If your main problem is lack of garden space, do not despair. You an still grow your own food or have decorative plants by using containers or pots. If you are interested in starting your own edible garden in order to have a steady supply of fresh produce and save money on groceries, the following are 15 of the best vegetables to grow in containers or pots.
Shared from: The Self Sufficient Living
1: Beets –
This kind of variety grows well in small spaces – however, if you want best results try to grow “Red Ace” type. You need to have a pot, which has at least 12 inches depth so that beets can grow freely. Within such a space, you can grow up to six different plants. If you want to have more, opt the baby beets.
2: Beans –
There are two best types of bush varieties including “derby” and “provider” – for growing these you need a pot which has about 12 inches depth. It is important to check root depth of vegetables for better growth. If you want to grow long poles within a box, you would have to attach trellis along with the pot.
Are you interested in growing carrots in containers? If yes, then you must start growing the varieties like:
- Short n Sweet
- Little Fingers
If you actively water the pot, you are more likely to get a healthier plant. In case you wish to have longer plants, make sure you choose deeper pots.
4: Cole Crops:
Cole crops include cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage; these are the easiest vegetables to grow in containers. However, you should not plant lot of types in a single pot otherwise, they will not be able to grow.
If you are interested in growing cucumber in containers, then always go for “Salad Bush” or “Bush Pickle” varieties. You must consider the plants coming out of the edges of the pot.
Any pot which has the capacity to hold up to 5 inches depth can be used for growing eggplant. However, without stake you would not be able to hold the plant in the pot, so be careful.
7: Lettuce and other greens:
If you are looking for best container vegetables, then your choice would be lush greens and lettuce. In this case, the size of the pot does not come into a count. Take some fertile soil, add the required seeds and keep the soil moist so that you can get lovely salads from the home garden.
Have you heard about dwarf melon “Bush Sugar Baby” melons? These are tiny watermelon types, which are perfect to grow in small pots. In a deep pot, it would continue to grow and leave the edges with spirals. These would provide the fruit with necessary support, so pay special attention to it.
Particularly green onions are known to grow well in containers. You require a bag of set and a pot, which is about 4 to 5 inches deep. Within this size, you can freely grow an onion until it is a bulb size.
You can plant up to six plants within a 12-inch deep pot of the following baby pea variety:
- Green Arrow
- English peas
- Sugar Bon’ snap pea
It is an ideal rule to have a big pot so that peppers grow better. You have the liberty to grow any kind of pepper within the container.
It is always fun to grow potatoes, and specially fun growing potatoes in a container. You need a pot, which has up to 12 inches, and plant 3 to 4 potato es in the pot. Keep on giving it enough water so that plant starts to produce; make sure all the stems are fully covered with soil. Within a few months, you can get early potatoes and later you can take out the larger ones.
Radishes can be grown quickly and easily even if you have the smallest container. All you have to scatter are some seeds in the pot (top level) and keep the soil moist diligently.
Use a 5 to 7 inch deep pot so that you can grow lovely winter squash varieties – these may include:
- Cornell Bush Delicata
- Papaya Pear
- Table King’
It is your right to have juicy and fresh tomatoes; you can certainly grow them in pots. However, you must try first a dwarf variety like ‘Bush Big Boy’ in a 5-inch deep container. The popular dwarf varieties are;
- Tiny Tim
- Window Box Roma
All these varieties fit perfectly in smaller size containers and pots.
Therefore, by now you must be intrigued enough to start planting vegetables in the containers. Growing blueberries in pots is also a fun activity. Once done with veggies you can start your own fruit garden as well.