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    I’m trying to set up a small-scale garden in the back of my apartment. I’m looking to grow tomatoes and peppers primarily, with the possibility of other produce if the soil is fertile enough.

    I was wondering if anyone had some simple tools that I could borrow to get it going. Maybe a good shovel or two, and something with which to till the soil. All other supplies that I would need to maintain the garden I will eventually buy.

    Let me know if anyone could help out! I promise I’ll return everything as I receive it.

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    lazyfish
    lazyfish
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    johnaesthetica wrote I’m trying to set up a small-scale garden in the back of my apartment. I’m looking to grow tomatoes and peppers primarily, with the possibility of other produce if the soil is fertile enough.

    I was wondering if anyone had some simple tools that I could borrow to get it going. Maybe a good shovel or two, and something with which to till the soil. All other supplies that I would need to maintain the garden I will eventually buy.

    Let me know if anyone could help out! I promise I’ll return everything as I receive it.

    if you live in the city you should not grow food in the “native” soils…they are polluted with high levels of lead and other heavy metals…it is best to buy soil and grow your tomatoes and peppers in pots…5 gallon buckets work great…columbus used to have a tool lending service….also look into community gardens in your area….

    #194493

    I have been doing some research myself, with the same aim. I found a couple good articles on container gardening. One recommends using a soilless potting mixture. Here is the recipe:

    Materials To make 2 bushels

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    Shredded peat moss 1 bushel

    Vermiculite 1 bushel

    Ground limestone 1 1⁄4 cups

    Superphosphate (0-20-0) 1⁄2 cup

    or Superphosphate (0-45-0) 1⁄4 cup

    5-10-5 fertilizer 1 cup

    Let me know if you want links to the rest of the article and the others I found. They discuss container sizes for different vegetables, varieties that work best in container environments, light requirements of various plants, as well as best times for transplanting and harvesting, etc…

    #194494

    UncommonSense wrote

    Let me know if you want links to the rest of the article and the others I found.

    Yes, please. I’ll take all the info I can get.

    #194495

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    lazyfish wrote

    if you live in the city you should not grow food in the “native” soils…they are polluted with high levels of lead and other heavy metals…it is best to buy soil and grow your tomatoes and peppers in pots…5 gallon buckets work great…columbus used to have a tool lending service….also look into community gardens in your area….

    Never hurts to be careful

    if anyone wants to test their soil for lead or anything else I can hook ya up, we have an EPA certified lab.

    The tests are reasonable as a one time expense for any serious gardener, but not DIRT CHEAP. (HAHA!)

    -m

    #194496

    johnaesthetica wrote

    UncommonSense wrote

    Let me know if you want links to the rest of the article and the others I found.

    Yes, please. I’ll take all the info I can get.

    [url=http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf708246.tip.html][u]This site[/u][/url] has a link to a PDF from Iowa State on Container Vegetable Gardening, as well as some other links which look promising, though I haven’t checked them yet.

    Here’s another link to a PDF on harvesting and planting times:

    Click to access PM534.pdf

    I think I will use the soilless mix. The advantages are discussed in the first article: “Soilless potting mixes are best for container vegetable

    gardening. They have several advantages over soil. Soilless

    mixes are free of plant disease organisms and weed seeds,

    are less likely to compact, hold moisture and plant nutrients

    well, and are lightweight—making the container more

    portable.”

    I will probably start my seedlings sometime this week. I’m thinking tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce and some herbs as well. Maybe I’ll be more adventurous next year, but I haven’t done any gardening since I was a child helping my grandmother.

    Let me know if the links are bad or anything, or keep me posted on your garden’s progress if you want. Good luck!

    #194497

    Mercurius
    Participant

    I just made a trip out to Baker’s Acres

    Home

    I have all the tools anyone needs and will be working on my garden tonight. Just give me a PM to let me know if you need to pick up anything.

    #194498

    BrianG
    Member

    Merc,

    Has anything been planted yet or are you just getting started?

    #194499
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Anne & I have been planting container gardens for the past few years, primarily growing different types of peppers and tomatoes. We did containers since we only had balconies and brick patios to garden on. Some years were better than others. I’m sure Anne can give a more detailed lowdown on the highs and lows of our adventures, as she’s the one who did most of the research on this topic.

    We’re going to attempt to do an in-ground garden this year, so soil testing is something we need to look into.

    #194500

    Mercurius
    Participant

    BrianG wrote Merc,

    Has anything been planted yet or are you just getting started?

    Just getting started. Sent away for soil testing last week

    http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/soilandwater/soils/soilsampling/tabid/9074/Default.aspx

    And doing bed preparation this week after work. Hoping to plant next weekend.

    #194501

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    Walker wrote

    We’re going to attempt to do an in-ground garden this year, so soil testing is something we need to look into.

    Trace metals testing is pretty cheap if you just run one sample and only want to test for lead and arsenic and maybe cadmium. The industrial areas here tend to have some lead, the formerly agricultural areas tend to have some arsenic because of historic pesticide use.

    Most soils around here are actually ok, but yeah, there is an increase in the probability of lead contamination in the city so its worth it if you’re not sure what your lot was used for historically or what your groundwater has brought in.

    -m

    #194502

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    If anyone wants to know, I Just got prices from our lab manager.

    $12 per metal tested for except mercury, which is $30. There is a $20 sample prep fee for soil and a $10 fee for water.

    so a single soil sample just tested for lead is $32. Lead and Arsenic would be $44.

    -m

    #194503

    alison
    Member

    Mercurius wrote I just made a trip out to Baker’s Acres.

    Ahhh. I am an anemic pale green with envy!

    I have two gift certificates for Baker’s Acres. Need to steel myself for the drive out there.

    #194504
    Manatee
    Manatee
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    Mercurius wrote I just made a trip out to Baker’s Acres

    Home

    I have all the tools anyone needs and will be working on my garden tonight. Just give me a PM to let me know if you need to pick up anything.

    You did not. You DID NOT!!?

    #194505

    Mercurius
    Participant

    I’ll be more than happy to go again. It was kinda a spur of the moment trip. Sarah is in California (or one of those pacific bound states they said.)

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