants reaching only 8 to 12 inches. Ideal for windowsills, patios or hanging baskets. 55 days. Determinate.
Package of 20 seeds $2.15
Strawberry
Notes from Jim: Strawberries can add color to your patio or greenhouse and so easy to grow, they can grow in shallow containers and do not require a lot of space.
You can grow strawberries in almost any type of container that are 6 inches deep, I prefer growing mine in 10" hanging baskets.
2704 Strawberry Temptation
Sweet deep red fruit, runnerless, great for patio pot or basket.
  20mg Package ( about 40-50 seeds ) $2.95
2705 Strawberry Mignonette
French wood type, vigorous, runnerless, many miniature 1" delicious fruits, fragrant white flowers, ideal for patio pot.
  Package of 20 seeds $2.95
Watermelon
JM149 Sugar Baby
One of the few watermelons that can be container grown. Sweet, scarlet 'icebox' melons grow on space-saving vines only 3-1/2 ft long. Most popular ice box melon. One of the sweetest small melons around. Sweet tender, red flesh. Good shipping melon. 6-10 pound fruits. 84 days. Cannot ship to SC

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Jim's Plant Growth Stimulator for Vegetables.
Jim has developed this product through years of testing on his farms. This natural, environmentally safe solution will produce amazing results, producing vigorous plants and larger yields of vegetables. We highly recommend you do you own trial test ( i.e. spray one plant with solution, next to a plant not sprayed with solution over the length of a growing season ) to fully appreciate how effective this product is.
This is a two part water soluble product that should be mixed 14.75cc of each part ( we provide measuring spoon with solution ) to one gallon of water and sprayed onto the foliage of the plants. It contains Food Grade H202, ( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid ( a natural plant growth hormone ), B1 and other plant vitamins, plant hormones, ( made from natural sources ) micronutrients including Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) plus a natural detergent based "sticker" that makes the product stick to the leaves until absorbed by the plant.
This mix will make 16 gallons of solution.
  JPAG07 Plant Growth Stimulator for Vegetables $14.95
BK006 Container Gardening
250 Design Ideas & Step-By-Step Techniques
By: Dditors of Fine Gardening
Paper, 240 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4, full-color photographs, b&w illustrations, Taunton Press, ISBN 1-60085-080-4
If you don't have the space or time for traditional gardening, container gardening could be the perfect way to add bright beautiful splashes of color to your environment.

And Container Gardening the book is the ideal place to get started. Compiled from the pages of Fine Gardening magazine, it provides an in-depth tutorial on the three major facets of container gardening.

• Designing beautiful pots

• Combining plants that will thrive in any region of the country

• Keeping the plants healthy and beautiful all season long

By providing expert advice on plant selection and 285 inspiring photographs, this valuable reference shows you how to choose just the right combination of plants to suit your taste.

You'll learn everything from the basics of grouping plants and creating beautiful entryways to designing lovely window boxes and peaceful water gardens.

Plus, you'll get practical tips and advice on tools, materials, and techniques for making your container garden blossom in all its glory.
 BK006 Container Gardening 250 Ideals $19.95
BK007 Containers
A Practical Guide to Creating Beautiful Pots for Every Season
By: Stephanie Donaldson
Paper with flaps, 96 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, full-color photographs, Southwater, ISBN 1-84215-743-4
Designed for new and experienced gardeners alike, this title contains step-by-step projects and a guide to successful planting in containers—from window boxes and hanging baskets to pots and planters.
 BK007 Containers A Practical Guide $12.95
BK008 The Potted Garden
New Plants and New Approaches for Container Gardens
By: Scott D. Appell, Editor
Paper, 112 pages, 6 x 9, full-color photographs, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ISBN 1-889538-22-1
New techniques, new plants, and new products—celebrate the breakthroughs changing the face of container gardening. From cutting-edge soil mixes to lightweight, winter-resistant, and decorative pots, the seemingly infinite innovations in the field add up to low maintenance and high quality. See how much more beautiful your container garden can be with these breathtaking design concepts, numerous recommendations for outstanding flowers and greenery, and inspired combinations.

Every visually amazing page bursts with creative and stylish ideas for herb, vegetable, hanging, water, alpine, and desert gardens. Build your own planter or window box, select antique or collectible containers, and come to terms with your climate by choosing hardy or drought-tolerant plants and implementing water survival techniques. Whether you’re thinking of a single urn for a small apartment or an entire range of plantings, the only thing you won’t be able to “contain” is your imagination.
 BK008 The Potted Garden $9.95
BK009 Continuous Container Gardens
Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round
By: Sara Begg Townsend & Roanne Robbins
Paper, 224 pages, 9 x 8 3/4, full-color photographs, Storey Publishing, ISBN 1-60342-702-3
Container gardens are the most popular form of gardening, and it's easy to see why—they're simple to plant, quick-growing, and perfect for small spaces. It's no wonder containers have become a must-have outdoor decor element from suburban porches to the rooftops of modern high-rise buildings. But too often, containers peak during just one season and are then left to wither for the remaining months of the year.

In Continuous Container Gardens, garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins have teamed up to offer an innovative system for creating stylish containers that change with the seasons. Using an unusual array of plants, Townsend and Robbins begin with a main stage plant—a woody plant garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial. Then they add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap in and out a supporting cast of plants for a dynamic year-round display. This simple approach yeilds endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of natue.

The book features twelve designer containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants in every season...for a total of 48 looks in all. Each design is supported with stunning photographs of the authors' unique plant palette and the fully realized container garden. Readers will learn to develop their own design eye and style alongside their gardening skills. The authors' writing style is fresh, friendly, and encouraging and is sure to appeal to a new generation of homeowners and gardeners. With Continuous Container Gardens, gardeners of every level, in every setting, will be able to ceate a container scene for every season.
 BK009 Continous Container Gardens $19.95
BK010 Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers
Using Ed’s Amazing POTS System
By:Edward C. Smith
Paper, 254 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4, full-color photographs, Storey Publishing, ISBN 1-58017-556-2
“Garden writer Edward Smith, an avid vegetable gardener, shares his expert knowledge on the subject in this excellent manual for both novice and experienced gardeners.”—The National Gardener

Imagine a vegetable garden that never needs weeding, produces a bountiful harvest, and only requires fresh water once a week or so. This vegetable garden bliss is achievable with today's reliable self-watering containers. Bestselling author and vegetable gardener Ed Smith shares all his secrets—nutrients, soil mixtures, plant varieties, container positioning—for coaxing the very best vegetables, herbs, and even some fresh fruits from a surprising new source.
 BK010 Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers $19.95