Experts and BHG readers answer.
What's the best way to start potted vegetables?
Begin by obtaining large containers, at least 12 inches in diameter, and site them in a sunny spot. Better yet, buy a pair of half barrels, which are ideal for veggies. To save your back, place the containers where you want them before you fill them with soil, or place them on plant dollies that you can easily roll around. In each container or half barrel, install a 4-foot-tall teepee-type trellis. Plant a pole bean such as 'Kentucky Blue' around the base of one trellis, and a vining butter bean around the base of the other. A couple of inches inside the edges of the containers, tuck in a few seeds of a compact variety of zucchini, such as 'Gold Rush'. As for the black-eyed peas, try them in a pair of large oblong planters. Black-eyed peas take a long time to mature, and you'll need at least a dozen plants, grown 5 inches apart, to get a good yield of pods.