Plant vegetable transplants or seeds the same as you
would if planting in the ground. Tomato plants can be placed deeper in
the pot just as you do when planting in the ground. By planting
tomatoes deeper you encourage more root growth along the stem so plant
them about 1/3 to 1/2 deeper than they were in the container you
purchased them in.
You will need to support your some of your container
vegetables. Tomato cages can be used for smaller tomato plants, peppers,
and cucumbers. You will need to make cone shaped "cages" from concrete
reinforcing wire or lighter weight fencing material. Stakes can also be
used to give plants support, by putting a few around the edge of your
pots to form a pyramid. This works well to give vegetable plants
support. Trellises may be in order for climbing plants like cucumbers.
Before you plant, put landscape cloth, screen, gravel or
chards of clay pots in the bottom of the pot to insure proper drainage.
After planting, add around one inch of mulch to help retain water in
Please remember that larger plant containers can become
very heavy so if you plan on moving these containers around, please
consider getting rolling platforms and save your back.
Keep in mind that the differences in growing seasons may
affect your "crops" so check with your local agricultural extension
service for local information.