Growing vegetables in containers: 20 best plants that will certainly grow

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Installing a container vegetable garden is possible. For people who don’t have yards or gardens, but you have a thing for gardening, you can grow your vegetables in containers. If you’re thinking about the productivity of growing vegetables in containers, don’t. Vegetables in containers can produce heavily.

Growing vegetables in containers may be challenging. Not all vegetables can grow in a container. Besides not all of them look appealing and aesthetic! If you’re planning to start growing your vegetables in containers, this selection contains the best vegetables that can grow, produce and most of all look beautiful in containers. check them out

1: Cucumber


Cucumber is the easiest vegetable to grow in containers. They’re heavy feeders. They only require regular watering and full sun. These plants use vertical space and they’re copious in production. Support and direct them upward with the help of a trellis or a cage or by any other way.

2: Tomatoes


Undoubtedly, this is the most productive vegetable to grow in a container. Tomatoes need to be exposed to sunlight for 6 hours minimum. The size of the container you should depends on the type of tomatoes you want to grow in. In containers, growing dwarf varieties of determinate type are best. You should also try cherry tomatoes for higher yield.

3. Beans


Generally, beans are climber plants so they grow vertically. They’re easy to grow in containers and they’re heavily productive. You can put them in containers on the wall or near the wall. In a few weeks, they will grow and you will get a green wall of beans. All you need is a sunny place and a container that is at least 12 inches deep.

Besides, if you have a large container, you could grow a variety of other plants with beans. Beans fix the nitrogen, thus, most vegetables that require nitrogen will grow perfectly underneath your beans.

4. Lettuce


on of the most popular vegetable to grow in containers. Lettuce is a tasty vegetable and it is almost used in our food every day. Since lettuce grows up quickly, you could harvest them many times during their growth. The challenging part is to decide when to grow lettuce. The growth of lettuce depends on your climate.

It is a cool-season crop. You should plant seeds in the spring but if you live in a warm climate, winter is the best. When choosing a container for your lettuce, you should focus on width rather depth. Don’t forget to make a space of at least four inches between each plant. Use well-draining soil and do shallow and frequent watering to keep the soil slightly moist always.

5. Peppers and Chilies

Peppers and Chilies

Growing vegetables in containers is not an easy choice especially when you’re looking for a good productivity and a good appearance. Chilies are one of the few vegetables that deliver both productivity and aesthetics. They’re super productive and they look great in containers. However, you will need a deep container, at least 12 inches of depth is needed.

Peppers and chilies grow in a warm climate. If you keep the pot in a sunny spot and provide right soil and fertilize the plant time to time it will fruit heavily.

6. Radishes


Radishes are popular vegetables to grow in containers. They grow quickly and they’re adaptable to any size of container whether it is small or big. Usually, the container has to be 6 inches deep. But, if you want to grow a larger variety of radishes, you will need to use 8 to 10 inches deep container. Don’t forget to keep 3 inches of space between each plant.

7. Asian Greens

Asian Greens

When growing vegetables in containers, Asian greens are an extremely smart choice. They don’t large containers to grow. Asian greens are perfect to grow if you don’t live in a sunny climate. They just need 3 to 4 hours of morning sun. Provide them with a plenty of moisture and organic fertilizer and they will grow and thrive fast.

8. Spinach


Spinach is an excellent vegetable to grow in a container. For many, it is the best vegetable to grow in a container. Spinach can grow in any space and in partial shade. Thus, you can even grow it indoors. All you need is a container that is at least 6 inches deep but it has to be wide.

If you want to learn more about growing spinach in containers, you will find all the required information here.

9. Peas


Peas grow in moderate conditions. They are perfect vegetables to grow in containers as they don’t require big ones. Besides, they grow fast without the need of much care and observation. It is a low maintenance plan. It only needs regular and frequent watering because Peas need a slightly moist soil to thrive. Many people grow Peas on their balcony.

You could check out these balcony gardening ideas to discover which plans can grow on your balcony.

10. Carrots


Growing carrots in containers is not difficult. they don’t require much space. However, carrots need a cool weather. These healthy delicious vegetables also need regular frequent watering otherwise the roots will dry and the plant will die.

11. Eggplant


In spite of being susceptible to many garden pests, growing eggplant is easy. This summer crop needs hot temperature both day and night. It a heat-loving vegetable. People who live in a warm climate, grow it year round.

It is easier to maintain eggplant in containers rather than in a large vegetable garden. However, you should always keep the container in a full sun.

12. Squash


This is another easy growing plant. There are two types of squash which are summer squash and winter squash. Summer squashes, also known as Zucchini, are usually more productive than winter squashes. They grow perfectly in containers that is why we usually find them on rooftop, balcony or patio gardeners.

13. Kale


Growing Kale in containers is a piece of cake. Although it is a cool weather plot, Kale can tolerate summer heat. Kale can be harvested many times. You could choose to pick up the young tender leaves or to cut the whole plant at once.

If you live in a colder region, you should plant your Kale in a full sun. If you live in a warmer region, plant it ina partial sun. However, you should keep in mind that biennially, Kale starts to taste somewhat bitter and strong during hotter months.

14. Chard


Chard is a cold weather crop. However, it tolerates heat better than Kale. If you live in a warm climate, chard is more suitable for you. Just like Kale, chard grows well in small-sized containers. Both plants require at least 6 inches of space.

15. Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens

Although mustard greens are a warm climate crop, they can grow in any climate without much attention. It is a popular plant used in different ways. Its big leaves are usually picked up to prepare leafy green recipes and curries, whereas young tender leaves are more suitable for salads and sandwiches

16. Garlic


It is commonly known that garlic is one of the healthiest and one of the most expensive vegetables. Garlic is used in cooking and for medical reasons. Its greens can be eaten too. They are used in salads, in sandwiches, and in much other preparation. However, it is not widely known that garlic can grow in containers.

Growing garlic in a container is not a difficult task. You will need a container that is at least 6 inches deep. However, it has to be as wide as possible because you will need to leave 5-6 inches of space between each clove you plant.

17. Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

This plant is considered by many the best vegetable to grow in a container. It is edible, healthy and exotic. Although bitter melon is naturally a tropical climber, it can be planted as an annual in summer in temperate. Growing it is not difficult. In fact, it is similar to squashes, cucumbers, and melons. It requires a 12 inches container and a sturdy trellis.

18. Beets



Beats is also a popular vegetable to grow in containers. All the varieties of beets can grow in containers. However, if you want the best results, you should grow “Red Ace” type. Beets need depth. Thus, you will need a 12 inches deep container for your beets to grow.

19. Cole Crops

cole crops

All cole crops such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage are suitable to grow in containers. They are easy to grow too. However, be careful not to grow a lot of types in the same container. They will not grow this way.

20. Onions


Onions are a cinch to grow in containers. These healthy and delicious vegetables are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in containers. Especially green onions are known to grow well in containers. All you need is a container which is  4 to 5 inches deep. Be careful, each container should grow one onion.

These are the best ideas for growing vegetables in containers. All the vegetables included in this list are one hundred percent guaranteed to grow, thrive and produce. You just need to follow the instructions provided with each plant.

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Till next time, enjoy growing your own food.


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