15 Veggies Perfect for Container Gardening
Container gardening is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways for people to get into the hobby.
Not only is container gardening relatively simple and straightforward to get started with, but it’s also inexpensive, has controllable variables unlike gardening out in Mother Nature, and allows you to garden pretty much all year round – indoors as well as out – so that you can really make the most of your time gardening.
At the same time, there are definitely some things you’re going to want to make sure that you understand about container gardening that differentiated from gardening outdoors or “in the wild”. For starters, you’re going to need different materials to help you with container gardening – materials like quality containers, specific mixtures of potting soil, porous paving grids, grass protection mesh mats, and so much more. All of these materials are going to provide you with the environment you need to help your vegetables thrive when they are growing in containers, but some of them are also going to help you transfer these gardens to the outdoors after they have outgrown their pots.
You’ll definitely want to research all of the different materials that you’ll need to get started with before you take the plunge, but you’ll also want to be sure that you are gardening with the right vegetables that will take to containers in the first place.
Here’s a quick list of 15 vegetables and that will absolutely love starting off in a container, the kinds of vegetables that can’t really thrive in these tight and compact spaces before being transplanted outdoors – if they get transplanted at all!
Any container garden out there has grown tomatoes at one point or another, and many of them start with tomatoes right out of the gate simply because of how much these vegetables obviously love the confines of the container spaces. Tomatoes are a perfect veggie to get started with.
Green beans and other beans love containers as well, especially when you prop a small trellis inside of the container and let the vines really go crazy. These are another great starter for those looking to get into the swing of things when it comes to container gardening.
The backbone of any quality salad, there is a number of a variety of lettuces that are going to grow really well in a container garden. Not only that, but these vegetables grow very quickly so you can harvest your container lettuce multiple times each year and enjoy everything it has to offer!
A close cousin to the lettuce, collard greens are also going to grow in a container and if you live in a relatively warm climate – or if you have a hothouse or greenhouse – you can even grow collard greens all year round in your container set up.
Another vegetable that grows very quickly and is capable of growing in almost any style container or pot (wide or deep), if you love radishes you’ll be able to grow them with this style of gardening with ease.
Some people love eggplant and others can’t stand it, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum this is a vegetable that really takes to the confines of potted gardens and thrives.
The odds are good that if Popeye had known how easy it was to grow his own spinach in a container he would never have resulted to that stuff in a can!
Kale is one of the “hot” super foods out there right now, popping up in most every recipe of imaginable that calls for greens of one kind or another. It grows exceptionally well in colder weather which makes it perfect for containers that are going to be kept inside most of the time.
There are a variety of different chard vegetables out there, and though this vegetable closely resembles kale it definitely takes to warmer weather and temperatures better. As long as you have at least 6 inches of space in your container this veggie is going to grow like wildfire.
These are another vegetable that grows with lightning like speed, but they also don’t require a lot of attention, a lot of care, a lot of sun, or a lot of space. Growing your own peas in a container is about as easy as it gets.
Carrots can be started in containers, though you’ll need to make sure that you have a container that is relatively deep to hold the kinds of carrots that you are going to want to cook with. Go with too shallow a container and you’ll end up with a bunch of baby carrots!
Cucumbers are going to require a relatively large pot and will have to be fed and watered on a regular basis, but this slow-growing vegetable will all of a sudden pop with more cucumbers than you’ll even know what to do with if you take care of it right.
Zucchini and squash can both be grown in a container, but zucchini is going to grow a little bit faster, a little bit larger, and a little bit more robust than squash.
No real recipes complete without a pinch, a dash, or a scoop of fresh garlic, and having plenty of garlic around is going to be effortless when you grow your own in your own little container garden.
A number of different kinds of peppers can be grown in containers, but you’ll have to make sure that they get plenty of sun and plenty of water to really thrive the way you want them to
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