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Growing a Salad

Publication Number: M1221
Updated: May 16, 2016
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You Will Need

  • 16-inch terra-cotta pot
  • Sterilized potting soil
  • Rocks
  • Time-release fertilizer granules
  • One patio tomato
  • One Italian parsley
  • One sage
  • One sweet basil

Follow these Steps

  1. Fill to within 2 inches of the rim with potting soil mixed with fertilizer granules.
  2. Place the tomato plant in the center of the pot. Plant it deeper than it was in its original container, and firm the soil down well.
  3. Plant parsley at the back of the pot. Position the parsley so it will have adequate room and will not be crowded as the tomato plant matures.
  4. Plant basil opposite of the parsley in the front of the pot. You may find several basil seedlings in one pot; if so, you can plant the extras in other containers.
  5. Plant the sage.
  6. Move the pot to its final location, and water well.

Favorite Vegetables for Containers

Try to choose container-friendly varieties—vegetables that are naturally limited in size or that are the results of breeding specifically for potting. When you read seed catalogs, look for varieties described with words such as these:

  • Compact
  • Good for containers
  • Bush-type
  • Baby vegetable
  • Midget
  • Dwarf
  • Tiny


Plant your container vegetables when you plant your regular garden. Start with seeds or nursery transplants, and follow recommendations for spacing provided on seed packets and in vegetable guides. The following vegetables are great choices for moderate-size containers, from 8 to 18 inches in diameter:

Vegetables
Herbs & Spices
Beans
Beets
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Lettuce
 

Onions
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Radish
Spinach
Squash
Tomatoes

 
Basil
Chives
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
 

M1221 (POD-05-16)
Prepared by Natasha Haynes, Extension Agent, Hinds County.

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Authors

Extension Agent IV
Family & Consumer Sciences

Your Extension Experts

Extension/Research Professor
Greenhouse Tomatoes and other vegetables, Field Vegetables, Mushrooms

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