Explorations in container and companion gardening
I currently live in an apartment with an 8' by 8' cement patio in the back (south) with dirt around it (so, not screened in and a little room between the patio and the Official Landscape Shrubberies). My husband and I may or may not move in the next year depending on the economy and local real estate and all that fun stuff, which boils down to a need for containers that can be moved but hopefully won't need to be moved frequently once the last frosts have passed. I am in zone 8b. This was my first year gardening and I successfully grew basil, oregano, and rosemary from seed, and aloe and strawberries as store-bought plants. I also was successful in my experiments with making my own self-watering containers that are 1'x1'x1.5' large. In my nebulous plans for next spring, I am considering making a larger SWC (maybe 4' long?) and planting a tomato plant, sweet bell pepper plant, and fill in the edges with basil and/or oregano. Is this over ambitious? Over crowded? Overly heavy? Is it worth my while to get a dwarf blueberry bush and grow it in a SWC or should I just wait till we get a yard? We'd like to grow peas - what would be good companion plants with peas in a container? ... I think that's all the questions I have for now. Any and all advice is appreciated!