Vegetable Container Gardening

Posted By On December 1, 2008 - 9 responses
Vegetable Container Gardening

Growing your own fresh, organic vegetables is so easy to do and freshly harvested vegetables taste fabulous. Anyone can grow them and there is no need to have a large garden. Even if you only have a window box you can grow cut and come again salad leaves, radishes, salad onions and if you have room for a hanging basket then tumbling tomatoes to go with your salad!

If you are growing vegetables on your patio then any container or pot will do as long as it is at least 25cms or 10 inches in diameter and approximately 12 inches deep. Plastic pots are better than terracotta as the compost doesn’t dry out as fast but all pots and containers must have drainage holes.

There is no need to buy new pots – recycle where you can – potatoes can be grown in buckets, simply plant one seed potato per bucket. You will tip out a great harvest of lovely, clean potatoes!

Fill your containers with a good sterile compost which can be mixed with top soil to aid water retention but not garden soil as this can contain diseases. Putting a good layer of well rotted manure in the bottom of the containers not only acts as an organic fertilizer but also helps with water retention. If you have really deep containers you can place a thick layer of polystyrene in the bottom first. This will mean that you don’t use as much compost filling the containers up. Put copper tape around the top of the pots to stop slugs and snails which gives them an electric shock or use bird friendly slug pellets.

Remember that container grown vegetables will need watering properly and once every two weeks feed with a good organic general purpose fertilizer. Try to give them a sunny spot with a south or south west facing position.

The list of vegetables that you can successfully grow in containers is endless. I said earlier tomatoes can be grown in hanging baskets, one plant per basket, try Tumbling Tom or Balconi Yellow. Grow standard tomato plants in pots or grow bags – Bloody Butcher is an excellent tasting, heirloom tomato. One plant per pot or two plants in a grow bag with a cane stick for support.

Dwarf runner beans Hestia, dwarf french beans Purple Teepee and Kenyan Safari are great in pots and need no support. You could grow a climbing french bean, Blue Lake is good and use either cane sticks or an obelisk to support the plants. The more you pick the beans, the more they grow!

Courgettes and squashes can be grown and left to scramble across the patio or try Tromboncino courgettes and Festival squash which will both climb. These would look stunning growing up an obelisk. Defender is a good courgette variety that never fails to deliver tasty courgettes.

There are carrot varieties especially bred for growing in containers. Parmex is a round carrot and Little Finger is a small baby carrot. Give Pak Choi and beetroot a try. These are both easy to grow and the beetroot leaves can be cooked like spinach. One thing that you mustn’t forget is cut and come again salad leaves and salad onions. Buy a mixed selection of salad leaf seeds so you are guaranteed a colourful and tasty side salad.

Remember to water and feed the vegetables, enjoy growing them but most of all enjoy eating your own grown, organic vegetables!!

9 Comments Below to “Vegetable Container Gardening”

  1. Laminated Garden Guides on

    Container gardening is great for gardeners who live in an apartment or house without a yard. Container gardens are also great for gardeners in an area with a limited growing season, since the vegetable garden containers can be brought indoors before the first frost. Growing vegetables in containers can provide some wonderful opportunities and it isn’t hard to start! Best of all, the stuff you grow yourself tastes SO much better than the stuff that you get from the supermarket.

  2. Callum on

    Hi there,

    I recently planted seeds in one of the most ambitious urban gardening projects of recent times ( and have to say, I’ve been amazed at how quickly the seeds have sprung up! I’m documenting my progress on my blog ( – please follow me and support this amazing project!

  3. alexandra on

    it’s my dream to start growing in containers.
    it’s very useful to read your recomendations.
    I hope to know more in future

  4. Abigail on

    I love growing veggies in containers! He have a small vegetable garden, but every year I plant few containers also..they’re practical, I keep them on the porch near the kitchen, there’s no weeding…and I can start growing vegetables earlier indoor, when using containers.

  5. Dirk The Gardening Guy on

    This is so true i grow most of my veggies in container. And herbs i bring indoors on the window makes cooking fun. but dont forget to water regularly and move the pot so they dont lean over

  6. Helena on

    Me and my son start to plan a vegetable garden so I am in the phase of reading, planing and learning.

    Of course with a 8 year old child, already made some seeding and already have some seeds sprouting and that is a lot of fun.

    So, thanks for the tips and info 😉

  7. container vegetable gardening on

    Recycle indeed. You can also use the bottom half of plastic water bottles for starting plants and also take away plastic salad bowls which I use when starting seeds for a greenhouse type effect for indoors in winter.

  8. single seeds on

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  9. heirloom seeds on

    Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before.Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written.will be referring a lot of friends about this.Keep blogging

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