Grow your own food without an allotment! You can harvest significant crops by growing vegetables in containers and pots . It’s the perfect choice for balcony and patio-gardens, small gardens with limited space or rented homes where you can’t dig over the garden beds.
Here are my top 10 vegetable varieties You Can try in containers. You’ll be amazed how much food you can harvest from such a small space!
These are great container crops. To avoid a glut, sow a few seeds every couple of weeks and you’ll be harvesting them all through summer.
Soak the seeds in warm water for a few hours before sowing to speed-up germination.
Many people think potato plants need lots of room to grow, but what they actually need is deep-soil. They will grow in long containers like barrels or plastic dustbins.
Like potatoes, carrots need deep soil to grow well, but there are short-rooted varieties that do well in containers.
Sow thinly (2-3cm apart) and water during dry periods. Be careful not to bruise or crush the foliage as the smell may attract the root-ruining pest, carrot fly.
Any pot which has the capacity to hold up to 5 inches’ depth can be used for growing eggplant. However, without stake you would not be able to hold the plant in the pot, so be careful.
Crispy, peppery radishes are great in salads and a good crop for beginner veg gardeners. They are trouble-free and ready to harvest in as little as a month.
Sow little and often for a continuous supply and water well.
Chard is a stunning leafy green that is related to spinach and beetroot. It’s becoming more popular in the kitchen and its colorful stems make it a really attractive crop too – it even comes in rainbow varieties!
Spring or salad onions are a great crop for containers because they don’t need deep soil. They are also extremely easy to grow.
Spinach is a great cut and come again crop for containers, and full of leafy green goodness. Fill a container with rich compost and put the spinach seedlings in a spot with light shade – too much hot sunlight will lead to bolting.
Water copiously in dry weather to prevent the spinach leaves from tasting bitter
Grow your own fresh salads with lettuce plants. Sow one or two at intervals so they don’t all mature at the same time.
You need rich soil that is kept really moist for lettuces to grow well. Water in the morning rather than the evening, and cut the head when the firm heart has formed.
And 10. Herbs.
Kitchen herbs are the easiest edible plants to grow and deserve a spot on any container gardening list. Try thyme, chives, mint, sage, parsley, oregano and rosemary outdoors, and basil and coriander on the kitchen-windowsill.
What sort of veggies and herbs do you find easy to grow in containers?
Let me Know in the Comments Below.
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