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Container Vegetable Gardening

Updated on June 19, 2010
Herb Garden in Containers
Herb Garden in Containers

Vegetables For Your Containers

Pole Beans make excellent plants for your containers as you can grow several pole beans in each container and run them up and onto wooden frames. You can grow and produce a lot of pole beans in a very small space.

Cucumbers are an excellent item to grow in containers and you want to grow your cucumbers up for best performance. Make a trellis out of wood or wood and twine to allow your cucumbers to grow on. This way you will produce a lot more cucumbers than if you tried to grow them on the ground.But keep in mind that cucumbers can be heavy so be sure to keep your cucumbers picked off the plants so the plants will keep producing cucumbers.

Tomatoes are another excellent item to grow in containers. If your growing several different varieties of tomatoes you will have to plant the different varieties in containers a few feet apart to make sure your tomatoes don't cross up with each other.

All kinds of peppers including both sweet and hot peppers are perfect plants for container gardening. When you grow peppers be sure to keep the peppers picked off your plants or they will think you don't need more peppers and they will stop producing new peppers.

Squash are another great item to grow in your containers. Again be sure to keep the squash picked off your plants to insure that your squash plants keep producing new squash.

You can grow sweet potatoes in 5 gallon containers but you want to be sure to have plenty of drainage holes in the containers and be sure to have three inches of gravel or small rocks in the bottom of each container you plan to plant sweet potatoes in. In the fall you just pour out the containers to harvest your sweet potatoes.

Have you ever tried growing vegetables or herbs in containers? Do you have tips , suggestions , or comments you can share with us about planting vegetables or herbs in containers? How did it work out with you growing vegetables in containers? Post your comments , tips , or suggestions below now.

And thanks for reading my hub page on container vegetable gardening. I hope you will post a comment below and let me know what you think about container vegetable gardening.

Growing Vegetables and Herbs In Containers.

You don't need a lot of land to grow fresh vegetables. You can grow a lot of vegetables in containers in only a little room. Even apartment dwellers can grow delicious vegetables in a few containers on their back porch or balcony. As long as you get at least partial sun you can grow your own delicious vegetables. Herbs can be grown in only a little bit of space like in the photo above.

Plastic buckets make great containers for growing vegetables but you need to insure that you have proper drainage by cutting 1 inch diameter holes in the buckets bottom and you need about 3 inches of gravel or small rocks in the bottom of each bucket. After you add the gravel or rocks then add your dirt.

Tomatoes , Squash , Peppers and yes even Corn are perfect plants for container gardening. You can even use large square plastic containers for your container gardening but they will be really heavy once they are filled with gravel or rocks and dirt. I grow my cucumbers in containers every year. Herbs are the perfect plants for container gardening and you can control the spread of herbs like Mint that will spread fast if its planted directly into the ground.

You could even plant a salad garden container by planting a tomato , a cucumber , and chives or cilantro in one large container. Old tires with or with out the rims removed make great containers for planting your vegetables in. You can stack old tires with the rims removed and grow a huge amount of potatoes in just a little space. Start your potatoes in the bottom tire and keep adding more tires and more dirt as the potato plants grow. Just keep adding more tires and more dirt. Once your tires are stacked 5-6 tires deep with your potato plants growing out the top you'll be surprised how many potatoes you'll produce.

Just remember that no matter what containers you use for your container gardening you must have holes for drainage in the bottom of your containers and you really need a few inches of small rocks or gravel in the bottom of each container to help with drainage. And you want your containers to be light colors because dark colors will absorb and retain more heat from the sun and if they get to hot they can damage the roots of your plants and if they get to hot even kill your plants.


Feel free to post your tips , suggestions and comments about growing vegetables in containers.

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      Delhi Flowers 

      6 years ago

      I got a container of lettuce from Home Depot this spring, and it has been great! Easy to take care of, although it does need to be watered frequently.

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      jems 

      6 years ago

      Nice post! You truly have a wonderful way of writing which I find captivating! I will definitely be bookmarking you and returning to your blog.

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      souleru 

      7 years ago

      Great suggestions on what to grow!

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      SJerZGirl 

      7 years ago

      How many plants do you think I could grow in a plastic bucket that usually contains 28 lbs of cat litter? I'm thinking tomato.

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