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Amazon has the Raised Bed Gardening 5-eBook Bundle (Kindle) for $0 downloaded. Five eBook set serves as a beginner's guide to growing vegetables in raised beds and containers. Getting good reviews.
Retail: $7.95

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    Justanod Ben's cred: 167
    Posted 2:59 pm PST 02/9/14

    Thinking about a mostly topsy-turvy upside down hanging garden this year. Need to build some sort of structure and rig up a timed watering system. Must be an e-book about it.

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    nonesuch Ben's cred: 54
    Posted 4:03 pm PST 02/9/14

    Umm, it's not $0. It's $7.95. If there was a discount on it, it's expired.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3429
    Posted 4:14 pm PST 02/9/14

    Here are a few guides: http://www.google.com/search?q=Raised+Bed+Gardening+PDF

    Justanod, upside down gardens tend to be much lower producers. Even if your pot is no larger than a 5 gallon bucket you can easily get double the yield from right side up plants, let alone putting them in the ground surrounded by good topsoil.

    It need not be a raised garden, a lot of the benefit can be had by just removing half a cubic foot of soil and replacing it with good topsoil when it's time to transplant the plant into the ground, though you might want to loosen or add deeper topsoil for things that produce under ground like carrots, potatoes, onions, etc.

    It also helps to plan a year in advance. Put lots of brown material like small tigs, leaves, coffee grounds, moss, etc in a hole you dig, then a year later you have very rich and well draining soil in that spot.

    Some people instead make a dedicated compost heap and go through a lot of work turning and watering it then moving it to the garden when it isn't necessary if you plan ahead. Nature composts fine all by herself.

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    Justanod Ben's cred: 167
    Posted 7:02 pm PST 02/9/14

    Great info from Dave_C as usual.

    I think the lower yields might be partly due to insufficient watering of upside down plants ... at least that's the hypothesis I plan to test this year. I envision a water pump on a timer saturating the planters three times per day.
    For a garden that is mostly tomatoes and hot peppers, I hope to justifiy lower yields with less weeding and staking.
    For the tomatoes, I'm betting mid-sized indeterminate types will fare the best.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3429
    Posted 8:05 pm PST 02/9/14

    ^ Yes, basically having it hanging limits the amount of soil used, which then limits the water and other nutrients. You can water more often but if you water too often the soil surface never dries out and promotes fungus (root rot) and soil dwelling insects.

    You can fertilize more often too but at some point you risk a high concentration burning the roots while in a larger pot it spreads out more, -or- if you don't fertilize as much, then you just accept less growth.

    I find that even 5 gallon pots greatly stunt tomatoes and hot peppers. Here's one pepper grown in an 18(?) gallon tub last year, it would never have grown to that size in a smaller container...
    http://imageshack.com/i/ngr9qgj

    ... but it still didn't grow as large as some in the ground
    http://imageshack.com/i/5b4h2mj

    The other benefit of using right side up pots is that it's far easier to overwinter plants inside. Most peppers are perennials if you keep them above freezing. They'll go dormant and drop leaves without enough sun but if the soil is kept moist many will survive.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3429
    Posted 8:21 pm PST 02/9/14

    Tomatoes I don't even try to grow in containers any longer because they get tall and then a gust of wind comes along and takes them out. I mean even if staked, either the stake breaks or the whole container tips over.

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