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Remember, anything that stands vertically and can be used to keep netting off the plants will work: sticks, old golf clubs, new golf clubs if your game has deserted you, etc. You may have or be able to get rather cheaply some outdoor furniture in the form of little tables or even large stools. Turn the table upside down and place the plant s on the underside of its top.

Then drape netting over the upturned legs. No netting? Try wrapping fishing line around the legs at close intervals. Use little pieces of duct tape to attach the line to the legs and keep it from falling down. Cut out a piece of cardboard for the top. Be creative and think outside the pots. I had a similar issue with birds on my deck leaving a mess on my patio furniture and hot tub.

I read that NASA does this same trick with fuel pods. Last year I started indoors with container gardening and when my potatoes and tomatoes got to about 4" tall I moved them outside. Big mistake. My 20 containers were down to 6 containers within 4 days. The remaining two containers were those potatoes that just didn't make it. So now I want to start again but keep them inside entirely. Last year I about bankrupted myself in natural light bulbs and high intensity bulbs. This year, I plan to use a multilevel bookcase right in front of an east facing window and hope they will grow pas their 4" and become real veggies.


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I have copious plastic and clay pots and I will use the idea of putting the ugly plastic into the prettier clay, but I have to say, reading the comments, this all sounds pretty overwhelming. Any ideas to just tame it down to some njce veggies growing in my house? Vegetables like potatoes and tomatoes will grow best outdoors. Depending on where you live you can plant potatoes in the ground as soon as the soil warms up.

Tomato seedlings can be started in smaller pots indoors but then transplanted into bigger pots before placing them outdoors. Some of your vegetables will need to be pollinated by bees or other insects to produce fruit. Please see our growing guides for different vegetables before getting started.

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You should acclimate your veggies,plants etc. Tomato's will get burned moving them directly outside as will other plants,even if you've had them under artificial lights. There are insects on my plants which are destroying it which insecticide is better to kill them which is available in india. If you have neem oil - that kills most bugs and it won't harm plants.

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Soapy water is also good. Won't hurt plants. To rid plants of bugs, spray with a calcium drench. I started growing container vegetables last year very sucessful. Do I need to spill out the dirt from last year and refill it in order to start over again? I had tomatoes, cucumbers,kale collard,zucchini,peppers and some herbs. Good question. The bottom line is, do not plant the same vegetables in the same dirt. If you carefully rotate your crops, just like a ground-level gardener, you can continue use the soil.

If you haven't kept track of what grew in which pot, it would be best to start with new dirt this year. Then, plan to rotate in the coming years.

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Have a great harvest! I would like to know what you think about growing squash in large pots sitting on a table? I want to try this because I don't have good garden space. Thank you! It would need to be a very sturdy table, such as a garden workbench or sturdy picnic table. For squash, even patio types, you'll need to use at least a 5-gallon pot that's 24 inches deep. With soil added, they can weigh quite a bit.

A gallon pot, for example, can weigh more than 50 pounds. If you do want to try it, make sure the table is very solid, not wobbly, and won't tip if children, adults, pets, or wildlife might bump it or in the case of animals walk over it. Also, the drainage from the pots will spill out onto the table--so it should be able to handle moisture. As an alternative, tiny, compact squash varieties can be grown in upside-down hanging planters. Hi, I am quite new at gardening and I am grateful for the advice you give which seems to be life saving to me.

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It has always been listed on my bucket list to start growing vegetables and be good at it and it looks like your tips could help me realise that. Post reading your article, I am now opting for Peppers and Tomatoes for a start. Thanks from Mauritius to the Almanac staff for such precise and helpful tips. I am really unsure why there are little nats around my plants. Everything is growing amazingly and I am so proud of it.

These nats are very confusing to me. I water them once a day because of how warm it gets down in Florida and since its been sunny out. My roommate is growing chives and mint. Can that be attracting these little critters to all of the plants? I am not understanding why these annoying bugs are even near the plants! Also how can I avoid bugs coming near my plants?

Is the soil way too damp where these bugs are growing in it or do my plants have a disease or something?

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Please help me out! Hi Tori, These gnats are sometimes called fungus gnats and are common around houseplants. They infest the soil in the containers. The larvae feeds on organic matter and roots. Let the soil dry out and then spray the plants and soil with insecticidal soap. If possible water the plants from the bottom. There are several tiny flies that might be causing a problem. Could these be fungus gnats?

They can often be a problem in wet, rotting organic matter. The adult gnats don't harm your plants, but they lay eggs in the soil. The larvae of the gnats live in the top of the soil feeding on decaying matter, root hairs, mulch, compost, and fungi. Since they can feed on root hairs, the larvae can stunt a plant's growth if in large numbers, but this usually only occurs in indoors situations, such as greenhouses.

Outdoors, they usually don't cause serious damage. Outdoors, they might be harder to control, but to help get rid of the eggs, you can try to remove and discard some of the loose soil around your plants without disturbing the roots. Add fresh sterile soil and a thin layer of sand to the surface of the soil. Let the soil dry out and only water when the soil becomes dry down to about 2 inches deep or so.