9 of The Best Vegetables For Container Gardening Are Revealed
Introduction to Vegetable Container Gardening
Vegetable container gardening can bring both bounty and joy. The simple pleasure derived from biting into a tomato that is still warm from the sunshine, picked and consumed on the spot is almost indescribable. The good news is that you can grow just about any vegetable in a container and in the process are likely to save some serious bucks as well by growing your own veggies. Below, therefore, we take a look at 9 of the best vegetables for container gardening as follows:
Tomatoes that are grown in containers are ideal for those who lack sunny locations. It is also the most likely vegetable that most people experiment container gardening with. However, if you have experienced disease problems with previous container gardening ideas and do not have ample room to move your plants, then try putting your tomato plant(s) in a container that has fresh potting. Also, try determinate varieties like Rutgers’ or Celebrity’ for smaller growing plants. You will still require to cage or stake them but will not need to prune them as much.
Radishes are considered fun to grow especially with younger children as they bloom fast, satisfying eager beginners. All you have to do is to scatter some seeds in the container (top level) and ensure that the soil is diligently kept moist. However, remember to harvest them before temperatures soar as they tend to develop strong flavors in late spring.
Spinach can be grown in succession to ensure a steady supply through the spring and fall months. The downside is that the plants tend to bolt as the weather gets hot which is why you should consider growing chard and/or other heat-tolerant plants during the summer.
Peppers are renowned for thriving in containers and they do not need as much moisture as other plants e.g. tomatoes. Moreover, the variety of sizes, heat, flavors, and colors is endless. The rule of thumb when growing peppers is to have a big container so that they can thrive.
For those looking for the best container vegetables, then your choice would have to be lettuce and lush greens. Here, the size of the container does not really matter. Simply take some fertile soil, add the required seeds you wish to plant and keep the soil moist in order to get lovely salads from your home garden.
Mustards like Red Giant’ or Asian greens like Tatsoi’ also grow well in pots. Other salad greens e.g. arugula whose growth can be commenced indoors under lights during the winter months are excellent choices as well. Try collard greens and kale if you wish to extend your vegetable harvest into summer and fall and ensure that you always have greens at the ready for your kitchen.
Bush green beans often thrive in containers as small as 8″ wide and 8″ deep per plant. Try Contender’ or Bush Blue Lake’ for consistent production and good flavor. If you settle on pole beans, remember that they need larger containers in addition to sturdy trellising systems. For best growth, always check the root depth of the vegetables.
Beets generally grow well in small spaces but for best results, try the Red Ace’ type. Here, you need a container that is at least 12 inches deep so that the beets can grow freely. In such a space, one can grow up to six different plants but if you want more, you may opt for baby beets.
Beets also work well when combined with other greens. Try to plant in early spring and do so again in the middle of summer for a fall crop. Beet leaves (greens), just like chard are also edible as they belong to the same species, just different selections or varieties.
Chard is fast becoming a firm favorite in container gardening as people increasingly realize the taste and beauty of this colorful foliage. Chard container vegetables can be harvested throughout the summer period and into fall and if picked on time, they are great for use in salads. If the leaves are a little older, they can serve as a great spinach substitute.
Eggplants are quite ornamental when sown in a container, especially the purple Far East varieties. Try the Gretel’ or Hansel’ varieties for good production and compact plants. As with most vegetables, you will have to stake the plant in the container.