What vegetables can be grown in containers?

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  1. Ultimate Hubber profile image65
    Ultimate Hubberposted 12 years ago

    And have you grown any of them successfully?

    1. Michael Willis profile image68
      Michael Willisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have grown squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper (peppers of all kind) successfully in containers.

  2. gracenotes profile image91
    gracenotesposted 12 years ago

    Depends on the size of the container.  Some could be considered raised beds  -- that's what I'm doing currently.

    If it's merely a very large pot -- tomatoes, peppers, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, and herbs of all kinds.

    1. Bob Ewing profile image63
      Bob Ewingposted 12 years ago

      Tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, zukes, beans, peas. Match the plant to the container,fill with organic soil and compost, place in right spot, water as needed and bingo, veggies.

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        Motown2Chitownposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        So glad to find this thread, I was going to post the same....can you tell me how deep the containers need to be for the veggies you mentioned?  I'm concerned about them not rooting properly.

        1. recommend1 profile image60
          recommend1posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          For veggies that are top growing 10 inches is a good minimum, 12 a good average and 18 inches moore than enough.  Rooting vegetables need enough room on a common sense basis as you are not going to get 10 pounds of potatoes in an 18 inch pot big_smile   For long root vegetable - competetive growers for shows etc will often grow them in pieces of vertical 18 inch (or less) drain pipe to get long straight roots.

    2. souleru profile image60
      souleruposted 12 years ago

      How big were your containers for these vegetables usually?

    3. profile image0
      EmpressFelicityposted 12 years ago

      Tomatoes grow really well in containers about 10 inches (25 cm) across. Loose leaf lettuce, rocket, chard and spring onions do well too.

    4. Pearldiver profile image69
      Pearldiverposted 12 years ago

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    5. cat on a soapbox profile image96
      cat on a soapboxposted 12 years ago

      Most all veggies can be grown successfully in containers of the proper size/depth with the exception of corn. There are compact versions of squashes, melons, and other sprawlers available now.

    6. Deborah-Diane profile image82
      Deborah-Dianeposted 12 years ago

      I agree that virtually any vegetable can be grown in containers, except corn.  However, you can grow corn in a raised flower bed.  We used to grow cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets, and they actually looked nice and the tomatoes didn't lay in the dirt!  If you are going to grow your own veggies, don't forget to grow some of your own herbs, too!  We always have a pot of mint handy.

    7. Hollie Thomas profile image59
      Hollie Thomasposted 12 years ago

      Also strawberries, but there not veggies.

    8. profile image0
      Home Girlposted 12 years ago

      Did anyone say 'green onions'? I do. And I think any herbs you can grow if you have a sunny space.

    9. firefly07 profile image60
      firefly07posted 12 years ago

      I have grown a number of vegetables in containers - tomatos, lettuce, courgettes, dwarf french beans, raddish, broad beans and leeks.  Even strawberries have grown well in special strawberry containers on the patio.  The added bonus of growing in containers is that if you have a sunny, sheltered spot in your garden or on your patio you can have fresh, homegrown vegetables well into autumn.

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image59
        Hollie Thomasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I'm actually half way through writing a hub on this very subject and also how to grow veggies when you have limited space available.

    10. DeborahNeyens profile image92
      DeborahNeyensposted 12 years ago

      I like growing mixed greens in window boxes, and have great succcess with it.  The fruit on tomato plants doesn't seem to get as big when grown in pots vs. directly into the ground, but tomatoes that bear smaller fruit anyway, like cherry tomatoes, seem to do especially well in containers.

      Hollie, looking forward to your hub.

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image59
        Hollie Thomasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Deborah.

    11. kmackey32 profile image64
      kmackey32posted 12 years ago

      I have a hub on the specific question.

      http://kmackey32.hubpages.com/hub/thebe … ng-at-home

    12. nflagator profile image72
      nflagatorposted 12 years ago

      I don't think there is any veggie that can't be grown in containers.  Potatoes might be problematic, but you can grow them in a garbage bag, just keep piling in dirt as they grow UP.  Even melons can be rooted in containers, just spread the vines out along the ground as they grow.
      I've used 5 gallon buckets and other buckets (from the local bakery which had custard filling in it).
      Personally I plan on trying aquaponics for my next gardening project.

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      Jeanne Grunertposted 12 years ago

      If you look in gardening catalogs or internet catalogs, find "Midget" varieties. These adapt well to containers. I have grown tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, cucumbers and cantaloupes successfully in containers. The trick is to find ones suitable, so look for 'bush' or 'midget' varieties. Good luck and happy gardening!

    14. Purple Perl profile image50
      Purple Perlposted 12 years ago



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