CONTAINER VEGETABLE GARDENING
We can actually grow vegetables in our home in containers.
It makes me feel as I can soon turn my home into a tiny organic farm.
Once you know how to grow your own vegetables, you will want to grow as much as varieties possible.
But container vegetable gardening is not like growing some flowers, so you need to keep in mind a few points before you start.
FEW CONTAINER GARDENING TIPS
Potatoes need large containers, carrots need deep-rooted ones, cucumbers, tomatoes will go well with any wide-mouthed containers.
Choose containers with good drainage, else you can drill holes yourself too in the containers.
Growing vegetables is like actually farming so very good water drainage is required.
You can add gravel or small potting rocks at the bottom to enhance the drainage. But adding pebbles won’t go well with the beet plant.
You cannot grow vegetables in partial shade or on a window sill like indoor herb gardens which propagates in partial shades too.
Too much of intense sunlight could be harmful too. So, on hot summer days, your vegetable containers will prefer some shades too.
Good potting soil with organic nutrients is required. Slow-release fertilizers can also be added.
Raised beds, 5-10 gallon buckets, or rectangular containers. Choose your container well for particular types.
So with all the points in mind, here we go with the best vegetables that could be easily grown in containers.
12 BEST VEGETABLES FOR CONTAINER GARDENING
Growing carrots in pots is a treat to the eyes.
Organic carrot is a vegetable that all should try.
While choosing the container choose it to be 10-12 inches long and you will want to have as much as surface-area possible.
You can harvest the carrot in 10-12 weeks of time.
Tomatoes are among the easiest vegetable to grow but growing tomatoes in containers could be a bit challenging.
You need some really big containers to grow tomatoes. The 5-gallon buckets are suited well for this purpose.
The containers should have a very well drainage system.
Tomato plants require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to grow healthy and bright.
Water regularly as tomato plants do not like their soil to be dried out.
Cucumber plants require a lot of water. So, you will need a healthy amount of potting soil to keep it moistured. As bigger the container, the more amount of water it retains.
You can also go for self-watering containers.
Cucumber will require 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Can anything be better than having fresh garlic to cook plucking from the plant?
Garlic can easily be grown in containers, but you need to be careful to choose a wide or raised garden bed as you will need to place the garlic bulbs at-least 5 inches apart while planting them.
A rectangular container would be good for garlic to grow.
A healthy and crunchy vegetable to grow.
Just like garlic, place them 3-5 inches apart in a rectangular container and relish a bountiful of radishes.
Another leafy vegetable to grow in partial shade.
Spinach leaves will not require direct sunlight all through the day and would rather grow in partial shades too.
Choose a wide-mouthed container for this leafy vegetable.
Peas grow in cool conditions.
Though a vine, but would not require any additional support.
Easy to grow by just placing the pods.
Scatter them all over and do care that the pods are spaced out.
The one which you probably already have as a container vegetable plant at home.
There are varieties of chilies and peppers available.
Pick your right variety and grow them in plenty.
Pepper plants require sunshine and prefer a deep-rooted container. (more than 12 inches would be better)
Another vegetable with a lot of varieties.
Choose well before planting the kind of beans you would like for your kitchen.
Again, a deep-rooted container with 12 inches or long is preferred.
Bean plants in containers would like direct sunlight of 6 hours or so.
Grows well in containers under direct sunlight.
I won’t like beet in my meals but beetroot juices are extremely nutritious and you would like to add it to your diet for regular consumption in small quantity.
One of my favorite vegetables in salads.
Why only salads, when I can put it into my burgers and wraps too.
Grows well in wide-mouthed containers and good nutrient soil.
12. SQUASH/ ZUCCHINI
Very well grown in containers.
Yes, you do not have to run in the market to buy a fresh zucchini for noodles next time.
Have you tried zucchini cakes? Well, they taste great too.
Start with planting quality seeds in a large and deep-rooted container.
Enjoy the good quality and texture of the organic zucchini.