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Hello fellow ladies of the best circle (don't let the others know!) I come seeking advice! Help!

I am getting keys to my forever home next week. It's a beautiful 1920's house I can give lots of love and wull own outright. I'm needless to say: extra excited and feeling very liberated.

The garden needs a lot of love and soil remediation, and I'll surely be begging for your wisdom on it soon but I want to start with outdoor food containers. I would like them to be elevated as chronic pain makes kneeling / stooping very painful.

Questions:

  1. I would like to grow chard, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and small potatoes (the finger sort). Ideas on depth of the raised planter? I was thinking two feet but I can't find any root length information for food crops....
  2. Since I live in a desert and will be moving from a zone 13 to zone 9b/10a am I going overboard in having the containers under a cover? I'll have a long side deck off my kitchen I would like to use. This should provide shade. FYI my UV index rating at my new home will be an 8 (I am in a 10 to 10+ area now).
  3. Has anyone ever "plumbed" their containers? I want to put in a drain at the bottom of each and then let that water drain off onto the ground where I can plant a fruit bearing tree that can use the excess. Any particular angling needed to ensure gravity "works" and they can all drain together?
  4. The community In moving to is very small and has cooperative food gardening, any high yield container crops I may be missing that might allow me to contribute extra crop and is nutritionally dense?

I've been collecting seeds and starting research but sometimes exposure to those with experience is best so I'm hoping some of you have ideas on how to help make my crazy plan work.

Thank you in advance!

Hello fellow ladies of the best circle (don't let the others know!) I come seeking advice! Help! I am getting keys to my forever home next week. It's a beautiful 1920's house I can give lots of love and wull own outright. I'm needless to say: extra excited and feeling very liberated. The garden needs a lot of love and soil remediation, and I'll surely be begging for your wisdom on it soon but I want to start with outdoor food containers. I would like them to be elevated as chronic pain makes kneeling / stooping very painful. Questions: 1. I would like to grow chard, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and small potatoes (the finger sort). Ideas on depth of the raised planter? I was thinking two feet but I can't find any root length information for food crops.... 2. Since I live in a desert and will be moving from a zone 13 to zone 9b/10a am I going overboard in having the containers under a cover? I'll have a long side deck off my kitchen I would like to use. This should provide shade. FYI my UV index rating at my new home will be an 8 (I am in a 10 to 10+ area now). 3. Has anyone ever "plumbed" their containers? I want to put in a drain at the bottom of each and then let that water drain off onto the ground where I can plant a fruit bearing tree that can use the excess. Any particular angling needed to ensure gravity "works" and they can all drain together? 4. The community In moving to is very small and has cooperative food gardening, any high yield container crops I may be missing that might allow me to contribute extra crop and is nutritionally dense? I've been collecting seeds and starting research but sometimes exposure to those with experience is best so I'm hoping some of you have ideas on how to help make my crazy plan work. Thank you in advance!

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[–] ThisReality 5 points (+5|-0)

My growing zone is different from yours, but I've had great luck with arugula and chard in spring and cucumbers, zucchini, and pole beans/bush beans in summer. Also good luck with tomatoes but they're weird sometimes. Can take a while to get going and then I get them all at once. I've also been growing potatoes, but they don't get very big, which might suit you if you're growing the "finger" type. I grow them from sprouts on store-bought potatoes.

I'm so envious that you have not only your own house, but a 1920s beauty as well. Congrats!