These varieties do wonderfully in larger containers or smaller enclosed garden areas. IN. FULL. SUN!
I have grown many myself as “Experiments” to gauge flavor and productivity. I’m very much in love with Mini Love watermelons, Fantastico grape tomato and Honeybaby butternut squash. But it’s like being asked to pick a favorite child.
It is critical that potted plants receive regular watering (but without drowning them) and regular fertilization if they are to thrive and survive.
I recommend growing in 5 gallon buckets or the equivalent, 1″ drain holes are a must, as is plenty of VEGETABLE FERTILIZER every week or two. (“Veggie Tone or Garden Tone” from Espoma is excellent. ) These varieties will not disappoint.
DO NOT USE “YARD DIRT.” Use a good quality potting soil formulated for potted vegetable plants.
Yard Dirt, is too heavy and will compact, choking the roots and eventually killing the plants, plus there are fungal and bacterial pathogens which will attack your plants.
NEW FOR 2020:
Basil, Genovese, Everleaf “Emerald Towers.”
Hot Pepper, “Atomic” 90,000 Scoville units
Tomato, Cocktail Type, “Red Racer,” 57 days
Tomato, Salad Type, “Manitoba,” 58-62 days
Tomato, Slicer, “Bush Champion II,” 65 days
“Honeybaby,” Butternut Squash, 90 days
Watermelon, “Sweet Bush,” 65 days, 14-18″
2020 retail flower & veggie retail prices
Basil, Genovese, Everleaf. New variety bred for "Leaf Harvesting," very slow to bolt/flower, excellent in containers.
NEW. Basil, Genovese, Everleaf, Emerald Towers, 24-36", Genovese basil that’s been bred to flower up to 8 weeks later than standard varieties. Well-branched columnar plant with delicious, robust flavor. great for container or in-ground growing, you’ll have continuous harvests of fresh leaves.
Cucumber, Slicer, Bush, Salad More Hybrid, 55 days, 8" fruits are crisp, with a mild sweet flavor, large container friendly, 2-3' vines, 1988 AAS winner
Cucumber, Pickling, Bush, Pick a Bushel Hybrid, 50 days, 3-6" fruits are sweet, firm and crisp, large container friendly, 2-3' vines, 2014 AAS winner
Eggplant, Italian, Mini, Patio Baby Hybrid, early, 45 days, 2-3" oval fruits, delicious grilled or in kabobs, container friendly, 2014 AAS winner.
Pepper, Sweet, Ace Hybrid, early, cold tolerant, 50 days green 70 red, productive medium sized fruits, container friendly
Pepper, Sweet, North Star Hybrid, 60 days green, 80 days red, hardy plants set fruit even under unfavorable weather conditions, container friendly
NEW. Pepper, Hot, Atomic, 85-95 days, dwarf 18" plant, 90,000 scovilles, very container friendly.
Pepper, Hot, Serrano, Hotrod Hybrid, 57 days green, 77 days ripe red, 6,000 - 23,000 Scoville, extremely productive, container friendly
Tomato, Short, Polbig Hybrid, 60 days, cold tolerant, very flavorful, deep red throughout, 3.5-8 Oz fruits, sets fruit in cool weather, 36-40" plants are LARGE container friendly.
Tomato, Dwarf Grape, Ruby Crush, 60 days, Performs well in large containers, shines in the garden, and has wonderful sugar-acid balanced fruits that resist cracking. Compact 18-24" plants are container friendly.
NEW. Squash, Winter, Butternut, Honeybaby Hybrid, Semi-Bush, 90-95 days, very sweet small 4-8 Oz fruits, short vine, prolific producer, large container friendly
Squash, Winter, Bush Acorn Type, Taybelle. 80 Days, bush habit allows higher density garden plantings to increase overall yield. early maturing. intermediate resistance to powdery mildew. avg. yield: 6-8 fruits/plant. avg. weight: 2-3#, large container friendly.
Strawberry, Day Neutral, Tristar. Superb flavor distinguishes Tristar strawberries from others-it is always delicious! The strawberry plants are disease resistant and produce the largest and most flavorful berries of all the ever bearing varieties. It is the standard strawberry for day neutral production in the northeast.
Tomato, Grape, Dwarf, Fantastico Hybrid, 60 days, hugely productive, compact 15-18" plants, extremely sweet fruits are high in sugars, container friendly
Tomato, Patio, Dwarf, Summerlast. deliciously sweet, large cherry fruits weigh about 1-1/2 oz. each and are bright red with built-in Late Blight resistance and a new, 'lasting performance' trait. this variety maintains very dark green and healthy foliage well into late summer when many other varieties are already spent. excellent for patio containers with minimal support.
NEW. Tomato, Slicer, Dwarf, Bush Champion II, 65 days, one of the best varieties for small space gardens and large containers, compact plants grow to just 24" tall, producing extra-early yields of big, 8-12 oz. fruits with excellent flavor.
NEW. Tomato, Slicer, Dwarf, Manitoba, 58-62 days, fruits are bright red, slightly flattened, good-flavored, and weigh about 6 oz. each. easily grown in a large container or small area.
NEW. Watermelon, Dwarf, Sweet Bush hybrid, 14-18" vines, 65 days, ample foliage cover protects fruits. each plant yields up to 3 fruits that are 10-12 #, best grown in 5 gallon or larger containers.
Watermelon, Mini Love Hybrid, growing in a 10" pot, container friendly, would be happier in a 5 gallon size pot, water and fertilize well. This plant produced 5 melons 2.5-4.5# each
Watermelon, Mini Love Hybrid, sweet juicy and delicious, container friendly, grown by Mike Guay in a 10" pot 2017
Watermelon, Mini Love Hybrid, Freshly sliced at Enchanted Flora Farm, 2017, large container friendly
Watermelon, Dwarf, Mini Love Hybrid, early, 70 days, smaller sweet fruits on 3-4' vines, container friendly, keep well watered and fertilized for best production and results