Container vs in ground plants

  • Container vs in ground plants

    Posted by SLH on June 14, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    I have another post about how badly my plants have done in containers. Here’s a picture of my cucumbers. They’re turning into fat yellow balls. And then this is growing out of the mulch pile -last two pics….zucchini or pumpkin? . Waiting to finish high tunnel so I can start stuff in there.

    SLH replied 8 months, 3 weeks ago 8 Members · 12 Replies
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  • SLH

    Member
    June 14, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Sorry cucumbers are growing in a container – stock tank. Zucchini/pumpkin is growing out of the ground/mulch pile and there are MANY blooms and fruit on them.

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by  SLH.
    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by  SLH.
  • R-N

    Member
    June 14, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    It may be the soil?

  • MSAnnie

    Member
    June 14, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    I’m having the same trouble with my pickling cucumbers. The ones in the greenhouse and the big garden. The other cucumbers are fine.

    • R-N

      Member
      June 14, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      What kind of soil was used in the containers?

      Bought soil or natural soil?

      • MSAnnie

        Member
        June 14, 2023 at 10:53 pm

        Bought soil for greenhouse. But it’s natural soil in garden area.

      • SLH

        Member
        June 14, 2023 at 11:52 pm

        Same here but it wasn’t bagged. It was a local sand, soil and gravel place

  • Thy-abundance

    Member
    June 14, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Aloha 🌋looks as if your cuc’s hadn’t pollinated properly. Remove them immediately when you see that or let one that’s yellow to save seeds. You also shorten the life expectancy of the plant when you stress them with fruit that’s struggling it’s self. Plant bee attracting flowers around your plants to attract more bees maybe. I also remove the one big leaf from around flower clusters to help the bees fly in and out more freely. Feed your plants with ready available teas or ready available liquid fertilizer. Cuc’s are heavy consumers.

    Container growing ;especially, in plastics are not an easy way to grow. Soil can get to hot and hold to much water if there’s not enough proper ventilation or irrigation which in turn causes soil born troubles. Mulch decomposition if not proper will also cause soil to become to hot when the decomposition process is in process and containers don’t allow enough airflow to cool the soil. Bottom holes isn’t enough. You also need holes on the sides. That will help your soil be healthy. I hate to confess it but container growing is not easy;especial, if you live in a hot or rainy area. I do raised bed, mounding and level farming and so many of the crops thrive outside on the ground much better than a container. It’s how God intended plants to grow, free like people. But as everything else, man wants to control the natural ways and cycles things are done and rule over even growing food crops. That’s why when we find a come again seed plant thriving without our assistant we are puzzled. Plant work through their struggles without us. I pray over every seed and plant we put in the soil.

    “Lord here is a miracle as I hold a seed. You’ve blessed our farm with this gift which hold so much potential. Your seed from above. I place it in the soil as if in Your hands. Tilled the ground then sewed it in Your rich soil, water and feed good nutrients and speak Your Living Word over it daily. I always stand in awe when that tiny seed packed full of energy pushes its little🌱 self through the soil and soon becomes a thriving source of food.”

    Don’t let this discourage you. Always start over and there are many well informed folks here to help support your success.

    God bless

    Aloha 🌺

  • EvW

    Member
    June 15, 2023 at 12:30 am

    My cucumbers slipped past me and turned yellow. Could that be it?

  • FLgarden

    Member
    June 15, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    The cucumbers is over mature but still edible. They may not have grown as big or long as you would like. They do that when it’s hot. The other picture looks like my Seminole Pumpkin so it’s likely a squash or pumpkin.

    • SLH

      Member
      June 15, 2023 at 7:20 pm

      I thought for sure they were zucchini but looking at the seminole pumpkin just might be that instead. We had bought a Cinderella pumpkin last fall and through it out there. Seminole looks a lot like the Cinderella pumpkin. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of it. I’m getting more from my mulch pile than my container garden.

  • cloudy

    Member
    June 16, 2023 at 12:34 am

    Do both. Some things do great and something’s need to be planted in the ground.

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