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Post  garden_noob 11/17/2010, 10:14 pm

I have a planter box between two terraced grass areas along my entry walk and I want to plant some kind of vegetable or fruit plant there. Right now I have ornamental plants but I figure if I'm going to water something I may as well water a food producer....

I'd like the plant to not grow much higher than 18" and it's only got roughly a 1' diameter. The planter runs the length of the entry walk (x axis), maybe 30', but it's only about a foot on the y axis and maybe 18" on the z axis. Potted in the ground is preferable (gophers).

Any suggestions? Full sun most of the day.

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Post  middlemamma 11/18/2010, 2:01 am

Hi!

I started to answer your question earlier today and then thought I just don't know how tall all plants get to tell you for sure...

If I had to guesss though I would think maybe some bush beans? Lettuce or spinach might work too. Radishes?

Also maybe you could search dwarf vegtable and fruit plants?
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Post  happyfrog 11/18/2010, 5:23 am

brassicas don't grow much taller than 2 feet.

i know my brussel sprout plants are right at/under 2 feet tall and they're a VERY cool looking plant. actually, they're so cool to look at i plan on planting more in the spring in my landscaped portion of my front yard. they are just neat!

kale is another pretty plant that's real hardy - overwinters in zone 5b real well - learned that by accident last year. it will flower though after overwintering, so you will need to pinch those back if you don't want the plant to taste real bitter.

a lot of restaurants around here grow cabbage actually as ornamental - i always wonder how many folks realize that they could reach down and eat the plant they're smoking beside (not that one would want to eat them after all that regular smoke exposure) but still, that's another pretty plant. and there are all different kinds.

carrot tops are usually not taller than 12 inches - that might be another idea. .

do share what you ultimately decide to plant. Smile

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ps this year i planted a cherry tomato plant smack in the middle of my front yard landscaping and it looked really pretty there! i think some of hte neighborhood kids figured out what it was as there was regular 'harvesting' of the tomatoes on it - and not by me.
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Post  camprn 11/18/2010, 8:58 am

My Brussels sprouts have reached 3 foot height and the kale is over 2 feet tall now. In the warmer time of the year you could prune & train cherry type tomato to grow horizontally on a low profile trellis. Bush type peas in the spring? Very Happy
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Post  Odd Duck 11/18/2010, 12:15 pm

If we knew your zone we might be able to give better recommendations, since zone 3 would have very few possibilities this time of year but zone 10 would have nearly endless possibilities.

That said, my first vote would be for carrots - very pretty plant, they overwinter to colder zones than mine (not sure how cold, someone else further north chime in for me) and get sweeter after a light frost. Beets are also a pretty plant and come with different colors of hearty, substantial, delicious leaves (and the beets come in many colors, also), fennel is fairly hardy and comes in bronze and green, very pretty, airy foliage. Ornamental kale is gorgeous and quite cold tolerant and, of course, edible, does get fairly tall as previously mentioned can be 2' tall.

What type of foliage do you like and what kind of veggies? What zone? Help us help you! Very Happy
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Post  garden_noob 11/19/2010, 12:40 am

@Odd Duck wrote:If we knew your zone we might be able to give better recommendations, since zone 3 would have very few possibilities this time of year but zone 10 would have nearly endless possibilities.

That said, my first vote would be for carrots - very pretty plant, they overwinter to colder zones than mine (not sure how cold, someone else further north chime in for me) and get sweeter after a light frost. Beets are also a pretty plant and come with different colors of hearty, substantial, delicious leaves (and the beets come in many colors, also), fennel is fairly hardy and comes in bronze and green, very pretty, airy foliage. Ornamental kale is gorgeous and quite cold tolerant and, of course, edible, does get fairly tall as previously mentioned can be 2' tall.

What type of foliage do you like and what kind of veggies? What zone? Help us help you! Very Happy

My apologies, I thought the region showed up on my posting info by default (Eden). I'm in SoCal, North San Diego County to be exact. Winter is not something I see much of...

I don't really care about foliage per se, the beats sound like a good idea though. I'm more concerned with height maximums and I guess something we like to actually eat. Carrots would be a good idea but I can't really keep the gophers off of them in the planter I'm stuck with. It's a concrete block wall on both sides, separating an upper and lower grass area.

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