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Growing Vegetables in Plastic Containers?

I grew vegetables in plastic containers this year. And somebody said eating veggies from plastic containers isn't healthy. I got these at the flea market. I suspect they came from a nursery. Am I OK to eat these as I did this year?

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Thank you for any help you can give.

By Herrold D

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August 28, 20110 found this helpful
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I've grown vegetables in plastic containers and I'm not dead yet. Many vegetable gardeners use over-sized plastic pots which costs less then clay pots. If you have to move some pots around in your yard for sun exposure, its' less work to move a plastic container than a heavy clay pot.

One of my neighbors in the apartment complex does container gardening. He lost a leg due to a motorcycle accident years ago and is wheel chair bound. He grows a lot of vegetables in the large plastic storage tubs.
I've met people who run off at the mouth, and they can give you a lot of false information.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

Would you eat from a plastic bowl or drink from a plastic cup? Most people do. I doubt there's anything wrong with your plants.

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The best advice I could give is, don't overuse pesticides. Other than that, your veggies are probably fine.

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Amen MCW, you eat what you grow in your plastic tubs and know a lot of us out here do, too.

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August 31, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with all the others. I've been growing more plants in containers as well- due to lack of room & just wanting to grow more varieties of herbs & vegetables. I'm not sick or dead yet either. I think it's just fine. Here's a tip;

Give your plants some Fish Emulsion ( 1 TBSP diluted in 1 gallon of water) . Mark on calendar. Wait 2 weeks & give them Thrive for vegetables (1 packet to 1.5 gallons of water) that week.

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Wait 1 week & give fish emulsion once every week till almost ready to harvest.

There is also Thrive Esp. for Tomatoes & Fruits,and Plants & Flowers. It makes plants get bigger-like double sized & they are beautiful! I have so so many squash plants with lots of runners as a result & my basil plants got huge! I got a sample (they sent me 2 packets) & it works great! Definitely going to buy some for next year. Happy Gardening. : )

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