If you want to have a beautiful and productive container farm, choosing the right container gardening vegetables is very crucial. You’re sure to harvest better and bigger yields and have far fewer problems. Vegetables like tomatoes and eggplants assures you of ripe fruits each week and a green leafy vegetables lets you pick a few leaves as needed. Keep this in mind, large plants have large root systems and they have to be grown in big pots to hold more soil.
Here are my best 3 potting crops: Carrots, Peppers and Cucumbers. I chose them because they’re one of the easiest to grow in pots and because they are my favorite. Here’s how you plant them.
Carrots. Anyone can plant them and they are perfect to grow in pots. If you plan to grow the ‘Nantes’ variety which usually grow around 7 in. long, you would need a pot with a depth between 9-14 inches. With the shorter carrot variety like the ‘Thumbelina’ and ‘Short ‘n Sweet’, you can use a shallower pot. They love warm and sunny spots, but never let the soil dry out. Thumbelina is a great container carrot, with bright orange color and sweet tasting round roots. It matures early and in just 60 days, they are ready to enjoy.
Peppers. The nice thing about peppers is that come in different wonderful colors and shapes. Their heat levels start from mildly spicy to the searing hot that burns your mouth. Or you may try growing the sweet peppers like the Giant Marconi which is great for grilling. They enhance the flavor and nutrition of any meal. Plant them in large pot that is 14 to 16 inches deep with several holes under for drainage. You may put two plants by digging holes deep enough to hold the root ball. Keep them in a sunny location where they can enjoy 6 – 8 hours of sunlight. To keep them growing upright, turn the pot daily. Keep the soil moist and avoid wetting the leaves when watering.
Cucumbers. They prefer to grow vertically. It’s not the flower or leaves that are important, but the crop of cucumber. They are basically large plants, but possible to grow in a container. Bush types take up half the space of trailing. With the plants dangling from a hanging pot is a sight to look at. If you want one that bears well on trellis, get a Lemon cucumber and slip a sturdy wire around the edge of the pot for the plant to climb on to. The pot depth you need here is at least 18inches with a tall trellis (about 4 feet tall) and place one plant per pot during transplanting. Fertilize them once every week and never let the soil dry out. Harvest them regularly to produce more fruit.
Try growing other crops. With persistence, you can grow any vegetable in pots or containers.
Go Organic. Have fun gardening!