Beat the rain with container-grown vegetables

Beat the rain with container-grown vegetables

Vegetables such as tomatoes can be very productive in containers. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

With the historic rains this spring and summer, we’ve doubled — and in some cases tripled — the average for several places in Louisiana. It is no wonder some of our plants, yards and gardens are suffering. We’ve already reached 78% of the annual amount of rain, with another half a year to go.

With that rain comes many issues for all sorts of plants, especially our vegetables. If you planted in the ground with saturated soils and poor drainage, you may have already lost your tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables. Even in raised beds like the ones I use at my home, my tomatoes are toast.

One thing we can do to be more fruitful (for-give the pun) with our vegetable plants is to try container gardening. I’ve seen many homeowners defeated and frustrated by diseases that affect vegetable plants who have turned to containers as a solution. When considering diseases of vegetables, the list is long, and one or more culprits such as bacteria, fungus, fungal-like microorganisms and viruses can cause them.


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