Container Vegetable Plants - Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Suitable container vegetable plants aren't limited to tomatoes and peppers. Many folks are surprised to learn they can grow a wide variety of good stuff in a container. The following vegetables can be easily grown in standard containers:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Radishes

Additionally, most herbs are suited well to container gardening.



When choosing container vegetable varieties, you should look for certain key words such as "space saver" or "bush" on the seed packet. These key words are a good indication that the vegetable type is suitable for container gardening.

You can use a wide variety of containers for your container garden. Flower pots, buckets, window boxes, planters, whiskey barrels and wash tubs are all good choices. You're really only limited by your imagination. If you were to find a really big container, you could grow almost anything (Say, for instance, you had an old school bus sitting in your yard. You could take out the seats and cut the top off the bus. Then, after filling what was left of the bus with dirt, you could easily grow pumpkins, watermelons or sweet corn. Now that would be the mother of all container gardens!!).

Make sure that the containers you select have holes in the bottom for adequate drainage. If the container you choose does not already have these holes, you can use a drill and create them.



To learn how to grow these vegetables in containers, click on the individual vegetable links listed on the navigation bar on our Home page.

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